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MINNEAPOLIS — Gov. Tim Walz will hold a press conference to highlight a COVID-19 testing milestone in Minnesota at 2 p.m. Monday, June 29, at the Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building on the University of Minnesota campus. Walz will be joined by Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, University of Minnesota Medical School Vice Dean for Research Tim Schacker, M.D., and William Morice, M.D., Ph.D., President of Mayo Clinic Laboratories and Chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. A livestream of the event will be available here closer to the start time.
BISMARCK — A 22-year-old man from the Minot Air Force Base drowned Saturday afternoon, June 27, while kayaking in Ward County, according to a statement from the county sheriff's department released Monday. Tyve Bulliner was kayaking on Nelson Carlson Lake with a second individual when their vessel capsized, Sheriff Bob Roed said in the news release. The second kayaker was rescued by onlookers. The Ward County Sheriff’s Department, the Burlington County Fire Department Dive Team, the Ward County Dive Team, and a local ambulance responded to the scene.
GLENWOOD, Minn. — An 18-year-old man from Starbuck was killed Sunday, June 28, when he was ejected from his vehicle following a head-on collision with a semi on Pope County Road 18. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Josiah Michael Wright, was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene. The crash occurred around 12:42 p.m. Sunday on County Road 18, just west of Highway 104, south of Glenwood.
FRAZEE, Minn. — A 3-year-old boy was killed and four others injured in a Frazee-area wreck Saturday, June 27. The two-vehicle crash was reported around 4:08 p.m., according to a news release from the Becker County Sheriff’s Office. A 2001 Ford pickup truck, driven by Kristopher Lee Engle, 34, of Frazee, was eastbound on County Road 151, near the intersection of 440th Avenue in Evergreen Township, about 60 miles east of Moorhead, according to the release. The Ford struck a 2004 Dodge Durango driven by Chad Raymond Bladow, 29, of Lake Park.
BISMARCK -- A 57-year-old Bismarck woman was killed in a two-car crash Saturday morning, June 27, just east of Bismarck. The crash was reported just after 9 a.m. on Interstate 94, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Safety's Driver and Vehicle Services division is facing a significant backlog of mail-in vehicle registration renewals and will be sending verification letters to thousands, which can then be shown to law enforcement. The letter will prove the driver has sent in their renewal but not received the updated stickers for the vehicle's license plates. Law enforcement has also been notified.
AITKIN, Minn. — A 49-year-old McGregor man faces a second-degree attempted murder charge for allegedly stabbing another McGregor man during a fight. Clifford Monroe Skinaway Jr. was charged Friday, June 26, in Aitkin County District Court with three felony counts of second-degree attempted murder with intent but not with premediatation and first- and second-degree assault. The maximum sentence Skinaway may receive for the attempted murder charge is no more than 20 years.
HIBBING, Minn. -- A Hibbing Public Schools elementary teacher is being investigated by the Hibbing Police Department for sharing explicit images with underage students. According to a news release from Hibbing police, an officer received a voicemail Saturday regarding a video image sent from a male teacher to a 10-year-old child via a group Snapchat. The image showed complete frontal nudity from the chin down of an adult Caucasian male. The parent of the child identified the male to police as an elementary teacher in Hibbing.
GRASSY BUTTE, N.D. -- A 78-year-old man was killed in an ATV accident Thursday, June 25, in McKenzie County. Roger Chinn was spraying his farmstead about five miles south of Grassy Butte when, on a steep embankment, the ATV hit a tree and overturned, pinning Chinn underneath, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The patrol received the emergency call at 9 p.m. Thursday. Chinn, who was not wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene. Grassy Butte is about 30 miles south of Watford City in western North Dakota.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Health will hold a conference call at 2 p.m. Friday, June 26, to brief members of the media on the latest public health information regarding COVID-19. Speakers will include Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm and Infectious Disease Division Director Kris Ehresmann. Watch a video of the event below.