Want some proof that alcohol inhibits your ability to make smart decisions? Look east as a Wisconsin man decided that it was time to take his truck and ice house out to a Wisconsin area lake. The only problem was there wasn't any ice to be had, and his truck and trailer wound up underwater. The Barron County Sheriff's Office, shared a photo of the incident on social media, with a message for area anglers, "THE.ICE.IS.NOT.READY.YET."
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I started doing drug abuse prevention at the St. Cloud children's home in 1986 when crack was king. This was a stimulant, a variation of cocaine. There was a nationwide crime surge to smuggle it into the country, distribute it, consume and pursue refills. A side effect of high-powered stimulants is agitation, often including a hot temper.
(Lindstrom, MN) -- Republican state Senator Mark Koran from North Branch in east-central Minnesota is asking people to donate to a family in Lindstrom that faces federal criminal charges stemming from the January 6th insurrection at the U-S Capitol. The Star Tribune reports Koran posted a link to a crowdfunding site launched by a member of the Westbury family, saying "they need assistance to mount a fair defense from an overbearing Dept. of Justice" against charges "which seem to be just to punish opposing views." Minnesota Democratic Party Chairman Ken Martin says Koran's post is among recent examples of "dangerous extremism within the Minnesota Republican Party."
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Another eight deaths in Central Minnesota were linked to COVID-19 infections in the last week, according to data from the Minnesota Department of Health. As a whole the state added 14,923 cases and 75 deaths in the last week, a decline in both metrics compared to the preceding two weeks.
The number of COVID-19 positive patients within CentraCare hospitals in Central Minnesota continue to be high. CentraCare Spokesman Dr. George Morris joined me on WJON today. He says the the number can vary slightly each day or even each hour but they've been pretty steady with 80 to 85 patients with approximately 65 of them at St. Cloud hospital. Last week's numbers were nearly identical with 85 in CentraCare hospitals and 66 at St. Cloud Hospital. Morris says they have 21 in the ICU/Critical Care unit. Last week's numbers showed 23 in the ICU/Critical Care Unit. He says 85% of the people hospitalized are unvaccinated with no unvaccinated people in the ICU/Critical care unit this week.
ST. CLOUD -- Spiders are a common sight in Minnesota homes as the weather gets colder. They are trying to find warm spots with food. William Cook is a Zoology Professor at St. Cloud State University. He says we are allies to the spiders. Humans, we've done a great job...
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MANKATO — South-central Minnesota had three more COVID-19 deaths confirmed Friday, raising its October death toll to 34. The deaths occurred in two Nicollet County residents between 75-79 years old and 80-84 years old and a Watonwan County resident between 85-89, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. They were among 22 confirmed COVID-19 deaths statewide, bringing Minnesota’s pandemic death toll to 8,537.