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Deputy shot near Perley; Duluth’s top 10 snowiest winters

A Norman County deputy exchanged gunfire with a suspect during a traffic stop early Tuesday morning, leaving the deputy in the hospital with unspecified injuries, according to a report in the Fargo Forum. The Norman County Sheriff’s Department hasn’t released the name of the deputy or the extent of his injuries or the name of the suspect, citing the fluidity of the situation. “Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said an arrest took place about 10:40 a.m. not far from where the shooting occurred. He said the incident began about 8:30 a.m., when a Norman County Deputy made a traffic stop on County Road 39 east of Perley. At some point during the stop, the deputy and the driver of the car exchanged gunfire and the deputy was wounded, Bergquist said. The deputy, who is not being named, was taken to a Fargo hospital, according to Bergquist. Perley is located just east of the Red River and roughly 23 miles north of Moorhead on Highway 75.”

At 118.1 inches (so far), this has been one of Duluth’s snowiest winters.

Here’s another spring storm story, but the interesting thing about this one is the totals listed at the bottom of the storyAndrew Krueger of the Duluth News Tribune pulls out a standard snow story in advance of a predicted Wednesday storm. The area might get as much as a foot of snow, etc. At the bottom, though, is a list of the top 10 snowiest winters in Duluth. Here they are:


1. 1995-96, 135.4 inches

2. 1949-50, 131.8 inches

3. 2012-13, 129.4 inches

4. 1996-97, 128.2 inches

5. 1968-69, 121 inches

6. 1988-89, 119.1 inches

7. 2013-14, 118.1 inches (so far)

8. 1970-71, 116.9 inches

9. 1964-65, 110.8 inches

10. 2003-04, 109.9 inches

Down in Rochester, the Rochester Tea Party Patriots celebrated its fifth year of tax-day protest in a subdued way, writes Heather J. Carlson of the Rochester Post Bulletin. “About 150 people gathered at the Eagles Club in Rochester on Monday night. Some sipped on beer while perusing a table of silent auction items that included books by conservative authors and a framed Adrian Peterson jersey. It’s a far cry from the early tea party rallies outdoors that featured people toting picket signs railing against government bailouts and deficit spending. But while the signs are gone, the political anger remains. Rochester Tea Party Patriots member Mary Frances Burton said she turned out for the group’s first tax day rally on April 15, 2009, at Silver Lake Park because of her frustration with the direction the country was headed. She has remained involved, with the goal of doing what she can to help get conservatives elected. ‘I believe in the principles of small government, less taxes, get rid of Obama and all of that,’ she said.”  

Here’s a story about summer allergies from Ryan Johnson of the Fargo Forum. “Load up on tissues and antihistamines now, Red River Valley allergy sufferers – it could be a long spring and summer,” he writes. Woei Yeang Eng, an allergy and asthma specialist with Sanford Health, predicts an intense start to allergy season. “ ‘In the past few years, we’ve seen allergy season coming gradually,” he said. “You start noticing little symptoms get worse, worse, worse. This year, probably we’re going to see a burst of allergy season because of the way that the weather’s going right now.’ ” Linda Regan, a physician assistant at Catalyst Medical Center in Fargo, said the actual conditions will depend on temperatures and rainfall this year. Moisture can remove pollen from the air, but too much can lead to mold. If it’s a dry summer, she said, dust just adds to the air pollution, making for misery and irritation.

Some national reports have predicted it will be the worst allergy season in years, warning of high pollen counts and an intense first few weeks of spring because of the cold, wild winter. But Regan said that’s more likely to apply to other areas of the country, especially the Northeast, where heavy rains and snowfall could mean a bad time for allergy sufferers.

So this fire is a bad deal, but the takeaway has to be: A $75,000 mower? Kay Fate of the Rochester Post Bulletin writes, “Firefighters were called about 11:10 p.m. to the district’s maintenance complex in the 10 block of 9 1/2 Street Southeast for a waterflow alarm. After searching the area, crews discovered a 1999 Jacobsen lawn tractor inside one of the buildings had caught fire, but was extinguished by the sprinkler system, said Larry Mueller, assistant fire marshal. Early investigation has led officials to believe the fire was started by an electrical spark in the tractor’s ignition, he said. According to the report, the mower had been moved two days earlier, but hadn’t been used at all Saturday. The building itself sustained “very minimal damage,” Mueller said, but the loss was estimated at $75,000 for the tractor, which was destroyed. 

This story won’t win any Pulitzer Prizes, but the headline makes a guy stop and read: Man accused of driving go-kart while drunk. Trey Mexes of the Austin Daily Herald has the details:

AUSTIN — A 25-year-old Austin man is in jail after trying to drive a child-size go-kart while drunk early Sunday in northeast Austin.

Police Chief Brian Krueger said an officer nearly drove into the suspect on the go-kart, which was stopped on the side of the road … at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

The suspect told police he was “testing out” the go-kart and was celebrating the Lao New Year. The Lao New Year was on April 12.

Police noticed the suspect appeared drunk. They later found he had a revoked driver’s license and arrested him. Krueger said the man had a blood alcohol level of .10, which is above Minnesota’s 0.08 limit.

The man was taken to the Mower County jail on a gross misdemeanor second-degree DUI, driving after revocation, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police took the Razor brand go-kart into custody.

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