>>Two Children Suffer Life-Threatening Injuries after UTV/Pickup Collision

(New London, MN) — Three children were hurt when the UTV they were in collided with a pickup in Kandiyohi County. The State Patrol says the crash happened just before 4 p.m. Sunday at an intersection near New London. A pickup driven by 40-year-old Matthew Anderson of Sunburg was going east on the highway and the UTV was going south when they collided. The driver of the UTV was a 15-year-old boy.  His two passengers, a 10-year-old boy, and an 11-year-old boy, both from New London, were all taken to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. The passengers had life-threatening injuries. The driver of the truck was not injured. Road conditions were snowy and icy at the time of the crash.

>>Albert Lea Processing Plant Fire

(Albert Lea, MN) — A fire at an Albert Lea processing plant Sunday resulted in the complete loss of two out of three buildings. Freeborn County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Green Group Reprocessing plant around 4 a.m. following reports of a large fire. Upon arrival, deputies found two of the three buildings engulfed in flames, and these were later declared complete losses. Fire crews were able to contain the fire quickly. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal.

>>MN AG Ellison Announces Lawsuit Against Evergreen Acres Housing, Dairy

(St. Paul, MN) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced today (MON) his lawsuit against Evergreen Acres Housing and Dairy for nearly $3 million in unpaid workers’ wage restitution, unlawful deductions, and civil penalties. Ellison says the company “robbed well over several dozen employees an average of 12 to 32 hours from each two-week pay period.” Ellison notes this is one of the largest wage theft enforcement actions in the history of the state’s Attorney General’s office.

>>Six Adults Displaced After Minneapolis Home Fire

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Red Cross is assisting six displaced adults after a fire in Minneapolis this morning (MON). The Minneapolis Fire Department responded to the home around 5:30 a.m. No one was injured, and the fire was quickly extinguished. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

>>Minneapolis City Council to Vote on Gaza Ceasefire Resolution

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minneapolis City Council will vote on a resolution for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza today (MON). This comes after more demonstrations and protests outside of Senator Amy Klobuchar’s Minneapolis office this weekend. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (Fry), a Jewish man, says he was never consulted about the resolution, adding there are other resolutions he would agree to.

>>Rochester Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Bust

(Rochester, MN) — A Rochester traffic stop turned up suspected cocaine, MDMA, and a firearm. Rochester Police say an officer stopped a vehicle around 1:45 Saturday morning after it rolled through a stop sign. When approaching, the officer saw a clear tied-off baggie containing a white powder on the vehicle’s floor, which resulted in the driver, 25-year-old Don Morgan of Rochester, being arrested on suspicion of narcotics possession. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a firearm magazine, handgun, and 42 pills which later tested positive for cocaine. Morgan is awaiting arraignment in Olmsted County Court.

>>Fire Destroys House Near Fergus Falls

(Fergus Falls, MN) — Fire destroyed a home in rural Parkers Prairie Township, east of Fergus Falls Sunday.  The call came in about 10:30 p.m.  The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office says no injuries were reported. Fire departments from Parkers Prairie, Miltona, and Deer Creek responded. The State Fire Marshal’s office is assisting in investigating the cause.

>>Gas Prices Falling

(Undated) — Gas prices dropped over the last week. Gas Buddy says average gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 3.9 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.81. The national average price of gas has fallen 3.8 cents, averaging $3.03. Analysts say sluggish gasoline demand has led to the national average easing again and brings back the potential for the national average to drift under $3 per gallon for the first time since 2021.  If demand remains weak, gas prices could fall further.  However, Gas Buddy says gas prices could start their rise of 35 to 85 cents per gallon around mid-February.

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