>>Flood Levels Dropping on Mississippi River in Minnesota, Wisconsin

(St. Paul, MN) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports some localized flooding along the Mississippi River in Minnesota and Wisconsin, but the levels are dropping. Officials say there are no current impacts to navigation. They are urging boaters to use caution because there is more debris on the river than normal. High water that moved downstream in the Mississippi River caused major flooding in Iowa.

>>Teenager Drowned in Waite Park Quarry

(Waite Park, MN) — A 17-year-old is dead after jumping from a 10-foot-tall cliff inside Quarry Park and Nature Preserve in Waite Park and drowning on Tuesday. Witnesses told authorities the boy jumped into the water but never resurfaced. Rescue crews recovered the teenager just before 9 pm in 31 feet of water.

>>Former Timberwolves Employee Sentenced to Probation

(Minneapolis, MN) — A former Minnesota Timberwolves employee will spend two years on probation after authorities alleged that he stole sensitive team information. 23-year-old Somark Sarkar was sentenced Tuesday in Hennepin County Court after he pled guilty to one count of unauthorized computer access. Sarkar was arrested in March after he was accused of stealing and downloading sensitive information from a Minnesota Timberwolves executive’s hard drive.

>>Southern Minnesotans Reminded About Switch To Ten-Digit Dialing

(Mankato, MN) — Starting July 30th, all customers in the southern Minnesota 507 area code must dial the full ten digits when making phone calls. Dialing only seven digits will no longer connect your call. This change is happening because the 924 area code will be assigned to that area starting August 30th.

>>Highway 19 Reopens Near Henderson

(Henderson, MN) — A road near Henderson that closed in late June due to rising floodwaters has reopened. The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced yesterday that Highway 19, east of the city, is now open to Highway 169. Crews will remove detour signs in the next few days as the water from the Minnesota River moves away from the roadway. MnDOT is also removing a dike on Highway 169 near Le Sueur, and only one lane will be open until that work is complete.

>>First Human Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in North Dakota

(Bismarck, ND) — Health officials in neighboring North Dakota are confirming the state’s first human case of West Nile virus. They say the resident of Morton County required hospitalization. Most people infected with the disease experience no symptoms. Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus were recently detected in Anoka County, but no human cases have been reported in Minnesota this season. The Department of Health usually sees the first cases in mid to late summer.


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