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Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, but there continues to be a critical summer blood shortage. The Red Cross has experienced a 30 percent increase in blood donation appointments through mid-July, according to a news release.
One or our RiverTown reporters has a favorite question he likes to ask interviewees: What one thing do you believe everyone should have, regardless of cost? The answers range from nobel (peace, financial security and happiness) to sweet, such as when a child lobbies for free ice cream for life or those magical objects called toys. One young lady's answer was a best friend. There is one thing we wish everyone could have, and it's free: an open mind. We know already that everyone has an opinion.
COTTON, Minn. — A woman was killed, and a Duluth man is under investigation after a boat struck a dock and boat lift on a lake near Cotton late Saturday. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported that the crash happened at about 11:15 p.m. on Dinham Lake in Ellsburg Township, about 35 miles northwest of Duluth. According to the sheriff's office:
It's obvious the world is changing at a rapid rate. What an understatement. The older generation reminisces about the time when the world moved a slower pace. Sitting on the front porch with a glass of lemonade in the evenings after supper, chatting with a neighbor over that white picket fence, taking the time for real conversations face-to-face as opposed to a quick text or Snapchat over a screen.
Auto insurance company refunding $315,000 to Minnesota drivers ST. PAUL—More than 1,600 Minnesota drivers will be receiving refunds from Farmers Insurance Exchange after the insurance firm was accused of unfair pricing practices. The Minnesota Commerce Department examined Farmers Insurance Exchange's pricing practices and found that the company had been charging renters higher auto rates than homeowners, the agency said in a statement released Tuesday. It is illegal in Minnesota to set auto insurance rates based on residential status.
The River City Chorale is celebrating its ninth season of choral music by presenting a series of concerts in July. Over 140 vocalists from Hudson, Stillwater, New Richmond, the St. Croix River Valley, the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin will perform with the ensemble this summer. The public is invited to attend.
Farmington Public Schools Superintendent Jay Haugen will walk proudly in memory of his wife during this year's Farmington Relay For Life. Haugen will join a team of Farmington School Board and Farmington City Council members. "This has been quite the time in my life, and ever since I have come to Farmington, I have been thrilled to be in the community and found such a home," Haugen said.
RICHFIELD, Minn. — A 24-year-old man is dead after a drive-by shooting in Richfield on Monday night, police say. Officers found a man lying on on the street, with at least one gunshot wound to the chest around 11:20 p.m. Monday. Callers reported to 911 dispatchers that they heard four to five shots fired in the area, Richfield police say. Witnesses said the shots came from a 1990s gray minivan with a sliding door on the driver's side. Four people were in the van, witnesses told police. Paramedics treated the victim but he died at the scene.
ST. PAUL—For the third year in a row, seat belt tickets decreased during the Minnesota summer Click It or Ticket campaign's two-week extra enforcement wave. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety said a few of the more dangerous situations where drivers were ticketed were when a state trooper cited a young driver for not wearing a seatbelt while going 110 mph in a 55 mph zone, and an officer ticketing a driver with two teens riding in a boat being towed by a vehicle.
United Way St. Croix Valley recently awarded a grant to Camp Avanti for a scholarship fund to send several children to camp who else would not be able to. Camp Avanti provides an occupational therapy program for children ages 6 to 15 who have learning disabilities and/or sensory processing dysfunction, according to a news release. Through activity, individuals develop the ability to respond productively.