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WILKIN COUNTY, Minn. — A Nashua man has minor injuries after rolling his pickup near Foxhome and spending more than 10 hours in a ditch. Someone driving by called the accident in about 8:30 Wednesday morning. They noticed Andreas Neumann still in the damaged vehicle. He told officers he crashed about 10 p.m. but his injuries prevented him from walking for help.
FARGO—Construction season in Fargo begins on Monday. The city will begin work on a mile-long stretch of 32nd Avenue between 42nd and 32nd Street near the I-29 interchange and Flying-J. The $19-million project will widen the road and create more efficient exits onto the interstate. It won't be complete until October.
MINNEAPOLIS—Sunday liquor sales may not be legal in Minnesota until July, but one store decided to start early, by nearly four months. Surdyk's Liquor in Northeast Minneapolis spread the word on social media saying they'd be selling booze from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday. A number of people were in the store buying alcohol even though it's technically still banned until the first Sunday in July. Governor Dayton signed the bill last Tuesday. The store owner says he's just doing what the customers want.
ROCHESTER, Minn—One of the nation's leading hospitals in specialized and complex care is preparing for major growth. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester is planning a $217-million expansion. They expect to add three floors to an already 5-story building upgrade and move the cardiac surgery facilities and increase the size of the NICU and pediatrics ICU. Private patient rooms will also be expanded. The construction is expected to take five years.
METRO—Fargo-Moorhead leaders are joining forces to find a way to reduce the use of plastic grocery bags. Fargo commissioner John Strand suggested the ban last spring during his campaign, suggesting that people hand out free reusable bags as a public education campaign. Strand and Sara Watson Curry, a Moorhead City Council member, held a meeting on Friday with landfill officials. They say there are important environmental and fiscal reasons to reduce plastic bag use.
FARGO—Daylight savings also means losing an hour of sleep and doctors say timing is everything to adjust. According to The National Sleep Foundation, 40-percent of adults get less than seven hours of sleep a night. Between seven to nine hours are recommended. Less than that can result in depression, weight gain, and heart problems. The Director of the Sanford Sleep Center says when you go to bed is just as important as how many hours of sleep you get.
FLORIDA KEYS—A 330-pound giant green sea turtle was released back in the ocean off of the Florida Keys. Here's Jolly, who was found in February tangled in crab traps. She was rescued and then recovered at the Turtle Hospital in Florida where the team partially amputated one of her flippers. "Nesting season in Florida Keys starts in April. So she being a mature female can get out there, in time to date and hopefully lay some eggs," said Bette Zirkelbach, Turtle Hospital Manager.
FARGO—A sweet surprise for a Fargo dad... A group of daycare kids moved its annual Father's Day party to Sandy's Donuts on Wednesday. 6-year-old Hunter Schaub proposed the change so his dad could take part. Saturday, Ken Schaub is leaving for a year-long deployment. On Wednesday the kids decorated patriotic donuts, chowed down on frosting, and danced off the sugar rush. "He's pretty amazing. He's always helping people out and just giving people random things, so it's pretty nice," said Ken Schaub, Hunter and Jamie's Dad.
MOORHEAD—The deadline is almost here to take ice houses off lakes in Minnesota, but some anglers may need to get them off sooner. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says everything needs to be cleared off the ice by midnight on Monday March 20. That's for lakes north of Highway 200 and U.S. Highway 2. DNR officials say ice conditions are rapidly deteriorating, which is making lakes unsafe to be on. Anglers on the Minnesota-Canada border water have until March 31 to take their ice houses off lakes.
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