A 25-year-old Hopkins man died over the weekend after falling off a boat in Aitkin County. According to the Aikin County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called to Elm Island Lake in Nordland Township around 4 p.m. Saturday on reports of a man overboard. Investigators learned the victim, identified as Daniel T. Nelson, had been out fishing with friends with he fell overboard. According to authorities, Nelson had reportedly been sitting on the edge of the boat when he suddenly fell into the water — he was not wearing a life jacket and did not resurface. One of Nelson's friends jumped into the water and attempted to rescue Nelson, but couldn't find him in the murky water. The Crow Wing County Drive and Rescue team recovered Nelson's body around 10 p.m. A preliminary report by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Nelson's cause of death to be freshwater drowning.
A car slammed into construction equipment in Waconia early Saturday morning, killing a 16-year-old passenger and injuring the 16-year-old driver. According to the Carver County Sheriff's Office, the crash happened around 4:20 a.m. when a 16-year-old from Waconia driving a Toyota Camry northbound on Oak Ave. collided with payloader that was parked on the east side of the lane near Goldfinch Dr. The driver was taken to a Hennepin Healthcare with non-fatal injuries, while the 16-year-old passenger, identified as Anthony M. Lewin, of Waconia, died in the crash. As of Sunday morning, a fundraiser had generated more than $4,000 to help pay for "funeral expenses." The sheriff's office says the payloader was marked by a traffic cone and the speed limit is 30 mph in the area, though authorities don't say how fast the teen driver was going at the time of the crash. Authorities ar e investigating the crash.
Gas prices have fallen for the ninth straight week, but it's likely that streak is coming to an end. Gas Buddy.com says average gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 10.7 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.87. The national average price for gas has fallen 9.9 cents per gallon, averaging $3.92. The national average for diesel has declined 14.8 cents in the last week and stands at $5.27 per gallon. However, Gas Buddy says wholesale gasoline prices have bounced back up about 40 cents per gallon as oil prices have rebounded. That means the decline in average prices could wrap up soon, with some price increases possible as early as this week, especially in the areas of the Great Lakes.
Three people were taken to the hospital after a crash near Buckman Saturday. The Morrison County Sheriff's Office says it happened at the intersection of Partridge Road and 93rd Street just after 6:00 p.m.The sheriff says 17-year-old Kayla Barthel of Foley was traveling south on Partridge Road, failed to yield at the stop sign, and was hit broadside by a car heading west on 93rd Street. Barthel was taken by ambulance to St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls with unknown injuries. The driver of the other car, 63-year-old Sharon Talberg of New Brighton, and her passenger, 61-year-old Darvin Kapsner of Hillman were also brought to the hospital with unknown injuries.
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