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Our Views: What will the opioid epidemic look like in retrospect?

In this Friday, June 1, 2018, photo, small vials of fentanyl are shown in the inpatient pharmacy at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. Amid the nation's opioid epidemic, hospitals are struggling to get widely used injected pain medicines because of ongoing supply shortages. The short


3-year-old dies in pool in Pierce County

HAGER CITY, Wis. (WEAU) --A three-year-old boy has died in Pierce County.It happened on Thursday in the Town of Trenton, near Hager City.Deputies say 3-year-old Ryker Tipton was found unresponsive in an above ground pool. The boy’s mother found him and tried lifesaving efforts.According to the Pierc


Winter greenhouses still produce in heat of summer

LAKE CITY —A greenhouse can be a serious investment for a farm. So, when a greenhouse is designed for winter growing, what do you do with it in the summer?For Paul and Sara Fried at the Lake City Catholics Worker Farm, their deep winter greenhouse becomes a tropical hothouse in summer.“We started ou


Rochester man claims AK-47 stolen from his garage

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Rochester police are investigating a report that a man had an AK-47 stolen from his garage.It happened in the 100 block of 11 ½ St. SE and police say it was stolen between June 29 and July 3.The man told police he kept the gun in his garage on his shelf and it had a loaded magazin


Rochester Police Forced to Use Fire Extinguishers on "Mean" Dogs

Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - A Rochester man spent the July 4th holiday in the Olmsted County jail after being busted for drugs.Police officers executed a search warrant Tuesday at the man’s residence at 1723 20th Ave SE. Officers found 50 grams of cocaine at the home, along with two young childr


Rochester man to be charged with cocaine possession

Arrested at the house was Samuel Martinez-Muniz, 35, of Rochester, said John Sherwin, interim Rochester police chief. Martinez-Muniz allegedly admitted selling and using the drug. He will face charges of first-degree sales of a controlled substance, and child endangerment.


Man on motorized scooter hit by SUV

The man told authorities he stopped at the edge of the sidewalk, waited for the walk signal, and looked both ways before entering the intersection.


Chlorine gas leak forces evacuation at Bob Welch Aquatic Center; no one harmed

A chlorine gas leak forced swimmers to evacuate the Bob Welch Aquatic Center shortly before noon Wednesday.The aquatic center staff reported the gas leak at 11:54 a.m. after a chlorine gas detector was triggered, Winona Fire Department Assistant Chief Jason Thewsch.Swimmers were evacuated to a nearb


Cochrane man killed in accident remembered for his love of cars, passion for people

Dozens of car enthusiasts and collectors happily milled about the Buffalo City Park on Wednesday for the annual Fourth of July Car Show, but at the registration tent, the mood was melancholy.On Monday, the show’s organizer, 70-year-old Dennis Schmidtknecht of Cochrane, was killed when his vehicle we


Driver goes through wet concrete, causing $100k damage

"This doesn't happen very often for us, thankfully. But when it does, it can cause some considerable damage," said MnDOT's Anne Meyer.


One dead in 2-vehicle crash near Alma

Dennis C. Schmidtknecht, 70, was attempting to pass a car going in the same direction when another vehicle also tried to pass. The two cars collided and Schmidtknecht's vehicle struck numerous guardrails and a bridge before overturning multiple times.


Attorney Says Child Sex Crime Suspect Has Infected Wounds

When 51-year-old Julio Baez was arraigned in Olmsted County Court two weeks ago, his conditional bail was set at $500,000. His attorney is seeking to have it reduced to $100,000, saying she “has never seen bail this high for these charges.”


Rochester Man Gets Probation for Armed Robbery

Last year, Green pleaded guilty to a drive-by shooting and faced a recommended prison sentence, but was placed on probation after the judge handling the case found he was amenable to probation and “showed remorse” for his actions.


High-speed chase ends with manhunt through Chatfield woods Wednesday morning

According to Chatfield Police, a pursuit for a suspect in a pickup truck began around 2:45 a.m. Wednesday. The suspect headed westbound on I-90 in Winona County, at one point crossing the median and traveling in the wrong lanes of traffic.


Rochester Man Sentenced for Brutal Assault, Robbery

Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - A Rochester man has been sentenced for a conviction stemming from an assault and robbery that happened last summer.20-year-old Jeremy Maclin was on probation for a burglary involving a gun when investigators connected him to an attack on a man that left the victim wit


Sudden lightning storm causes Fourth-event cancelations, delays; more rain in afternoon.

Several Minnesota counties have been issued National Weather Service warnings and advisories, which may impact Fourth of July parades or festivities. Here’s what we know so far:The parade in Eagan down Yankee Doodle Road has been cancelled, and the 12:30 p.m. parade down Main Street in Afton will co


Man dies Monday in two-vehicle crash

Schmidtknecht and fellow driver Richard G. Baures, 66, of Cochrane simultaneously attempted to pass a third vehicle — all going eastbound on the highway — at about 2:46 p.m.


Big Lake man loses control of motorcycle, goes off road, crashed on County Road 9 in Goodhue

According to Minnesota State Patrol, 20-year-old Isaac Schulte was headed east on County Road 9 when he lost control of his Kawasaki motorcycle, ran off the road on the right and crashed.


Menomonie woman allegedly steals tampons, breaks machines at Eau Claire hospital

Bjonca Secora, 28, is charged with criminal damage to an ATM/other machine, and two counts of felony bail jumping in this case.


One dead in two-vehicle crash after attempting to pass another vehicle

An initial investigation revealed Schmidtknect and another driver attempted to pass a third vehicle while they were all traveling the same direction. That’s when the vehicles collided with each other when they were passing. Schmidtknect’s vehicle hit several guardrails, a bridge, and overturned mult