WABASHA, Minn. (AP) - A 19-year-old woman has died in a skiing accident in Wabasha. Authorities say Bethany Becker, of Corcoran, died after hitting a tree on one of the more advanced runs at Coffee Mill Ski Area Saturday. KTTC-TV reports Becker failed to make a turn toward the bottom of the slope and hit the tree.
DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) - A Minnesota man has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a police chase in western South Dakota that ended with him being shot by a non-lethal shotgun round. Twenty-nine-year-old Peter Biel, of Worthington, Minnesota, is accused of leading police on a chase in a stolen vehicle Jan. 5 in Spearfish and on Interstate 90 at speeds that reached 114 mph. He was taken into custody after being shot with the non-lethal shotgun round.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls police took a good-natured jab at the Minnesota Vikings as the team lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC championship game, and lost out on a trip to the Super Bowl. As the Eagles went up 31-7 against the vaunted Vikings defense, Sioux Falls police tweeted: "We just have been contacted by the @MinneapolisPD and are assisting in the locating of the Minnesota Vikings defense." The police assistance didn't help _ the Eagles went on to win 38-7.
LAKE BETON, Minn. (AP) - A University of Minnesota study says farmers in the state may not be getting all the help they need to deal with the stress and mental strain of their jobs. Marizen Ramirez co-authored the study and is an epidemiologist at the university. She tells Minnesota Public Radio that farmers who live far from mental health clinics may have a hard time getting the help they need.
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