11 die on Minnesota roads

over Father’s Day weekend

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Public safety officials are raising concerns following a deadly weekend on Minnesota roads that saw nearly a dozen fatal crashes, with nearly half involving motorcyclists.

The Minnesota State Patrol says the Friday through Sunday stretch is the deadliest on Minnesota roads since 2016, killing 11 people. Five deaths came from motorcycle crashes and one involved a pedestrian.

State officials said Monday that alcohol and drugs are likely factors in two of the crashes and four are related to speeding.

Preliminary numbers show 146 people have died on Minnesota roads so far this year, up from 137 around the same time in 2017.

Bill Shaffer, motorcycle safety coordinator for the Office of Traffic Safety, is urging motorcyclists to wear protective gear and ride sober.

Minnesota man dies after

crashing motorcycle during chase

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man has died in a motorcycle crash after leading police on a short chase north of the Twin Cities.

The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy was trying to stop a speeding motorcyclist around 3:15 a.m. Saturday near North Branch. Authorities say the operator, 34-year-old Jason Lindman of Cambridge, sped away with speeds reaching 100 mph before crashing a half-mile away on a driveway approach.

Lindman was airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where he later died.

Freighter freed after running

aground in Duluth harbor

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The freighter that ran aground in the Duluth harbor is back in operation.

Duluth Seaway Port Authority spokeswoman Adele Yorde says the U.S. Coast Guard cleared the ship, American Spirit, to set sail Monday morning because there was no structural damage. Yorde says it later left the harbor loaded with iron ore pellets.

The Coast Guard will continue to investigate why the freighter ran into trouble Sunday afternoon.