Updated: 03/15/2014 9:34 PM
Created: 03/15/2014 9:32 PM WDIO.com
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The frigid weather this winter contributed to at least 26 deaths across Minnnesota.
But the Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/1d2BYhL ) it's wasn't even as deadly as last year, when 41 people died despite much milder average temperatures.
The Minnesota Department of Health says exposure was a factor in at least 26 deaths from Dec. 1, 2013, through the end of February. That's about average for the past five years.
It's not clear why the numbers were lower this year. Some officials speculate there was far more publicity about the danger of the polar fronts. Or perhaps the subzero conditions made ice on lakes and rivers safer so fewer people died after falling through the ice.
Alcohol or drugs were factors in nearly half of this winter's cold-related deaths.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com
(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
1 Dead, 2 Injured in Rural Mt. Iron Crash
The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says that a 79-year-old Mt. Iron man is dead after a three-vehicle accident on Highway 7.
Iron River Man Killed, Wife and Grandson Injured in Rollover
The Bayfield County Sheriff's Office says that a 54-year-old Iron River, Wis. man was killed in a single-vehicle rollover accident in the town of Cable on Friday evening.
Community Leaders Spotlight Underused Income Tax Credit
Employers have just one more day to send out W-2 forms for taxes, but before this year's tax season gets in full swing, Duluth Community Leaders called attention to a credit that one in five eligible tax payers fail to claim.
Duluth Public Schools Prepped for Measles
With more than 100 cases of measles now confirmed in the U.S. including one in Minnesota, Duluth Public School officials said they're doing what they can to prepare for any sign of the virus in the Northland....
Mining Industry Day: We Are Hiring
The 3rd annual Mining Industry Day in Chisholm brought together mining companies and industry vendors, with folks who are looking for work.