GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — 3 dead in National Guard helicopter crash
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz says three National Guard soldiers were killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash on Thursday afternoon. All three crew members were on a routine maintenance test flight when the helicopter crashed into a farm field in Stearns County. The National Guard Public Affairs Office confirmed that it lost contact with a UH-60 Black Hawk at 2:05 p.m. while it was conducting the test flight that originated from St. Cloud Airport. A search effort including crews from St. Paul Fire and Rescue, and the Minnesota State Patrol located wreckage near Kimball. KARE 11 research indicates that 23 military members have died in UH-60 Black Hawk crashes in the United States since 2014. The most recent was in September, when one person died in a Black Hawk crash near Fort Polk, Louisiana.
According to the Department of Health, Minnesota has one of the highest rates of binge drinking in the nation. Binge drinking is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as having, for women, four or more drinks in about a two-hour period. For men, it's five or more in that same time period. Department of Health numbers show in 2018, 16 percent of adults nationwide reported having binge drank. Those numbers show in Minnesota 20 percent of adults reported having binge drank, with 25 percent of Minnesota men reporting they had binge drank. Dana Farley, with the Alcohol & Drug Prevention Policy Director with the Minnesota Department of Health, notes that the Scandinavian cultures who settled Minnesota historical have high rates of drinking, and brought those practices with them to the area.
If experience is the best teacher, Bob Bell hopes college freshmen will learn from his. Exactly three decades ago, Bell was a new student at St. John's University, the start of what he thought would be the greatest year of his life. But college was not like Bob expected. In just two months on campus, he'd been in so much trouble St. John's said it was kicking him out. And then, the night before Thanksgiving break, Bob and his friends were roughhousing in the hall of their dorm when a classmate put him in a wrestling hold and they suddenly heard three sharp pops as his vertebrae snapped. He would never walk again. The first thing Bob said was to tell no one to touch him, knowing his injury was serious. He then asked someone to call 911. And the third thing he said was 'I forgive you'. I forgive you. Three words that thirty years later Bob says he still can't believe came to mind at that moment, and words he says set the course of his life.