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Around the state: 2 dead in fiery crash in Coon Rapids

2 dead in fiery crash in Coon Rapids

COON RAPIDS — A man and a woman have died in a fiery crash in Coon Rapids.

Anoka County sheriff's authorities say 911 callers reported the crash just after 9 p.m. Saturday. Officers found a vehicle had struck a concrete power pole and caught fire. After the fire was extinguished, the bodies of two adults were found in the vehicle.

Authorities say the driver was a 39-year-old man and his passenger was a 38-year-old woman. Both were from Coon Rapids. Names of the victims were not immediately released.

Witnesses say the car was speeding but there was no indication it was racing other vehicles.

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The crash is under investigation.

1 found dead following vehicle fire in St. Paul

ST. PAUL — St. Paul police are investigating after a person was found dead inside a burning vehicle.

The blaze was reported about 8 p.m. Friday in the Thomas-Dale neighborhood. The St. Paul Fire Department put out the fire.

Authorities say the Ramsey County medical examiner's office is working to identify the deceased and determine the cause of death.

Ice-out finally declared on Lake Minnetonka

MINNETONKA — Authorities have declared ice-out on Lake Minnetonka in the western Twin Cities, tying the record for the latest ice-out on the big lake.

The Freshwater Society and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Water Patrol declared the ice-out just after noon Saturday. This year's ice-out ties 1857 for the latest on record.

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The Freshwater Society reports this year's ice-out on Lake Minnetonka is three weeks later than the median ice-out date of April 14.

Ice-out on Lake Minnetonka is declared when boats can pass through channels and navigate all portions of the lake.

Some ice remained on the lake Saturday, but officials said all bays and channels were navigable.

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