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FARMINGTON, Minn.—A 25-year-old Farmington woman has been released from custody after a search of her rental home where she ran a nonprofit animal rescue operation just outside of the southern Twin Cities suburb uncovered 60 dead cats and more than 40 other animals that were mostly alive. Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced Friday, May 11, that Caycee Lynn Bregel would not be charged Friday, and that the matter remains under investigation.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- The man who died from a gunshot wound in his rural home after a shooting about 10 miles northwest of Alexandria Wednesday has been identified as David Wayne Bragg, 43. At this time, no arrests have been made, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, which provided an update late Thursday afternoon, May 10.
EAST GULL LAKE —A resident apparently suffering from mental illness at an East Gull Lake adult group home is facing an assault charge after a stabbing earlier this week of another woman. Lisa Louise Westgard, 57, East Gull Lake, was charged Thursday, May 10, in Cass County District Court in Walker with felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. The felony carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison and/or a $14,000 fine.
AITKIN, Minn. -- A 15-year-old boy was upgraded from critical to serious condition Thursday, May 10, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis after being involved in a double fatality crash near McGregor in northern Minnesota.
BABBIT, Minn. -- The body of a missing northern Minnesota woman was found Tuesday near Babbitt, more than 2 miles from where her vehicle was located in February. Tawhna Jolee Pringle, 30, of Grand Rapids was last seen at about 10:30 p.m. Jan. 11 on a convenience store surveillance camera near Babbitt. Her ex-husband reported her missing Jan. 27 after she hadn’t been seen or heard from for more than two weeks.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- With the help of sonar equipment, divers on Tuesday night, May 8, recovered the body of a man last seen Monday afternoon entering the Mississippi River, starting to swim and going under about halfway across. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Department identified the man Wednesday afternoon as Shannon David Shaw, 49, of Waite Park.
MCGREGOR, Minn. -- Two people are dead and one more is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a crash on Highway 210 east of McGregor in Aitkin County. The Minnesota State Patrol said a Dodge Journey driven by 36-year-old Rebekah Seibert of McGregor was traveling westbound on Highway 210. Her vehicle slid on wet pavement into oncoming traffic where it was hit by a Ford pickup driven by 64-year-old Edward Ruhnke of Duluth. The Ford pickup hit the Dodge on its rear passenger side.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota state health officials are investigating an outbreak of E. coli related to romaine lettuce from the Yuma region. The Minnesota Department of Health is working with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and public health agencies in other states to investigate an outbreak. Information on the national outbreak can be found on CDC's and FDA's websites.
GRAND FORKS—Eastern North Dakota is in a Red Flag Warning through 6 p.m. Monday, May 7, as strong winds, dry grass and low humidity create ideal conditions for wildfire outbreaks to occur, the National Weather Service said. The warning is in effect for Cavalier, Pembina, Walsh, Nelson, Grand Forks, Griggs, Steele, Traill, Barnes, Cass, Ransom, Sargent and Richland counties.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- A 55-year-old Grand Rapids man was killed Friday, May 4, after his motorcycle rear-ended another Grand Rapids motorcyclist in Irondale Township in Crow Wing County. The crash occurred on Highway 210 between Brainerd and Crosby by the Deerwood Cutoff. Steven James True, 63, was eastbound on his 2009 Harley-Davidson Road Street on Highway 210 at County Highway 12 at about 7:30 p.m. True braked hard and was rear-ended by Frank Joseph Westerlund on his 2017 Harley-Davidson Road Glide, the patrol said. Westerlund was killed in the crash.