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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House agriculture finance chairman wants to move nearly $2 million out of a fund set up to fight bird flu last year. Chairman Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, offered a plan under consideration so the money could be used for other agriculture disasters. "Right away, we would be able to access additional dollars if there was an agriculture disaster," Hamilton said Tuesday.
A Ponsford man has been found guilty of raping a 16 year old girl in the basement of his mother’s house. After a four day jury trial, Joseph Lee Bellanger, 40, was found guilty of two felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
FARGO—A 28-year-old Fargo woman who was charged last fall with gross sexual imposition after she was accused of having sex with a 14-year-old boy was sentenced Monday, April 11, to 167 days in jail after earlier pleading guilty to a lesser charge of soliciting a minor to have sex. Chelsea J. Leonard was given credit for having already served 167 days and was ordered to pay fees totalling more than $500.
BAUDETTE, Minn. -- Lake of the Woods Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a man who was found floating on the Rainy River on Monday. Lake of the Woods Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call at 11:26 a.m. Monday of a body floating on the Rainy River about one mile east of Baudette, Minn., according to a press release. John Martin Stiglich, 52, of Shoreview, Minn., was recovered from the river at 11:53 a.m.
ST. PAUL -- The man accused of fatally shooting a clerk in a law office housed above a popular restaurant in St. Paul will be held in jail in lieu of $1.5 million bail, Ramsey County District Court Judge Gary Bastian decided Monday. Ryan David Petersen, 37, is accused of second-degree murder in the shooting that occurred in a law office above the W.A. Frost & Co. restaurant on Selby Avenue in St. Paul’s Cathedral Hill neighborhood Thursday.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Sausages that spilled from a semi that hit a center median wall on Interstate 494 in Eden Prairie at 8:12 a.m. Monday caused traffic slowdowns during the rush hour. Sgt. Tiffani Nielson of the Minnesota State Patrol said the semi driver blacked out during a medical condition with the truck hitting the median and shearing off the side of the trailer allowing the meat products to spill onto the roadway.
DETROIT LAKES – Detroit Lakes Police are looking for two men who are persons of interest in an on-going death investigation. The Detroit Lakes Police is asking for the public’s help in identifying the two men. If anyone has any information regarding this investigation you are asked to contact Sgt. Robert Strand at (218) 846-3204 and email at email@example.com .
Terrance “Terry” Tibbetts Sr. and Melinda “Mindy” Iverson were the top two vote-getters in a field of 12 candidates in the primary vote Tuesday for White Earth Tribal chairman. They will now face off in the general election June 14. Tibbetts had 416 votes, or nearly 20 percent of the total, and Iverson had 408 votes, or just over 19 percent. Well known activist Winona LaDuke just missed the cut, coming in third with 378 votes.
Stories of rescue dogs and cats aren’t too hard to find, but rarely does one hear a heartwarming tale of a rescue pigeon. For Detroit Lakes couple Karen and Dave Shepard, though, that’s exactly what they’ve got. “People are going to think we’re crazy,” laughed Dave, as their little tag-along pigeon, Pudge, be-bops around the garage like he’s lived there forever. “Yeah, I call him Pudge,” he said, insinuating that the name could possibly have come from the pigeon’s newfound girth. “Everybody’s got to be called something.”
An 18-year-old Cloquet woman was arrested Wednesday after allegedly making bomb threats through social media against a number of public agencies. The Cloquet Police Department reported that the woman was taken into custody at the Carlton County Courthouse on Wednesday, two days after the Carlton County Sheriff's Office received a threat. Police said the woman admitted to making the threat, along with others targeting the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office, Superior Police Department and an undisclosed establishment in Minneapolis.