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MILACA, Minn. -- Criminal charges have been filed against an Isle man in connection with the death of a 23-year-old woman whose body was found last week in Mille Lacs County. William Phillip Sayers Jr., 33, made his first appearance Tuesday in Mille Lacs County District Court. He was charged with four counts of criminal vehicular homicide and two gross misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated in connection with the death of Tanya Jean Skinaway.
CROSBY, Minn. – Four people were arrested, 3 ounces of methamphetamines with a street value of $9,000 was confiscated and four children were placed in emergency foster care following the execution of a search warrant Tuesday in Crosby. Agents with the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division executed the search warrant at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at a residence on the 800 block of Pine Street in Crosby, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office reported. The search warrant was in connection to an ongoing investigation involving the sale and distribution of methamphetamine.
FARGO—Different lawyers may represent a man who is on death row for the murder of a UND student. Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. was sentenced to death for kidnapping, raping and murdering 22-year-old Dru Sjodin more than 12 years ago. In his lengthy appeal, Rodriguez has been represented by court-appointed attorneys Michael Wiseman and Joseph Margulies. But Wiseman and Margulies asked Monday to be replaced by the Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A Crookston man pleaded not guilty Thursday to threatening and committing obscene acts in front of children at a Crookston bus stop, according to court documents. Erick Wesley Olson, 33, was arrested Monday and appeared Thursday in Polk County District Court on eight charges: four felony counts of threats of violence and four misdemeanor counts of fifth-degree criminal sex conduct or lewd exhibition with people under the age of 16 present.
MARSHALL, Minn. -- A 21-year-old Balaton man pleaded guilty Thursday to killing a couple last year at their Lyon County farm home. The Marshall Independent reported Thursday that Derek Michael Hexum pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder while committing burglary, first-degree burglary, first-degree arson and second-degree arson. Hexum was first charged in May with killing James Donald Hively, 75, and Catherine Agnes Hively, 71, after breaking into their rural Balaton home.
ST. PAUL -- Legislative Democrats want federal permission expand a state-subsidized health insurance program. Minnesotans who make too much money to qualify for MinnesotaCare could go to the state program for insurance under a bill that would seek federal approval. Farmers Union is among supporters of the bill since many farmers have difficulty obtaining insurance.
ST. PAUL -- The penalty for stealing copper from an electric substation or similar facility would be five years in prison under a bill that stalled in a Senate committee Thursday. While most Judiciary Committee members indicated general support, many said the legislation's language was too vague. The bill is expected to be rewritten and reconsidered. The violation would be a felony, an increase from current law.
ST. PAUL -- Rep. Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, has launched a statewide campaign to convince Gov. Mark Dayton and other Democrats to scrap the MNsure online health insurance sales site.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lawmakers are looking into legislation that would allow people to drive three-wheel vehicles without a motorcycle license. Minnesota's Polaris Industries is asking to allow drivers of three-wheel vehicles that are hybrids of motorcycles and cars to be able to use regular licenses, but a House committee modified that idea.
ST. PAUL -- A $500 million program to improve Minnesota's science, technology and cutting-edge manufacturing is being proposed by state Rep. Paul Thissen, D-Minneapolis. The Innovation, Research and Development Fund would focus on significantly expanding Minnesota’s research and development capacity, Thissen said, by training the next generation of Minnesota innovators.