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ST. PAUL -- A school bus carrying 18 St. Paul Summit Charter School students veered into parked cars on Monday morning and nearly hit a U.S. Postal Service building. Medics were called to the scene and two people — a student and an adult aide— were taken to the hospital for minor injuries, the school said.
A Lengby, Minn., woman was injured Sunday afternoon when her vehicle slid off of an icy U.S. Highway 2 and rolled near Bagley, Minn. Anita Ingalls, 52, was driving a 2004 Chevy Silverado eastbound on Highway 2, near milepost 93, when she lost control of the vehicle on an icy stretch of the road at about 5:35 p.m. The vehicle slid off the south side of the road and rolled, according to a report from Minnesota State Patrol.
MADELIA, Minn. -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton promises his administration will help Madelia's 2,300 residents recover from Wednesday's blizzard-whipped fire that destroyed much of the community's downtown. Dayton visited Madelia on Friday, meeting with about 150 people near where eight buildings burned.
By Anna Haecherl Marshall Independent MARSHALL, Minn. — A jury of six women and six men found Josue Robles Fraga guilty on all five counts of murder in the death of his 2-year-old niece, Samantha, in Lyon County District court Thursday night. Fraga was convicted by the jury after just under five hours of deliberation. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A Crookston man has been charged in connection with a fatal motorcycle crash that claimed the life of his wife in September. Corey Reitmeier, 44, will make his first court appearance Feb. 11 in Polk County District Court on a felony charge of criminal vehicular homicide, according to court records. His spouse, Wendy Reitmeier, 43, died in the crash.
WASHINGTON -- Minnesota U.S. Rep. John Kline on Thursday endorsed Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio’s bid for president. “Marco Rubio’s bold, conservative ideas are what America needs and I am pleased to endorse his candidacy for president,” said a tweet from Kline’s twitter account. Kline’s name gives Rubio, a U.S. senator from Florida, his 35th congressional endorsement and a potential boost for Minnesota’s March 1 caucus.
MADELIA, Minn. -- Local officials will have state help in investigating the early Wednesday morning fire that destroyed much of downtown Madelia. The Department of Public Safety said Thursday in a press release investigators from its Fire Marshal Division would be helping Madelia fire officials search for the cause and origin of the fire that destroyed at least seven buildings and damaged several others.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- A murder trial will be rescheduled after a judge granted a mistrial for a rural Deer River man charged with causing his infant child's death. Emery James Jenkins pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder in the 2014 death of his 2½-month-old son, Joseph.
WILLMAR, Minn. — A Spicer, Minn., man has been convicted of bypassing his electricity meter to steal more than $10,000 worth of electricity during the course of four years. Terry Dean Johnson, 67, pleaded guilty last month to a felony for the theft of services and was sentenced Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court to five years of supervised probation. As part of his sentencing, he will have to pay restitution, plus a $1,000 fine, and write a letter of apology to the Kandiyohi Power Cooperative.
MADELIA, Minn. -- A major fire destroyed six to eight businesses Wednesday morning in downtown Madelia in southern Minnesota The city is about 2,300 is about 25 miles southwest of Mankato. Madelia Mayor Mike Grote told radio station KTOE of Mankato that the fire started about 3 a.m. on the north side of the downtown business district and spread quickly along main street.