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FOREST LAKE, Minn. -- A Forest Lake man who choked and stabbed his girlfriend to death and then stayed with her body until a neighbor noticed the smell has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Lauren Mason Grove Lynch, 27, is expected to receive a 30-year prison sentence, according to Washington County Attorney Pete Orput.
ESKO, Minn. -- A 19-year-old Esko, Minn., native was fatally shot over the weekend in Florida, where he was attending college, according to police and family members. Ethan Jared Halverson, who was living in Port Orange, Fla., was shot once outside a Daytona Beach apartment building Saturday, according to a police report.
ST. PAUL -- The younger the minor, the tougher the potential prostitution sentence. That summarizes a bill approved Tuesday by the House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee and sent to the House Floor. Rep. Dave Pinto, D-St. Paul, sponsor a bill that would toughen penalties in a 2015 law that addressed the crime of hiring or offering to hire an individual to engage in prostitution when the individual is a minor.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Duluth greeted its first oceangoing vessel of the season over the weekend, as the Dutch-flagged Albanyborg passed beneath the Aerial Lift Bridge at 7:41 p.m Sunday, April 3. In a ceremony Monday afternoon to mark the event, local dignitaries gathered on the ship's bridge, where they presented its captain, Igor Bunenkov of Ukraine, with gifts. The 472-foot-long Albanyborg began its journey by being the first to also enter the St. Lawrence Seaway on March 23.
ST. PAUL -- Commercial fishing license applications are being accepted in several areas of Minnesota to remove and sell rough fish species, mainly carp and buffalo fish from lakes and streams. Licenses from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are available for portions of Chippewa, Yellow Medicine and Renville counties, and for all of Aitkin and Mille Lacs counties.
ST. PAUL -- Officials of Minnesota's newest city say they are missing out on Local Government Aid others cities get. Rice Lake, north of the Duluth Airport, changed from being a township to a city in October. The problem is that LGA partially is based on what a city received in the previous year, but Rice Lake has received none of the state aid and would need years to catch up to other communities.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota cities need state funds to help prepare for the loss of ash trees, nursery and tree organizations say. Legislation by Rep. Rick Hansen, D-South St. Paul, would provide $13 million to fight the emerald ash borer's advance into a dozen Minnesota counties. Tim Power, representing the nursery and tree industries, told a state House committee Tuesday that the money is needed to keep ash trees in place, at least until they are replaced by other trees.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota education officials would compile reports about student violence against teachers and teachers would have the authority to remove any student from a classroom if deemed to be a safety threat under a proposed House bill. A state House education committee Tuesday considered legislation written after a series of student attacks on teachers. The bill will be discussed again later this spring.
BISMARCK -- Bismarck police arrested a man who allegedly tried to rob a gas station convenience store on 3921 Trenton Ave. on Sunday night.
SPICER, Minn. -- A 5-year-old boy involved in an all-terrain vehicle crash Saturday night in Spicer has died. The Hennepin County Medical Center said Wesley Needham died Monday. Needham had previously been listed in critical condition by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, who responded to the crash about 5 p.m. Saturday.