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IRON, Minn. — An Iron Range man was sentenced Thursday to more than 33 years in prison for possessing and producing child pornography. The U.S. Attorney's Office for Minnesota announced that Sean Penoncello, 42, of Iron received a sentence of 33⅓ years in prison and 10 years of supervised release after being found guilty in federal court last fall on two counts of producing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography.
ST. PAUL -- Single cases of salmonella associated with Wonderful Pistachios have been reported in Minnesota and North Dakota. The Minnesota case was a man who was not hospitalized and has recovered. The North Dakota case was in Morton County but not other information about the victim was released. Wonderful Pistachios of Lost Hills, Calif., voluntarily recalled selected in-shell and shelled pistachios due to possible Salmonella contamination in an announcement Wednesday.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota’s jobless rate held steady at 3.7 percent in January, according to figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in January. State employers eliminated 5,000 jobs during the month, including 3,800 jobs in the government sector. However, during the past year Minnesota has gained 39,916 jobs, a growth rate of 1.4 percent. The U.S. growth rate during that period was 1.9 percent.
BLAINE, Minn. -- A fourth-grade teacher at a Blaine elementary school is accused of molesting a student multiple times over the course of several months. Kenneth Lee Sonnenfeld Jr., 52, of Oak Grove, was charged Wednesday in Anoka County District Court with second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Sonnenfeld teaches math and science at Johnsville Elementary School in Blaine.
COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A Coon Rapids woman died in an overnight Anoka County crash in which the car she was riding in hit a stalled vehicle on U.S. 10. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Ashley A. Novak, 30, was the passenger in a Ford Crown Victoria that was eastbound on U.S. 10 near University Avenue in Coon Rapids.
BLOMKEST, Minn. --A Blomkest woman who allegedly rammed her vehicle into her ex-boyfriend's vehicle has been charged with second-degree assault, first-degree damage to property, child endangerment and domestic assault. A criminal complaint in Kandiyohi County District Court says Amanda Mae Erickson, 33, got into a verbal argument Tuesday morning with her ex-boyfriend at a Blomkest home.
LITCHFIELD--An inmate at the Moose Lake Correctional Facility allegedly swallowed balloons filled with the controlled substance clonazepam and chewing tobacco to smuggle them into the prison. His wife, Valys Marie Provost, 36, of Cosmos, has now been charged in Meeker County District Court with three felony counts and two gross misdemeanor counts for conspiring with her husband, Shawn Provost, 37, to sneak in the substances.
FARGO--A veteran Fargo prosecutor is calling it one of the worst cases of sexual assault he's ever encountered. Speaking at a hearing in Cass County District Court on Wednesday, Assistant State's Attorney Mark Boening told Judge John Irby that bail should remain at $100,000--cash, or bond--for Timothy L. Sola, 23, of Mapleton, who faces charges of gross sexual imposition, aggravated assault and terrorizing, all felonies.
ONAMIA, Minn. -- The Mille Lacs Band Tribal Police Department is actively investigating a suspicious death discovered Monday on Ataage Drive in Onamia. The department is partnering with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office on a continuing investigation into the death, Mille Lacs Band Tribal Police Chief Jared Rosati said in a statement Monday. The department believes there is no threat to the public in connection with the incident.
DULUTH, Minn. -- One day after Gov. Mark Dayton came out strongly against the proposed Twin Metals copper mine near Ely, opponents of the project piled on, releasing results of a statewide poll showing two-thirds of Minnesotans do not want a mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The poll found that 67 percent of Minnesotans questioned oppose "sulfide mines on the edge of the Boundary Waters Wilderness" while only 16 percent support it.