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FERGUS FALLS, Minn.--Negotiation teams from the Fergus Falls teacher's union and the School Board have reached a tentative agreement on a two-year contract after months of high-profile, divisive bargaining, a School Board official said. The tentative deal calls for a 6.51 percent increase in salary and benefits for teachers, School Board Chairman Matt Lemke said, a figure slightly higher than what the School Board previously offered.
ST. PAUL -- Tears flowed as Elle Williams recounted her experience with "revenge porn." "My testimony will never fully allow you to feel the fear I am feeling," the 21-year-old Prior Lake woman Tuesday told the Minnesota House public safety committee while urging lawmakers to outlaw the practice.
ST. PAUL -- The names of 16 priests accused of sexual abuse while working at the Diocese of New Ulm were released Tuesday morning. The law firm of Jeff Anderson & Associates and the Diocese of New Ulm jointly disclosed the names of 16 men during a news conference Tuesday morning in St. Paul. The men were mutually identified as being credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor while they were assigned as priest.
WATSON, Minn. --The former mayor of Watson will undergo a mental evaluation to determine his competency to proceed in four pending criminal cases against him. District Court Judge Dwyane Knutsen ruled last week that Joseph Mark Rongstad, 34, will be examined on an outpatient basis by the Minnesota Department of Forensic Services. Further court dates have been cancelled pending a report to the court If Rongstad is found mentally incompetent, criminal court proceedings could be suspended.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — Five children were placed in protective custody after authorities arrested two women and confiscated 14 grams of methamphetamine in Little Falls last week.
PIERRE, S.D.—Black Hills State University wants to offer South Dakota's first master degree in American Indian studies. The state Board of Regents will decide in the coming days whether Black...
Authorities have released the name of the truck driver who pulled his propane tanker in front of a train in Callaway last week, causing a train derailment, fire and explosion in the city. Biya Abdella Buta, 31, is from Mandan; he was not injured in the crash.
MINOT, N.D. -- A registered sex offender who was playing an Easter Bunny at a Minot mall has been arrested. Daniel Sanderson, 24, of Minot was nabbed by police after a tip came in that he was being employed by a temporary employment service to serve as the bunny at Dakota Square Mall. Police said neither the employment agency nor the mall knew he was a sex offender.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A Grand Forks jail inmate has been charged after video captured him bending parts of two cell doors so they wouldn't lock, according to court documents. Billy Ray Hackler, 58, was charged Thursday in Grand Forks District Court with criminal mischief, a Class A misdemeanor. He's been in court on other charges recently, including for leading police on a chase and for abandoning more than two dozen cats in his Grand Forks apartment.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton announced Friday the appointment of Amy Doll of Morris as district court judge in Minnesota’s Eighth Judicial District. The counties in the judicial district are Big Stone, Chippewa, Grant, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Meeker, Pope, Renville, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wilkin, and Yellow Medicine Counties. Doll is replacing the Judge Gerald Siebel and will be chambered at Elbow Lake in Grant County.