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Five Duluth men sacrificed their mighty beards for charity Thursday night as Duluth Firefighters Local 101 held its annual Warm Duluth event. Bryon Tonnis, Ezra Bennett, Blake Thomas, Jim Gaylord and Nicholas Pascuzzi pledged their beards to raise over $11,000 to help buy winter jackets for local children in need.
ST. PAUL -- A survey by the Minnesota State Patrol has found children are increasingly being put at risk as they enter and exit school buses by motorists who fail to yield to stop arms. The one-day study conducted in April showed a 65 percent increase in stop arm violations compared with 2014. Eighty-eight percent of the stop arm violations were drivers approaching the front of the bus. There were 3,570 bus drivers from 110 companies who participated in the study from throughout the state.
WILLMAR, Minn. -- A former Willmar Senior High School teacher pleaded guilty Thursday to having a sexual relationship with a female student from 2010 to 2012. Chad Jeffrey Akerson, 35, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Kandiyohi County District Court. In a plea agreement, charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and second-degree criminal sexual conduct will be dismissed.
BAXTER, Minn. -- An infant girl, found unresponsive at a home day care in Baxter Thursday morning, has died. The Baxter Police Department reports police officers responded to the report at 10:50 a.m. at the home of Kimberly J. Opay and Jerry A. Opay III. Baxter police reported the day care providers noticed the infant was unresponsive, immediately started lifesaving efforts and called 911.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Investigators in the case of a missing woman say they do not believe she left the west-central Minnesota area voluntarily and are seeking information about a car that may be involved. Laura Schwendemann, 19, was last seen about 9:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Holiday gas station on 50th Avenue in Alexandria. Investigators are asking the public to report sightings of a 1997 black Geo Prism with a loud exhaust from 9:30 p.m. Oct. 14 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 15.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Authorities are seeking help in finding a University of Minnesota Morris freshman student. Laura Ann Schwendemann, 18, has been missing since Wednesday evening, Oct. 14. According to authorities, she was last seen at the Holiday Gas Station on 50th Avenue in Alexandria at approximately 9:29 p.m.
AITKIN, Minn. -- A man who shot and killed an Aitkin County sheriff's investigator Sunday at St. Cloud Hospital faced multiple felony charges for allegedly terrorizing his wife -- including holding a gun to her head and threatening to feed her rat poison -- before attempting suicide, the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office reported Monday.
WASHINGTON -- Former Vice President Walter Mondale will be focus of attention during a Tuesday ceremony at George Washington University. Guests at the nearly day-long event and an evening dinner will include Vice President Joe Biden, former President Jimmy Carter and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton.
STARBUCK, Minn. – Authorities have arrested a juvenile male who rammed a patrol car after leading officers on a high-speed chase through Pope and Stevens counties in west-central Minnesota on Saturday. About 3:30 a.m. Saturday, the Starbuck Police Department responded to a report of a stolen vehicle, last seen headed south on Minnesota Highway 29, then west on County Road 18 in Pope County.
ST. PAUL -- Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman has throat cancer. Coleman posted on his Facebook page Monday morning that he is being treated by doctors at Mayo Clinic and in the Twin Cities. "It is clear that my cancer, while serious, is very treatable and the prognosis is extremely positive," he said. Within minutes of the posting, friends began reacting, wishing him good luck.