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ST. PAUL -- A post-summer survey shows an upward trend of Minnesota’s tourism business, the state’s tourism promotion office said. Summer revenue was up for 42 percent of survey respondents and occupancy was up 35 percent, according to Explore Minnesota on Wednesday, Aug. 30. Meanwhile, 30 percent of respondents experienced a decrease in revenue and 31 percent said occupancy was down. The hotel and motel sector reported decreased occupancy due to significant growth of new hotel rooms in the Twin Cities area, the tourism office said in its news release.
FARGO - Fargo police have received preliminary results of the autopsy on Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind . Police reported on the department’s Facebook page Tuesday morning, Aug. 29, that the preliminary cause of death was “homicidal violence.” The autopsy is being conducted by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner in St. Paul because the body was recovered in Clay County, Minn. Further details about LaFontaine-Greywind’s death, or the manner in which her baby was born, were not released.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Investigators believe the dog found dead Aug. 1 in Point Lake with a rope tethering her to an anchor had been previously euthanized after suffering a serious illness. Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog stated in a news release on Monday, Aug. 28, that the dog's owner "placed the dog in Point Lake as a burial site because that is where the owner had taken the dog many times in the past to swim and fish.''
FARGO — Law enforcement updated the public Monday, Aug. 28 on Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, whose body was found Sunday in rural Clay County. Suspects William Hoehn and Brooke Lynn Crews will appear Monday afternoon to face formal charges, Cass County State's Attorney Birch Burdick said. The couple will appear at 2 p.m. today in Cass County District Court. They will face three charges each: conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and providing false information to law enforcement, Burdick said.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A 29-year-old Bemidji man was killed in a collision between a motorcycle and a pickup Thursday at an intersection in south Grand Forks. According to a Grand Forks police accident report, the crash victim was traveling east on a 2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycle when he struck a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado pickup making a left turn at the intersection of 32nd Avenue South and South 34th Street.
ST. PAUL—The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said on Friday, Aug. 25, the 2017 hunting and trapping regulations handbook and deer season map contain several errors and that hunters should take note of the corrections. In the fold-out map, correct information is as follows: • In central and northwestern Minnesota, deer permit areas (DPA) have 500 permits to harvest antlerless deer for DPA 197; 300 for DPA 262; 150 for DPA 269; 25 for DPA 270; 350 for DPA 271; 200 for DPA 272; and 100 for DPA 297.
Fargo - A potentially unthinkable story began to reveal itself Thursday, Aug. 24, when the investigation into the disappearance of a pregnant 22-year-old woman resulted in police finding a healthy infant at a north Fargo apartment building where the woman was last seen. The discovery of the infant, Fargo police said, was followed by the arrest of Brooke Lynn Crews, 38, and William Henry Hoehn, 32, who both lived in the same apartment building as the missing woman, Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind.
BISMARCK—The NCAA on Thursday approved the University of Mary's Year-Round Campus initiative, allowing Mary student-athletes the option of completing their degrees much faster without jeopardizing their athletic eligibility. The decision is the first of its kind for the NCAA, the University of Mary stated in a news release on Aug. 24. Previously, a full-time summer student would have it count against their 10-semester limit.
DULUTH -- A 54-year-old Duluth man is facing his 11th DWI charge in St. Louis County. Todd Alan Murphy was charged in State District Court on Tuesday with two counts of first-degree driving while impaired and one count each of driving after cancellation, possession of an open container and no proof of insurance. The DWI, a felony, carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison and/or a $14,000 fine.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Supreme Court announced it will offer live streaming video of oral arguments beginning next week, when justices will hear a case the state Legislature filed against Gov. Mark Dayton after a veto of funding. In a press release, the Supreme Court said offering live video of arguments is "an effort to increase public access to the work of the state's highest court." The court will continue to post recorded video of oral arguments. Both live and recorded video can be found online by visiting www.mncourts.gov/SupremeCourt .