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FARGO—The Fargo Toys 'R' Us store is expected to close as part of a nationwide shutdown of the brand. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, March 14, that the company told its employees on Wednesday that the struggling big-box retailer will sell or close all of its U.S. stores. The decision threatens up to 33,000 American jobs, according to the WSJ report.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton delivers his final State of the State address Wednesday, March 14 , to a joint session of the Minnesota Legislature. In the speech, Dayton will outline policy items he wants lawmakers to accomplish before they adjourn on May 21 .
MOTLEY — Minnesota Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reported the Cass County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of a missing teen boy runaway from the rural Motley area. The missing boy was identified as Dylan Joseph Vorbeck, 15, of rural Motley. Vorbeck left his home wearing a two-tone blue jacket and red shoes. Vorbeck is described as 5 feet, 5 inches tall and about 130 lbs with short brown hair and brown/hazel eyes.
MOTLEY—A traffic stop resulted in the seizure of heroin and the arrest of a 34-year-old Red Lake woman Saturday in Morrison County. The Morrison County Sheriff's Office reported at 5:47 p.m. Saturday, a deputy was patrolling the city of Motley and observed a traffic violation. A traffic stop was conducted on a white Chevrolet Impala near the intersection of highways 210 and 64. The deputy observed drug paraphernalia in plain view inside the vehicle, according to the release. During a search of the vehicle, suspected heroin was located.
HOLLOWAY, Minn. – The Swift County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a crash with multiple injuries on Monday, March 12, about 4 p.m. between a Hancock Public School transport van and a semi at a rural intersection north of Holloway in far west-central Minnesota. Swift County Sheriff John Holtz said late Monday night that seven schoolchildren, ages 8 to 16, were injured along with the woman who was driving the van. He said all eight have been taken to hospitals.
DULUTH, Minn.—U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan endorsed fellow Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz for governor of Minnesota on Monday.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- A Vancouver, Wash., man has been accused mailing meth to a northwest Minnesota woman who received the package at her workplace where it was opened.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A Lankin, N.D., man has been found guilty of assaulting and partially paralyzing a 2-year-old child. Jurors delivered the guilty verdict for Austin Lee Thorsteinson, 25, around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Ramsey County District Court in Devils Lake on a Class A felony charge of child neglect. The jury was out for six hours after a nearly three-day trial that began Tuesday.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - An Andover, Minn. woman is dead and 14 others were injured after a van full of Twins fans leaving a spring training game in Fort Myers, Fla., was hit from behind by a man whose blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, the Sun Sentinel of Broward County reported.
BRAINERD, Minn.—A student, who reportedly was making verbal threats to commit a shooting at Brainerd High School, was taken into custody Wednesday night. Brainerd Police Chief Corky McQuiston stated police officers reacted immediately and quickly identified the 16-year-old boy. The student was found about 11 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, and arrested without incident.