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WILLMAR — A Pennock, Minn., man has been charged with second-degree assault in Kandiyohi County District Court after an apparent drug deal at Casey's General Store in Willmar went awry as he was given salt instead of drugs and a tussle ensued. Court documents say 41-year-old Emilio Florez told police that he had met two people Feb. 23 at Casey's to buy what he referred to as "candy." After paying $90 for the substance, he left the store, then realized that the bag of "candy" was really just a bag of salt.
ITASCA COUNTY -- An Itasca County teenager has pleaded guilty in the accidental shooting death of his friend in November.
ST. PAUL PARK, Minn. — Police are investigating a report that a man tried to lure a teen girl into his vehicle Monday morning. A 13-year-old girl told police about 10 a.m. that as she walked to school in the 900 block of Third Street in St. Paul Park a man pulled up in a red vehicle and asked if she needed a ride. The man told her to get in his vehicle, but the girl refused and continued to school, according to police.
ST. PAUL -- The first fatal motorcycle crash of 2016 claimed the lives of both the driver and passenger. The crash happened Monday in Fridley, a northern Twin Cities suburb. The motorcycle ran a stoplight and hit a minivan, according to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office. The names of the deceased have yet to be released.
CROOKSTON -- The condition of a woman who was struck by a semi while walking along a highway near Crookston early Sunday morning has improved. Amber Shablow, 25, Lake Bronson, Minn., was listed in satisfactory condition Monday at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, a hospital spokeswoman said. Shablow was walking southbound on U.S. Highway 75 north of Crookston at about 1:25 a.m. Sunday when she tried to flag down a semi, a 2014 Freightliner, which struck her, the Minnesota State Patrol said in a report.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt faced three lawsuits in the past year over credit card charges. Minnesota Public Radio reported on the first day of the 2016 legislative session Tuesday that he also incurred penalties for not paying 2015 property taxes on the Isanti County land where he lives.
A leap day tip lead to the Nisswa Police Department arresting a man on a drug possession charge. On Feb. 29, the Nisswa Police Department received a tip from a Minneapolis-based bounty hunting and fugitive recovery company that Alexander Paul Kempe, 34, was staying at the Magnuson Hotel in Nisswa and had active felony warrants for his arrest. A group of Nisswa police officers and Crow Wing County sheriff's deputies located Kempe at the hotel in unit 115 and took him into custody.
WATSON, Minn. -- A west-central Minnesota man who fired a gun near an area bar and told authorities he was "just protecting his country" and to “get away from the corpses that were after him” made his first appearance Monday in Chippewa County District Court.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags be immediately flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the state in honor and remembrance of former First Lady Nancy Reagan, who died Sunday at the age of 94. Flags should remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of her burial on Friday in California.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- The condition of a woman who was struck by a semi while walking along a highway near Crookston early Sunday morning has improved. Amber Shablow, 25, Lake Bronson, Minn., was listed in satisfactory condition Monday morning in Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D., a hospital spokeswoman said.