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MERRIFIELD, Minn. -- A 49-year-old Minnesota man has died after a snowmobile crash Friday in Merrifield, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office reported. The sheriff's office reported Richard Rathman of Merrifield was riding a snowmobile on his property on Half Moon Drive about 1:30 p.m. Friday when he lost control and hit a tree. Rathman was not wearing a helmet. He was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale where he later died, the sheriff's office said.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A 40-year-old Zimmerman man who was using so much computer power that he and his parents were using the heat from the computers to warm their home in one of the coldest winters in recent Minnesota history has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for distribution and possession of child pornography.
ST. PAUL – Minnesota has surpassed last year’s traffic fatality count. Wiith a month to go in the year, preliminary numbers from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety show 365 people have died so far on Minnesota roads compared with 361 for all of last year.
SQUAW LAKE, Minn. -- Authorities in Itasca County on Tuesday identified a teenager who died after what was reported as an accidental shooting on Sunday morning.
STARBUCK, Minn. -- The man who was last seen with University of Minnesota-Morris student Laura Schwendemann of Starbuck will be charged with gross misdemeanor charges for concealing the location of her body, which was found in a Douglas County cornfield near Alexandria on Oct. 26, 12 days after she was reported missing. Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson said the man, identified as 21-year-old Nickolas McArdell of Starbuck, will not be prosecuted for causing Schwendemann's death because the evidence doesn’t support it.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota poultry farmers may again show their birds.
WOODBURY, Minn. -- Thieves used tear gas to escape a Victoria's Secret store Thanksgiving Day, forcing an evacuation of the store.
WILLMAR, Minn. — A former Willmar Senior High School teacher will serve three years in prison for his criminal conviction stemming from a sexual relationship with a female student from 2010 to 2012. Chad Jeffrey Akerson, 35, of Willmar, also must register as a sex offender and will serve 10 years of conditional release after his prison term.
BRAINERD -- Authorities seized 37 pounds of marijuana, more than $25,000 in cash, 12 guns and a Lexus vehicle in connection with north Brainerd and Baxter drug busts on Wednesday. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office identified the three people arrested in bust that began in north Brainerd and led to a residence in Baxter Wednesday afternoon. Currently housed in the Crow Wing County Jail on felony drug charges are 29-year-old Matthew Steven Olson, 25-year-old Blair Connor Bottenfield and 25-year-old Bailey Curtis Bottenfield, all of Brainerd.
Jeremy Tieken has always wanted to go muskie fishing because he hadn’t caught one yet. That all changed Nov. 1. He and his father, Daniel, went out on an area lake with Kevin Cochran’s Musky Guide Service out of Bemidji for Jeremy’s eighth birthday. “He is very passionate and has a skill level above average for an 8-year-old fisherman,” his dad said. So he Googled a fishing service and landed Cochran. They had planned to hit the lakes on Oct. 30, but due to conflicting schedules, they changed it to Nov. 1.