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WORTHINGTON, Minn. — A Worthington Police Department sergeant is facing a gross misdemeanor charge of unauthorized use of a stun gun and is now on administrative leave. A complaint filed on April 13 states that Josh McCuen invited members of his extended family to his home on Dec. 25, 2016. Some of the family members allegedly said they'd like to know what it felt like to be shocked.
HIBBING, Minn. -- A northern Minnesota man with a history of illicitly recording naked and partially unclothed women has admitted that he spied on a Hibbing woman while on probation for his earlier offenses. Kevin James Petroske, 36, pleaded guilty Thursday in State District Court in Hibbing to a felony charge of interference with privacy.
AURORA, Minn. -- A 66-year-old Aurora woman and 26-year-old Eveleth man were killed in separate crashes on Wednesday on the same northern Minnesota highway. Marilyn Louise Kriner died after the car she was driving sideswiped a semi-truck and then was struck broadside on the passenger side by an oncoming SUV on State Highway 135 in Biwabik Township just before 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.
FARGO—Elaine Chao, the U.S. secretary of transportation, will address a conference here on the unmanned aerial systems industry, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced Wednesday, May 10. The 2017 Drone Focus Conference, a gathering of local, national and global leaders in unmanned aerial systems, will be May 31 in Fargo.
Within a matter of weeks, fidget spinners became one of the most in-demand items among school-aged kids. And almost just as quickly, the spinner fad spun out of control .
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Any local business owner will tell you good customer service is the key to getting customers back in the door. But even though the service is good, that doesn't always mean the customers are. After being accused of killing his girlfriend in a Crookston, Minn., apartment, a man skipped town, making a pitstop at Central Minnesota Motors in Detroit Lakes around 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 3.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A 48-year-old Crookston woman died of asphyxia by strangulation in a homicide, according to preliminary results of an autopsy released by the Crookston Police Department Friday. Tawnja Rene Wallace was found dead in her apartment at 104 S. Broadway Wednesday morning.
FARGO—The Gander Mountain store in Fargo appears to be closing, but Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis says that the store "will stay open." Several new signs were up on the sporting goods store on Thursday, May 4. Signs in the front windows said "everything must go," while a large banner on the north side of the building that opened in 2004 said "going out of business." Lemonis, who has been actively responding to worried customers about store closings via Twitter, responded to a reporter's tweet reiterating that the store will stay open.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- A child from Crow Wing County in north-central Minnesota has become part of a measles outbreak, the Minnesota Department of Health confirmed Wednesday. An agency spokesperson said one unvaccinated child from Crow Wing County contracted the disease after being exposed to it in a Hennepin County health care facility.
WILLMAR — As a measles outbreak in Minnesota widens, Kandiyohi County health and emergency preparedness officials are urging parents to make sure their children are vaccinated. As of Thursday afternoon, April 27, the Minnesota Department of Health had confirmed 28 cases in Hennepin County and one in Stearns County. All were among children under age 5, most of them unvaccinated.