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AITKIN, Minn.—A rare art window depicting the resurrection of Christ graces the east wall of the United Methodist Church in Aitkin in north-central Minnesota. The craft of painted glass windows flourished in the 19th century. The German-made window, purchased in Chicago by Horace Osterhout, traveled to Aitkin by train, according to information provided by the Aitkin church. At that time, the congregation drew up plans and expected to break ground on a church in 1915.
CLOQUET, Minn.—A Twin Cities humane society has removed 41 Chihuahuas from a Carlton County property in far northeast Minnesota. The Carlton County Sheriff's Office reported Friday, March 30, that it was contacted last week by officials from Animal Humane Society of Golden Valley, Minn., "regarding a complaint they received of 20-30 dogs living in filthy conditions."
NAYTAHWAUSH, Minn. -- The body of a man found in a residential yard in Naytahwaush on March 22 has been identified as Phillip Wade Jr., 22, of Naytahwaush, according to Mahnomen County Sheriff Doug Krier. Wade was well-known in Naytahwaush, a village of about 600 people on the White Earth Reservation in Mahnomen County, but was not known to the woman who found him in her yard.
LAKOTA, N.D.—A Grand Forks man has been ordered to spend more than four years behind bars for trying to sexually assault a juvenile boy in northeast North Dakota. Leo Lars Borgen, 52, was sentenced Thursday in Nelson County District Court to 10 years in prison for a Class B felony count of attempted gross sexual imposition. Five years of that sentence will be suspended, and he was credited 281 days for time served.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill giving more than 30,000 state workers raises. The Democratic governor signed the bill Tuesday, March 27, a day after the Senate and House passed it. Most state workers will receive a 2 percent raise this year, and 2.25 percent increase in the next fiscal year (some earlier reports indicated it would be 2.5 percent).
LAKE PARK, Minn. — Three juveniles have been identified as suspects in fires set Saturday at the former Lake Park-Audubon High School here, the Lake Park Police Department announced Monday, March 26. A citizen tip led police to a 13-year-old boy from Audubon and two 14-year-old boys from Lake Park, who admitted to lighting fires in the gymnasium and to prior break-ins and vandalism at the building, police reported. Reports in the case have been forwarded to the Becker County Attorney's Office for consideration of charges.
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn.—No one will be walking on the Indian at Park High School in the Twin Cities suburb of Cottage Grove again. The high school is removing a controversial Indian head mosaic from a hallway floor. Installed in 1965 to depict the mascot for the Park High School Indians, the mosaic had recently been criticized by students and community members.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Authorities are looking for a driver who took off after killing a 26-year-old Alexandria man with a vehicle while the man was walking in Alexandria Monday night, March 19. Travis Pennig was found by the side of the road and had suffered significant injuries consistent with being struck by a vehicle, according to the Alexandria Police Department release on Tuesday. He was taken to the hospital but didn’t survive his injuries, police said.
ST. PAUL — Anglers catching walleyes on Mille Lacs Lake will have to throw them all back again this summer. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Monday announced its summer 2018 regulations for the big central Minnesota lake that includes catch-and-release fishing all season, and no night fishing from May 14 through the rest of the year.
MENAHGA, Minn. – A Nevis man was injured when a turkey flew out of a ditch and smashed through the windshield of a pickup in Wadena County in northwest Minnesota on Sunday afternoon, March 18, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. Thomas Walls, 38, who was a passenger in the vehicle was treated for injuries that weren't life-threatening at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena, the Patrol reported. Scott Taylor, 51, of Menahga, was driving a 1988 Ford pickup southbound on U.S.