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WILLMAR - An inmate at the Kandiyohi County Jail died after being found unresponsive Sunday afternoon. Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog said correctional officers were conducting checks of the inmates when they discovered the man shortly before 1:30 p.m. He was not breathing so correctional officers immediately began lifesaving measures, Hartog said. The Willmar Ambulance Service also was called but paramedics were unable to revive the inmate. He was pronounced dead at the jail, Hartog said. The man's identity has not been released pending notification of relatives.
WADENA COUNTY, Minn. — A Verndale, Minn., woman was airlifted to an area hospital Thursday, Jan. 4, after crashing into a semi. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that Mary Joy Byman, 34, was southbound on Highway 71 in Wadena County's Blueberry Township when she entered the northbound lanes of traffic. Byman then struck a semi driven by 60-year-old Michael Allan Erickson, of Osakis, Minn. The Patrol stated that Byman's Toyota Camry hit the semi below the driver side door.
TROMMALD—Five people were arrested following a report of a burglary at 2:13 p.m. Friday at a home in Trommald. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office arrested Charles Alvin Weber, 37, for felony second-degree burglary; Nichole Evelyn Petersen, 31, for felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance; and a 32-year-old man, a 36-year-old man and a 35-year-old man were booked in Crow Wing County Jail for violating conditions of their probation.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings have signed coveted Canadian Football League receiver Brandon Zylstra, a former standout at Concordia, to a reserve/future contract. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Zylstra led the CFL with 1,687 receiving yards for the Edmonton Eskimos this past season. One of Zylstra’s many recent NFL workouts included a stop at Winter Park on Dec. 8.
DENVER, Colo. -- A Bemidji State University graduate is one of five law enforcement officers shot near Denver on New Year's Eve. Tom O'Donnell, 41, spent a few hours in the hospital after being wounded while responding to a disturbance at an apartment complex on Sunday, Dec. 31, in a Denver suburb. He grew up in Underwood, Minn., and is a 2000 graduate from Bemidji State University, where he studied criminal justice.
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. — A 27-year-old woman was found unresponsive and efforts to revive her were unsuccessful in a medical incident reported at 3:01 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 26, at Jackpot Junction Casino/Hotel. The Redwood County Sheriff's office identified the deceased as Jeanne Juane Bounchanh of Worthington. Foul play is not suspected, and the incident remains under investigation. The Redwood Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Lower Sioux Police Department, and North Ambulance Service.
PILLAGER, Minn. -- Two stranded Brainerd motorists were found after getting lost in the woods amid temperatures roughly 23 below zero early Sunday morning, Dec. 31. Pillager Fire Chief Randy Lee said his firefighters were dispatched just after 3 a.m. Sunday to aid the Cass County Sheriff's office in locating two stranded motorists who had gotten lost and run out of gas in the Pillsbury State Forest, north of Pillager.
BRAINERD — A string of thefts was foiled as law enforcement investigated a Christmas Eve burglary. Coordination between law enforcement officers with several departments led to the arrest of a 32-year-old Pine River man. Owen Colby Swenson was arrested Dec. 24 and charged with 14 counts of mail theft and probation violation. Swenson's arrest stemmed from an investigation beginning about 4:40 p.m. Christmas Eve when the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office received a notice of a residential alarm at a house on the 8000 block of Big Whitefish Narrows, in Ideal Township.
MINNEAPOLIS — Hours before Sen. Al Franken makes an appearance to publicly thank “supporters and friends,” one new poll states the majority of Minnesota voters don’t think he should resign his seat. The Minnesota Democrat is set to officially resign next Tuesday, Jan. 2, a move that he reluctantly announced after his colleagues -- most notably a wave of Democratic women -- called for when numerous women alleged sexually inappropriate behavior.
COOK, Minn. -- A missing 72-year-old Cook man has been found after spending the night in his vehicle, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported on Tuesday.