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BLOMKEST, Minn. --A Blomkest woman who allegedly rammed her vehicle into her ex-boyfriend's vehicle has been charged with second-degree assault, first-degree damage to property, child endangerment and domestic assault. A criminal complaint in Kandiyohi County District Court says Amanda Mae Erickson, 33, got into a verbal argument Tuesday morning with her ex-boyfriend at a Blomkest home.
LITCHFIELD--An inmate at the Moose Lake Correctional Facility allegedly swallowed balloons filled with the controlled substance clonazepam and chewing tobacco to smuggle them into the prison. His wife, Valys Marie Provost, 36, of Cosmos, has now been charged in Meeker County District Court with three felony counts and two gross misdemeanor counts for conspiring with her husband, Shawn Provost, 37, to sneak in the substances.
FARGO--A veteran Fargo prosecutor is calling it one of the worst cases of sexual assault he's ever encountered. Speaking at a hearing in Cass County District Court on Wednesday, Assistant State's Attorney Mark Boening told Judge John Irby that bail should remain at $100,000--cash, or bond--for Timothy L. Sola, 23, of Mapleton, who faces charges of gross sexual imposition, aggravated assault and terrorizing, all felonies.
ONAMIA, Minn. -- The Mille Lacs Band Tribal Police Department is actively investigating a suspicious death discovered Monday on Ataage Drive in Onamia. The department is partnering with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office on a continuing investigation into the death, Mille Lacs Band Tribal Police Chief Jared Rosati said in a statement Monday. The department believes there is no threat to the public in connection with the incident.
DULUTH, Minn. -- One day after Gov. Mark Dayton came out strongly against the proposed Twin Metals copper mine near Ely, opponents of the project piled on, releasing results of a statewide poll showing two-thirds of Minnesotans do not want a mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The poll found that 67 percent of Minnesotans questioned oppose "sulfide mines on the edge of the Boundary Waters Wilderness" while only 16 percent support it.
LUTSEN, Minn. -- Three people were injured Tuesday afternoon when a logging truck rolled onto its side and spilled logs across Minnesota Highway 61 in Cook County just north of Lutsen. Brandon Smith, 32, of International Falls, and Constance and Russell Almquist, both 80, of Bloomington, Minn., were taken from the scene by ambulance, the Minnesota State Patrol said in a news release.
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.