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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.
ST. PAUL -- More than 300 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will be working overtime this holiday season to try to prevent drunken driving. The percentage of drunk-driving related deaths compared with total traffic fatalities is significantly higher for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods than other major holidays during at least the past four years, said the Minnesota Department of Public Safety which is coordinating the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” effort.
A Bemidji woman was injured in a two-vehicle collision Sunday morning in Beltrami County. Emily Helgeson, 37, was southbound on U.S. Highway 71 at the intersection of Town Hall Road at about 10:50 a.m. when her 2000 Dodge Caravan was struck by a 2003 GMC Sierra operated by Dennis Hanks, 38, Bemidji. The State Patrol said Hanks, who was westbound on Town Hall Road, failed to yield to oncoming traffic. The crash occurred northeast of Bemidji.
A Grand Forks was injured in a one-vehicle rollover on an icy U.S. Highway 2 near Bemidji. Minnesota State Patrol reported that Steven Sly, 63, was driving a 2003 Ford F150 eastbound on Highway 2 shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday, when he lost control of the pickup, which then entered the median and rolled. The rollover occurred just west of Bemidji.
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A Spirit Airlines flight bound for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was diverted when a phone conversation by a passenger was mistaken for a bomb threat. Flight 596 took off at 9:06 p.m. Thursday night from Ft. Lauderdale but returned about 15 minutes later, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.