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ST. CLOUD — A St. Cloud man is being charged with second-degree murder after punching another man in an early Saturday morning confrontation. Travis Johnson, 21, punched 22-year-old Anthony Shriver of Waconia while walking home with a group of friends at about 2:30 a.m., according to a St. Cloud Police Department report. Police responded to the fight and took Johnson into custody, when he was cited for fifth-degree assault and released.
VIRGINIA, Minn. — Jesse Lee Bonacci-Koski told police that he left his 11-month old nephew Bentley alone for about two hours last Wednesday morning to go buy drugs, according to charges filed Monday. When Bonacci-Koski returned to the house in Tower, the criminal complaint said, he saw firefighters at the scene and ran off — not yet knowing Bentley Joe Lewis Koski had perished in a house fire.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- A man is dead after he was hit by a train near Detroit Lakes, Minn., over the weekend. The Becker County Sheriff's office said it happened Sunday, August 6 around 5 p.m. one mile north of Detroit Lakes The man was reportedly walking south on the tracks when he was hit. He was pronounced dead on the scene. His name isn't being released pending family notification.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen, injured in Thursday night’s victory against Atlanta, underwent successful surgery on her left hand Friday, Aug. 4, and will be sidelined indefinitely, the team said in a news release. Whalen’s surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester was to repair a fracture of her fifth metacarpal in her left hand. The 14-year veteran has started all 22 games for the Lynx this season, averaging 8 points, 2.5 rebounds and a team-high 4.1 assists per game. The Lynx are scheduled to play at Indiana on Sunday.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- A 7-year-old boy died after he was reported missing in the Mississippi River in a St. Cloud park on Friday afternoon. Authorities were dispatched around noon Aug. 4 to Riverside Park, across the river from St. Cloud State University. Crews in a St. Cloud Fire Department boat found the boy near the shoreline and life-saving efforts began, according to the St. Cloud Police Department’s Twitter account. The boy was then transported to a St. Cloud hospital. The boy was pronounced dead at 12:28 p.m. His identity has not yet been released.
CATAWBA, Wis.—There was no distress call and weather does not appear to have been a factor in a plane crash that killed six people in north-central Wisconsin last month, according to preliminary findings from federal investigators.
BISMARCK—The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will visit North Dakota next week, Gov. Doug Burgum's office announced Wednesday, Aug. 2.
BRAINERD, Minn.—A 29-year-old Baxter man was charged on 19 counts of felony possession of pornographic work involving adults engaging in sex acts with children, some of whom authorities believe are as young as 2 years old.
CHISHOLM, Minn. -- A northern Minnesota woman was severely injured when one of her dogs attacked her Saturday night in her home.
FRANKLIN, Minn. – A rural Renville County man was killed over the weekend when he was run over by a vehicle on his farm southeast of Franklin. According to the Renville County Sheriff’s Office, the preliminary investigation indicates Randy Oletzke, 59, died as a result of being run over by a vehicle at the farm residence about four miles southeast of Franklin in south-central Minnesota.