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ST. PAUL — Four Greater Minnesota communities have been selected to share in a $2.87 million grant to fund construction of rental workforce housing.
MANKATO, Minn. -- The first breeding bull has arrived at Minneopa State Park near Mankato, bringing to 15 the number of bison at the park, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The yearling bull comes from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota and spent a month quarantined at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley.
ST. PAUL — Former state Senate leader Roger Moe will join the Minnesota State Board of Trustees. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton announced his appointment of long-time Sen. Roger Moe, D-Erskine, Thursday, Dec. 15. Moe, 72, was senator 1971 to 2002, and was the longest-serving Senate majority leader in state history. He unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2002, and has been lobbyist and consultant since.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A water pipe that froze and burst causing an estimated $20,000 in damage will close an Italian restaurant in Alexandria for a couple weeks. Jason Mueller, owner of Bello Cucina, said water from sprinkler pipe damaged a significant amount of the lounge area. Mueller opened the Alexandria Bello Cucina earlier this year. Other locations include Morris, Fergus Falls, St. Joseph, Spicer and Marshall.
MOORHEAD—A 27-year-old Moorhead man who was accused in Clay County District Court of scamming an 88-year-old woman with dementia out of thousands of dollars was sentenced Thursday, Dec. 15, to 60 days in jail.
AITKIN, Minn. -- A 33-year-old Aitkin County man has been charged with allegedly throwing his 5-week-old daughter 12 feet in the air across the kitchen floor, killing her in November. John Douglas Peterson of Palisade, Minn., was charged on Wednesday with one count of second-degree felony murder in State District Court in Aitkin. If convicted, Peterson faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. He remained in the Aitkin County Jail Wednesday night and is expected to make his first court appearance Thursday.
Aaron Thomas Keezer, 38, of Box 114, Ogema, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and gross misdemeanor driving after his license was canceled as inimical to public safety. According to court records: On Dec. 7, a Callaway police officer attempted to pull his car over for having expired license plate tabs. Instead of stopping, Keezer allegedly sped away, taking a field approach and driving at speeds up to 44 mph on a bumpy plowed field.
FARGO - The Sports Bubble, an indoor driving range that’s a favorite among area golfers in the winter, apparently deflated in the winter winds sometime Wednesday morning, Dec. 14. The inflatable dome at 2671 12th Ave. S., shares a building with the Tot Spot Big Tots Childcare and Learning Center. A timelapse video, shared by Monty Gerdon with The Forum and posted to Facebook Wednesday, Dec. 14, shows the Sports Bubble’s roof deflating.
MANDAN, N.D. -- Two people are dead following a report of a house explosion early Wednesday morning, Dec. 14, north of Mandan. When authorities arrived shortly after midnight, the house was destroyed but there was no fire. One female was pronounced dead at the scene, the Morton County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. A male and another female were transported to a Bismarck hospital where the male was pronounced dead. Mandan Rural Fire Chief Lynn Gustin responded to the blast overnight.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- The holidays are almost upon us – which means it must be time for the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. This year, the Audubon...