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WILLMAR, Minn. - A 48-year-old woman will serve about six years in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee for an assault that left a woman at an addiction recovery center in Willmar with permanent brain damage. Stacie Lee Johnson, of Hibbing, Minn., was sentenced in district court in Kandiyohi County on Monday to prison for a first degree assault conviction.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- An Alexandria woman who died Saturday after falling from the back of a slow-moving pickup near Lake Andrew has been identified as 61-year-old Marilyn Weedman, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s office. Her husband, Kevin Weedman, was driving the pickup, Sheriff Troy Wolberson said. Alcohol was not a factor and no charges are expected. The sheriff's office received a call at 3:36 p.m. Saturday, July 15, reporting a woman had fallen from a pickup truck south of Alexandria. The woman had a head injury and the caller stated that CPR was in progress.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—A 27-year-old man is in custody following a 2½-hour standoff with police during which he barricaded himself in his home and threatened another resident with a gun. Police were called to the home, on the 700 block of North Vine Street, about 3:45 p.m. Saturday, July 15. Officers tried to persuade Theodore Tiede to surrender. During negotiations, Tiede fired several gunshots from the home.
WILLMAR, Minn. – A Cosmos man charged with hitting his estranged wife with a car and kidnapping her has pleaded guilty in Kandiyohi County District Court in central Minnesota. Cesar Octavia Garcia-Gonzalez, 38, is to be sentenced Sept. 25 on a felony charge of kidnapping to commit great bodily harm or terrorize. In a plea agreement, seven other charges against him will be dismissed.
Becker County residents woke up to a lot of work Wednesday morning following an intensely strong thunderstorm that rolled through Tuesday evening, starting around 9:30 p.m. and continuing for a couple of hours. "That was one of the most powerful storms I've ever been in," said Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander, who along with several of his deputies and reserve deputies, worked throughout the night and early morning hours taking calls and doing traffic control around roads that had downed trees and powerlines over them.
WILLMAR, Minn. — A fiber-optic line to bring high-speed internet service to northwestern Kandiyohi County is in jeopardy, and another Minnesota community could benefit. About 100 more people are needed to sign up and pay a $25 commitment fee by the July 21 deadline. If enough people don't sign up, the project won't happen.
WILLISTON, N.D. — The founder and CEO of Facebook spent Tuesday, July 11, in North Dakota, visiting Williston to learn more about the oil industry and taking a trip to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Mark Zuckerberg wrote a lengthy message on his Facebook page about the visit, encouraging followers to “get out and learn about all perspectives on issues” even while noting that “stopping climate change is one of the most important challenges of our generation.”
DULUTH, Minn. — The University of Minnesota Duluth broke ground Tuesday, July 11, for its long-awaited, $42 million Chemistry and Advanced Material Science building. University, local and state officials gathered to throw the ceremonial first shovelfuls of dirt on the site where the CAMS building will be constructed — Lot B, across University Drive from the Darland Administration Building.
Canadian convenience store giant Alimentation Couche-Tard has agreed to purchase Minnesota-based Holiday Stationstores, in a deal announced Monday, July 10. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Couche-Tard expects the sale to close during the fourth quarter of 2018. Couche-Tard’s agreement with Holiday includes all of the issued and outstanding shares of Holiday Stationstores and certain affiliated companies.
HIBBING, Minn. -- The Hibbing Police Department responded to a call regarding a dead body Monday afternoon in the 2400 block of First Avenue in Hibbing, the police department reported. Police arrived around 4:39 p.m. to find the body of a deceased man, and called in Hibbing investigators due to the “suspicious circumstances” surrounding the death. Investigators requested additional assistance from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.