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ST. PAUL—Minnesota manufacturers have high hopes for 2017, according to the results of a study released Monday. More than 90 percent of firms expect production, employment levels and prices to increase or at least stay the same during the year, per a Department of Employment and Economic Development and Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis survey
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Two men were sentenced in Clay County District Court Monday, Jan. 9., in connection with a sting operation last summer that targeted people accused of seeking to hire minors for sex. Steven A. Breker, 62, of West Fargo was sentenced to 150 days in jail after earlier pleading guilty to one count of solicitation.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Supreme Court justices reject former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's attempt to restore a $1.8 million award an appeals court gave him. Without comment, justices said on Monday, Jan. 9, they would not change a federal appeals court decision that erased a lower court ruling that Ventura is due the money after being defamed by author Chris Kyle in "American Sniper."
CANNON BALL, N.D. -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick donated $50,000 to a Standing Rock Sioux Reservation health clinic in December, his website says. Kaepernick pledged $1 million from the sales of his jerseys to various causes and organizations at a news conference following a polarizing decision not to stand during the national anthem before games this season.
MINNEAPOLIS -- One man was dead and a woman was injured by gunfire in downtown Minneapolis early Sunday morning, authorities said. Police responded to reports of gunfire on the 300 block of Third Avenue North at about 2:19 a.m. Officers arrived to find two adult victims suffering from gunshot wounds. The male victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The female victim was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and was being treated for what was described as a non-life threatening injury.
FARGO - A 32-year-old woman was stabbed in the leg by a man she had taken into her vehicle in the downtown area early Sunday, Jan. 8, a Fargo police spokesman said. About 1:05 a.m., the woman was driving on Broadway when she was flagged down by a man who appeared intoxicated and asked for a ride to a restaurant, Sgt. Mark Lykken said.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota officials say 397 people died in traffic fatalities on state roadways in 2016, a number that could climb near the 2015 final figure of 411 as more data is evaluated. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety projects the final number to be 412, it said in a news release Thursday, Jan. 5. Pedestrian deaths increased to 60 in a preliminary count, the highest number since 61 died in 1991 and a 50 percent increase over the average of the past five years.
BERTHOLD, N.D. -- Authorities seized 11½ pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop on Tuesday, Jan. 3, and are calling it one of the largest drug busts in North Dakota. Authorities arrested three Washington men, David Salazar, 47, Gregorio Capetillo, 24, and Louis Parra Magana, 19, for misdemeanor drug possession.
CROSBY—A Palisade, Minn., man was in critical condition Wednesday at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis after he was found lying in the middle of the road on the 27000 block of Crow Wing County Road 32 in Crosby.
EAGAN, Minn. -- Three teenagers were robbed at gunpoint Tuesday morning near Eagan High School, police said. The three juvenile victims told police they were involved in an attempted drug exchange at 9:35 a.m. with three other people in a parking lot at Northview Park, located northwest of the high school and Dakota Hills Middle School in the southeast Twin Cities suburb. One of the three other people pointed a gun at the juveniles and demanded valuables, according to a police news release.