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NEW LONDON, Minn. — A New London boy died Wednesday after being injured last month in a car crash. According to the family's CaringBridge site, Nathaniel Shumaker, 11, died at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He was critically injured March 28 when a vehicle driven by his brother, Josh Shumaker, 16, collided with a semi-truck on state Highway 23 near Paynesville.
ST. CLOUD — A Stearns County grand jury has indicted Gregory Allen Scheel on four counts of first-degree murder in the March 21 deaths of his grandparents. Scheel, 33, of Paynesville, is accused of murdering his grandparents Wilbert and Gloria Scheel. He was living with them at the time of their deaths. The grand jury indicted him on two counts of premeditated first-degree murder — punishable by life in prison without the possibility of release —
LENGBY, Minn. -- A 19-year-old man who went missing this weekend in rural Polk County in northwest Minnesota has been found dead. The body of Benjamin Daniel Widseth was found at 2 p.m. Monday, according to a news release issued late Monday afternoon by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Law enforcement did not say where he was found or how he died, though no foul play is suspected in the case.
SOUTH ROUND LAKE TOWNSHIP, Minn. — Two people were killed and two others were injured Friday, April 20, in an early morning single-vehicle crash near here. The Becker County Sheriff's Office said it got a report shortly before 2 a.m. Friday of a crash on county Highway 35 west of Ice Cracking Lodge. Two people were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names won't be released until family is notified, according to a news release.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- A Bemidji man has been accused of soliciting sex from a child in Pennington County, where he met a sheriff’s deputy posing as a 15-year-old, court documents say.
PERHAM, Minn. -- A 21-year-old Pine River man is custody after two people were killed at a rural Perham home early Tuesday, April 17. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the deaths as homicides. Sheriff’s deputies responded at 5:17 a.m. to a call of an assault at the home, Chief Deputy Barry Fitzgibbons said in a news release. When deputies arrived, they found two people dead, he said.
MANTORVILLE, Minn. -- A $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Lois Riess, a southeast Minnesota woman being sought after her husband was murdered in March is now a suspect in a second death, has been offered by the U.S. Marshals Service.
DULUTH — The Winnipeg Jets were supposed to fly into Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Saturday, April 14, but had their charter flight diverted to Duluth because of a massive spring snowstorm that converged on the Twin Cities. Air Canada Flight 7017 arrived in Duluth a little after 2 p.m. Saturday and headed back to Winnipeg a little after 4:30 p.m. According to workers with Monaco Air, the team stayed on the plane, waiting in Duluth hoping things would clear up.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed an additional $19 million in special education funding for next year, as such expenses rise throughout the state. His plan would increase spending by $22 million the following year. Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said Thursday, April 12, that rising costs limit opportunities to all students, and create constraints on programs. The proposed $19 million increase, she said, would contain growth and provide some relief. “It will directly impact every student in those districts,” Cassellius said.
CHICAGO — Gas prices are rising with the national average at $2.68 per gallon of regular unleaded, the priciest since July 2015, according GasBuddy's figures Thursday morning, April 12. The crowd-sourced gas price compiler said the sudden surge can be blamed on oil prices surging to nearly $67 per barrel, the highest level since 2014, on fears of military action in Syria and trade conflict with China.