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LUVERNE, Minn. -- A Taco John’s manager in southwestern Minnesota was charged with felony theft Monday after he and his wife, an assistant manager at the restaurant, allegedly took more than $31,000 from the store. Jacob and Amber Wright allegedly failed to make regular deposits, instead spending it and repaying the shortfalls later, and gambled at an Iowa casino to try to win back their debt. Store owners Ronald and John Christianson discovered the shortage and contacted police. During questioning, Jacob Wright admitted he had taken money from deposits for 18 months.
Gordmans Stores Inc., a Midwestern department-store chain founded more than a century ago, is preparing to file for bankruptcy, people familiar with the matter tell Bloomberg News.
ALBANY, Minn. – A rural Albany man and his three young sons escaped their burning home late Saturday night. All four suffered smoke inhalation. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, the fire was reported shortly before midnight in Albany Township.
BELGRADE, Minn. – A 16-year-old Belgrade boy was killed in a one-vehicle crash Saturday morning. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department, Austin Young was driving a 1997 Chevy truck south on Stearns County Road 197, about two miles south of Belgrade, when his vehicle went off the road on a curve and hit a tree.
PAYNESVILLE, Minn. – A pilot was seriously injured when his small, experimental plane crashed Saturday afternoon in a field near the Paynesville Airport. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Michael Jude, 71, of St. Cloud was flying from the Clear Lake Airport to the Paynesville Airport when the engine of his fixed-wing single engine plane began to overheat.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Five suspects are in custody in connection with the Feb. 14 shooting death of University of Minnesota Duluth student William Grahek, Duluth police announced Friday afternoon. Deandre Demetrius Davenport, 21, Noah Duane Baker, 19, Noah Anthony Charles King, 18, Tara Rai Baker, 22, and Xavier Alfred Haywood, 26, are all being held in the St. Louis County Jail.
FARGO — A Fargo man who was unscathed after a double-fatal collision on a South Dakota highway in 2009 was killed over the weekend in a motorcycle crash while headed to the Daytona 500 NASCAR race. Nicholas James Helgeson, 29, had a passion for motorcycles, and taking the trip to Daytona was "a dream come true," his obituary said. He was riding with his stepfather from Cape Coral, Fla., to Daytona on Saturday, Feb. 25, when the crashed happened. On a two-lane highway, an oncoming driver veered into Helgeson's lane and struck him head-on, his obituary said.
GRAND FORKS -- Poison and Tesla plan to rock the northern Red River Valley this spring. The two bands, both popular in the 1980s, will play May 27 at the Alerus Center as part of the XXX tour, according to a news release. The tour will be the first time all four original members of Poison will perform together in five years.
Forum sports writer Chris Murphy will be live blogging from the Minnesota high school state wrestling tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Friday and Saturday. Check out his live blog here.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation should delay requiring permits to mow hay along state highways, state senators decided Thursday, March 2, They voted 47-20 to force the department to wait a year to enforce its plan to make farmers obtain a permit before cutting grass in ditches. Instead, the bill requires the department to work with farmers to find a more acceptable way to regulate mowing. "Some do not understand the permits," bill sponsor Sen. Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, said about farmers.