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MONTEVIDEO, Minn. - The first TV commercial produced in Montevideo for broadcast in Uruguay and neighboring South American countries has been released. A Bombay Films crew led by Alejandro Cianco and Gabriel Rasela spent much of May shooting scenes for the commercial in the southwestern Minnesota city. A host of Montevideo-area residents landed roles as extras in the production.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- Polk County has become the 23rd county in Minnesota to adopt an ordinance holding adults responsible for allowing underage drinking to occur at their event or on their property. The social host ordinance aims to discourage underage drinking and makes providing an environment for the act a criminally punishable offense, with a penalties of 90 days in jail, a $1,000 or both.
SPICER, Minn. --Thirty-one Xcel Energy customers in the Spicer area were left without power for nearly five hours Monday after a West Central Sanitation truck crashed into a high-voltage power pole, brought down the power lines and caught fire. An Xcel Energy spokesman said the 4:30 p.m. outage was restored just before 9:30 p.m. Monday. The power pole had to be completely replaced, the spokesman said.
WILLMAR, Minn. -- Less than two weeks after he pleaded not guilty to swindling the West Central Ag Sales Association out of over $50,000, the group's 65-year-old former treasurer asserted a guilty plea to felony theft by swindle Monday. Robert Craig Starz, of Atwater, was originally charged in February in Kandiyohi County District Court with three felony counts of theft by swindle. Two of those charges will be dismissed at a July 25 sentencing hearing, per Monday's plea agreement.
ELROSA, Minn. -- One driver was killed, a 2-year-old Elrosa boy seriously injured, and two others were left with non-life threatening injuries after a head-on crash early Tuesday on U.S. Highway 71 just north of Elrosa. The state patrol says the driver of a 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was traveling south on U.S. Highway 71 in a construction zone near 320th Street when their vehicle crossed the centerline around 2:30 a.m. and crashed head-on into a semi truck.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- A 21-year-old Brainerd man is accused of breaking into a wildlife park here and stealing $15,000. Cody Andrew Nelson was charged June 2 in Crow Wing County District Court with felony first-degree burglary. Judge Kristine DeMay posted unconditional bond of $50,000 and $20,000 bond with conditions. His next court hearing is scheduled for June 28.
Six people from Minnesota have been arrested in connection with a shooting death of a 19-year-old Buffalo, Minn., woman.
ROSEAU, Minn. - A Roseau man is severely hurt after a fight in Roseau County this weekend. According to a GoFundMe page Jordan Brateng was trying to break up a fight and sustained serious injuries. He was airlifted from Roseau to the Hennepin County Medical Center and went into surgery. He sustained a fractured skull and brain bleeding. The sheriff's office confirmed the incident but plans to release their report at a later time.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - The suspect in an apparent murder has been identified by the Fergus Falls Police Department.
BAUDETTE, Minn. -- Trial dates have been set for a Baudette woman accused of stealing from a GoFundMe account she set up for three men who died in a boating accident on Lake of the Woods. Retina Reyellen LaValla, 28, was charged in February in Lake of the Woods District Court with two counts of felony theft after the Sheriff's Department said she used some of the donated money to pay for various bills and groceries.