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A Superior man will spend a year in jail for his role in a string of ice-shack burglaries that ended when the vehicle he was riding in broke through the ice on Upper St. Croix Lake near Solon Springs. Ryan Douglas VanPuymbrouck, 21, pleaded guilty in Douglas County Circuit Court last week to two counts of party to burglary. Five additional party to burglary charges were dismissed, but read in for sentencing. He was sentenced to two years of probation and one year in jail with Huber work release.
SUPERIOR, Wis. -- A 17-year-old boy was arrested at Superior High School Thursday morning after several firearms were found in a vehicle on school property. The Superior Police Department reported the boy was taken into custody for a preliminary felony charge of possession of a firearm in a school zone.
A Duluth man was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison for his role in a home invasion in Rice Lake last year. Sixth Judicial District Judge Eric Hylden sentenced Guy Robert Franklin Rabold, who turned 25 on Thursday, after Rabold pleaded guilty in February to aiding and abetting aggravated first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, felon in possession of a firearm and theft of a motor vehicle.
BUTTERFIELD, Minn. -- A 68-year-old southwest Minnesota farm worker was still in intensive care Thursday at a Mankato hospital after suffering life-threatening injuries in a farm accident at a farm in Watonwan County. Steven Wentzlaff of Butterfield was trying to get out of the back of a truck when he fell backward into a substance known as corn chaff or bee wings, the Watonwan County Sheriff’s Office said.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota senators passed a bill Thursday tweaking a $42 billion, two-year budget they approved a year ago, sending the changes to negotiations with the House and governor. Here are some highlights of Democratic senators' proposed changes for the next year: -- $91 million to ease financial disparities faced by minority Minnesotans
BLOMKEST, Minn. --A west-central Minnesota man accused of mistreating over a dozen animals on a rural hobby farm has been sentenced to 60 days in jail and one year of probation, including a ban from possessing animals. Leonard K. Kester, 48, of Blomkest was originally facing one felony charge and 13 misdemeanors for the alleged animal mistreatment and torture. As part of Monday's plea agreement, the felony charge and 12 of the misdemeanors were dismissed.
ROTHSAY, Minn. -- A 41-year-old Rothsay man has been arrested for allegedly threatening a woman with a firearm, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office. Jason Richard Sytsma reportedly went to a home in Rothsay on Saturday looking for a woman. Sytsma asked the homeowner if the woman was there. The homeowner told him she wasn’t.
ST. PAUL -- Officers from law enforcement agencies across Minnesota handed out 972 citations for texting while driving during an extra-enforcement campaign earlier this month. Police officers and sheriff's deputies from more than 300 agencies, along with Minnesota State Patrol troopers, took part in the campaign from April 11-17. The number of citations during this year's seven-day effort compares to 909 in a six-day campaign last year.
GRANITE FALLS -- The driver who crossed the centerline and crashed into a bus full of young Head Start students in July on U.S. Highway 212 outside Granite Falls will serve one year in jail and three years of supervised probation. Anthony James Blue, 34, of Bloomington, Minn., was sentenced Tuesday in Chippewa County District Court. He was also given a 17-month prison sentence that was stayed.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota representatives unanimously said that child protection workers should know when a predatory offender lives in a house with a child. Tuesday's vote was 127-0 for a Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, bill. "In the event if there is an offender in the home ... child protective services are required to be notified," Miller said.