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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton honored three Minnesota “Water Heroes” for their efforts in protecting and improving the water quality and availability in Minnesota as part of his Water Action Week that culminated with Earth Day on Friday. Dayton honored Patty Hall, Dave Legvold, and Randall Hogan in a ceremony Friday, and encouraged Minnesotans to learn from their actions.
BEMIDJI -- A Coffee and Canvas program will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 5 at G & A Pottery Co., 311 Third St. NW. Attendees will paint a canvas with artist Susan Kedzie while enjoying a cup of coffee. All supplies are included. This is an adult only program. Cost is $25. For more information or to register, visit www.ci.bemidji.mn.us or call (218) 333-1850.
ST. PAUL -- By voluntarily purchasing a $5 walleye stamp, anglers can support a walleye stocking program that broadens the distribution of lakes where anglers can pursue Minnesota’s state fish.
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating a shooting where a man who rammed an Austin police officer’s vehicle was shot and injured by a city officer during a high speed chase. The incident Wednesday night about 8 p.m. started after a report of erratic driving. Two Austin officers and a Mower County deputy responded to the call.
ST. PAUL -- A recent inspection sweep of gas pumps across Minnesota uncovered nine credit card skimmers used to steal card information. The sweep occurred over a three week period at more than 1,000 gas stations across the state, a Department of Commerce press release said. The exact locations were not released due to open investigations being conducted, but department spokesman Ross Corson said skimmers were found at pumps mostly along the I-90 and I-35 corridors in southern Minnesota, although the Twin Cities also was affected.
A jury in the trial of Fredrick William Bachman found him not guilty of murder and arson charges related to the death of James Schwartzbauer, 57, and a house fire which occurred May 31, 2013 in Lake Hattie Township. Bachman was charged with felony first degree murder, second degree murder, first degree manslaughter and first degree arson. Monday was the final day of witness testimony with closing arguments taking place Tuesday morning. The jury deliberated approximately eight hours before arriving at the decision Tuesday evening.
POWDER ISLAND, Ont. — Police say a body found on Powder Island on Lake of the Woods has been identified as Keith Ayers, who disappeared six months ago in a boating accident on the lake. Officers from the Kenora Department of the Ontario Provincial Police responded to a report of a deceased male about 6 p.m. Tuesday being located on the shoreline of Powder Island on Lake of the Woods.
LAKE SHORE, Minn. -- A state lawmaker from Lake Shore said a campaign contribution that appears to violate state campaign finance law happened because he confused his campaign checkbook with his personal checkbook. A $500 contribution from the campaign committee of state Rep. Mark Anderson, R-Lake Shore, was listed by the campaign of Jason Lewis, a GOP candidate for U.S. Congress in the Minnesota's 2nd District, on its April first-quarter filings to the Federal Election Commission.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — An East Grand Forks police officer and former veteran who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder has parted ways with the city following a special City Council meeting Tuesday night regarding his performance. In a meeting closed to the public, the council approved a settlement Tuesday that included the termination of Officer Scott Jordheim's employment with the department, City Administrator David Murphy said.
BAUDETTE — A boat belonging to a man who was found dead last week in the Rainy River has been recovered. The Lake of the Woods Sheriff's Office confirmed Tuesday in a news release the camouflage boat, which was submerged in approximately 24 feet of water, belonged to John Martin Stiglich, 52, of Shoreview, Minn. His body was recovered at 11:53 p.m. April 11 after dispatchers received a report of a body floating in the river about a mile east of Baudette. His body was taken to the Lakewood Health Center, where he was later pronounced dead.