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CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A Wadena, Minn. man pleaded guilty Friday to assault and fleeing officers after a police chase that ended with him crashing head-on into a deputy's patrol car. Jeremiah Christopher Raper, 37, originally faced two counts of first-degree attempted murder for the August incident. But he entered into a plea agreement Friday in which he pleaded guilty to first-degree assault on a peace officer, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and fleeing from a peace officer in a motor vehicle, all felonies.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A Crookston woman was sentenced to 86 months in prison after law enforcement found her with methamphetamine at a rest stop near Fisher, Minn. Shanna Corrine Berg, 38, was charged in January in Polk County District Court with eight felonies: first-degree conspiracy to commit a controlled substance, first-degree sale of a controlled substance, importing controlled substances across state borders, two counts of first-degree controlled substance and three counts of failure to affix a tax stamp.
LAKEVILLE, Minn. – Hearth & Home Technologies is adding 37 jobs as part of a $1.45 million expansion of its manufacturing facilities in Lake City -- and is being aided by state funding. The Lakeville-based maker of fireplace products said it plans to convert 20,000 square feet of warehouse space in Lake City into an engineering lab, offices and testing space. The new jobs are expected to pay nearly $16 an hour.
DULUTH, Minn. - After next week, there will be no more Trouble at the Lake Superior Zoo. Trouble, an Alaskan brown bear who has been a popular part of the Duluth zoo since 2000, will be permanently moved to a bear sanctuary next week, zoo officials announced Thursday. It’s part of an ongoing process as the zoo undergoes an accreditation review and looks toward a proposed $15 million renovation.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A 21-year-old Moorhead man pleaded guilty Thursday in Clay County District Court to first-degree manslaughter in the death of a Moorhead man last October. Anthony Lee Rodriguez told the court he did not intend to kill Bradley Carrington, 55, when he went to Carrington's home the night of Oct. 17 and confronted Carrington regarding sexual abuse allegations made by Rodriguez's younger brother, Zachary St. Claire.
EAGAN, Minn. -- A pedestrian was seriously injured early Thursday morning in Eagan after a police officer driving around on patrol hit him. About 12:30 a.m., Eagan police officer Brian Rundquist was westbound on Yankee Doodle Road near Coachman Road when he hit 26-year-old Anthony Pollard, who was walking in the right lane of traffic, according to a Minnesota State Patrol incident report.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Mike Tusken joked that he has been interviewed by “everyone but the pope” over the past few months. It was a light moment from the longtime Duluth police officer, who has maintained a sense of humor while building a reputation as an effective administrator, but the comment underscored the intensity of the city’s process for selecting its next police chief.
SABIN, Minn.—A West Fargo, N.D., motorcyclist faces a misdemeanor charge after being accused of going 129 mph in a 55 mph zone in rural Clay County near Sabin over the weekend. Skyler Lee Weltikol, 21, was cited for speeding and endangering life or property on Sunday night at about 8 p.m., said Lt. Steve Todd of the Clay County Sheriff's Office.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- An 18-year-old Itasca County man will serve a year in jail and 15 years of supervised probation for his role in the accidental shooting death of his friend last November. Walter Everett Charwood, of Squaw Lake, was sentenced Wednesday in Ninth District Court in Grand Rapids. He had previously pled guilty to felony first-degree manslaughter in the death of 17-year-old Dallas James Graciano.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House unanimously backed a bill Wednesday to increase punishment for drunken drivers charged with a vehicular homicide that occurs within 10 years of another drunken driving offense. The crime would be increased to 15 years in prison from the current 10 years.