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FRANKLIN, Minn. - Erik Lee Green, 34, of Franklin died when the All-Terrain-Vehicle he was driving struck a vehicle parked on the shoulder of a road in Franklin in Renville County at 7:33 p.m. on Thursday. The Renville County Sheriff’s Department reported that Green was driving the ATV on County Road 5 in Franklin. Responding EMS members of the Franklin Ambulance Service, North Memorial Ambulance of Redwood Falls and North Air Care attempted to resuscitate Green. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Dennis Edwards has been selected to be the city’s next fire chief. Mayor Emily Larson held a news conference at noon Friday at the main Fire Hall downtown to introduce the former assistant fire chief in his new role. Larson had narrowed the field of candidates for Duluth’s next fire chief to two internal finalists: Capt. Jamie Dawson and Edwards. Edwards’ appointment will go to the Duluth City Council for final approval later this month.
ST. PAUL -- Kirsten Tjosaas, 38, of Granite Falls, pleaded guilty to federal charges of wire fraud and money laundering while embezzling more than $5.7 million from her former employer, Fagen Inc. Tjosaas entered guilty pleas to the two counts during her initial court appearance in U. S. District Court in Saint Paul on Friday, according to information from the U.S. Justice Office.
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.