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LITTLE FALLS—A 26-year-old Little Falls man was arrested Monday following a lengthy investigation involving methamphetamine sales in the central Minnesota area, which resulted in seizing 1.5 pounds of meth. For the past 18 months, the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force conducted several search warrants in the Stearns County area resulting in finding large amounts of meth. During the investigation, officers spoke with several people involved and identified an alleged multi-pound methamphetamine supplier as Jose Eduardo Torres-Ortiz of Little Falls.
WINDOM, Minn. -- A possible case of poaching in southwest Minnesota is being investigated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. According to DNR Conservation Officer Dustin Miller, he was contacted over the weekend by an individual about deer heads that were found at Pat’s Grove County Park, which is located in Cottonwood County, west of Windom and north of Heron Lake. Miller went out to the park and found 14 deer heads that had been cut off. The heads were scattered throughout the park.
An unoccupied house located about 15 miles southwest of Ely was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call reporting a fire in the 1700 block of Bear Head State Park Road in Eagles Nest Township at 12:02 a.m. When firefighters and law enforcement arrived on the scene, the vacant house was fully engulfed in flames, according to a report from the sheriff’s office. The structure was damaged beyond repair.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- The dog shot multiple times with a pellet gun and left for dead last winter in rural Stearns County has died The Tri-County Humane Society in St. Cloud said that Remy died Monday afternoon at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center after suffering a series of unexplained seizures.
FARMINGTON, Minn. -- Some unexpected gunfire delayed Farmington firefighters as they worked to put out a garage fire Tuesday night in Empire Township. Ammunition stored in the garage on Canberra Court started going off while firefighters worked, forcing them to back off. “You can hear them going off,” fire chief Jim Larsen said. “It sounds like any other gun going off.”
MOORHEAD, Minn - Moorhead police riding a school bus looking for distracted drivers as part of a special campaign on Tuesday, April 12, arrested a man for on suspicion of drunken driving after a vehicle nearly struck the back of the bus. The school bus the officers were riding on was stopped at a stop light when the officers noticed a vehicle approaching from the rear at a high rate of speed.
FRAZEE, Minn. -- The fire chief in the small town of Frazee in northwest Minnesota is under investigation at the Frazee Liquor Store. Police investigated the allegations against Fire Chief Reggie Ueke and have forwarded the case to the Becker County Attorney’s Office for consideration of criminal charges, said Frazee City Administrator Jonathan Smith.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- A man accused of killing his mother more than two years ago in St. Cloud was determined incompetent to stand trial on Tuesday. Dean Friese, 54, is accused of stabbing his mother, 72-year-old Lois Arlene Omeara, in September 2013. According to court records, Friese stabbed Omeara in an apartment complex where they each lived in separate apartments. Court records accuse Friese of luring his mother to his apartment by pulling a medical alarm.
MINNEAPOLIS -- U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison isn’t backing down in the face of a death threat from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. Ellison, a Minneapolis Democrat who was the first Muslim elected to Congress, was threatened in ISIS’ official English-language magazine, Dabiq, as a “politically active apostate.” ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is quoted as saying that Ellison and others including Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin should receive “a painful — and fatal — punishment.”
DULUTH, Minn. -- Duluth's oldest scenic railroad will ride again in 2016. The volunteer-run Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad earned a reprieve for its upcoming season when an environmental cleanup project was delayed, the railroad said in a news release Wednesday. The LS&M first came to Duluth in 1870; it was the first rail line between Duluth and St. Paul. The railway carried passengers to Duluth into the 1930s.