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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.
WADENA, Minn. -- The Wadena County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the young woman killed after being hit by a BNSF Railway train Saturday evening. Officials say 15-year-old Stacy Hundeby of Wadena was struck and killed by an eastbound BNSF train. Hundeby's dog was also killed by the BNSF train. Hundeby was a ninth-grader at Wadena-Deer Creek High School, according to the district's Facebook page post.
SILVER BAY, Minn. -- The ongoing dispute about Bent Paddle Brewing’s opposition to the a PolyMet copper mining project in northern Minnesota has now derailed a fire truck purchase by the town of Silver Bay. Councilor Carlene Perfetto on April 11 voted against a measure to purchase a firetruck, citing the council's 3-2 vote in March to remove Bent Paddle products from the city liquor store and lounge because of the Duluth brewery's membership in a coalition opposed to copper mining in the region.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans soon may have three choices for the type of driver's license or state-issued identification card they want. Minnesota provides regular DLs and IDs and enhanced versions. The enhanced ones allow admission into federal facilities and other North American countries. Legislators are looking into ordering the state Public Safety Department to provide another third form, known as Real ID, that complies with federal guidelines.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton Monday signed a bill into law that allows private fundraising for a celebration when the state Capitol building reopens next year. A $310 million renovation is to be mostly wrapped up by the end of 2016. It should be fully finished by fall, which is when the celebration is expected. The new law calls for about $400,000 to be raised.