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CROOKSTON, Minn. -- An inmate is facing charges after smuggling drugs with a balloon inside herself into the Crookston jail, according to court documents. Jessica Renee Marciniak, 25, is charged with a felony count of fourth-degree controlled substance crime, two felony counts of fifth-degree controlled substance crimes and two gross misdemeanors for introduction of contraband into jail.
HAGER CITY, Wis. — Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove said Thursday that a missing 23-year-old woman ran off the road and drove straight into the backwaters of the Mississippi River, where she was found dead Wednesday in her submerged minivan. Authorities believe that early Saturday morning, Marya Christiansen, 23, was driving north on U.S. 63 from Red Wing, Minn., to her home in Hager City.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A 52-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to about 8 1/2 years in prison for stabbing another man in the chest with a steak knife last year at a Crookston retirement home. Brian Christopher Mitre of Crookston was charged with first-degree attempted murder of then-68-year-old Gary Anderson, as well as first- and second-degree assault charges. Anderson told court Thursday he was "disfigured" from the stabbing and still has chest pain.
RUSH RIVER, Wis. -- A Minnesota man was severely burned after a chicken manure fertilizer system inside a semi-trailer exploded Wednesday in the town of Rush River, Wis. The man, identified by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office as Richard C. Wagner, 59, of Big Lake, Minn., was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where he was listed in good condition on Thursday.
Mounds of cubed ice piled up Wednesday along the east shore of Green Lake. One lake resident said the ice crackled and popped as it barged to shore during a 30-minute period. Due to the warmer seasonal temperatures, a number of the Willmar-area lakes are thawing about a month ahead of the April 16 median ice-out date.
BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- Burnsville police shot a man to death outside a McDonald’s in the Twin Cities suburb Thursday morning, the department said. Police were called to the McDonald’s at Minnesota Highway 13 and Washburn Avenue about 6:15 a.m. on a report of suspicious activity. Five officers responded and found a person “brandishing a weapon,” according to a statement from the Burnsville Police Department.
BACKUS — Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reported to the county board Tuesday Sentence to Service inmate crews and sheriff's deputies picked up 900 pounds of trash from Leech Lake over three days following Eelpout Festival earlier this month. The Sentence to Service crews spent 42 hours on the ice doing clean-up, Burch said. John Ringle, environmental services director, also reported another 900 pounds of trash was collected and removed from the ice during the event.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A Grand Forks man was arrested Monday after police said he took a co-worker's phone and texted himself nude pictures he found on the phone. Patrick Michael Foley, 32, was formally charged Tuesday in Grand Forks County District Court with one count of dissemination of sexual images, a Class A misdemeanor. Foley was working at Bank Forward North in Grand Forks Dec. 18 when he persistently asked to see the apps on a co-worker's phone, according to court documents.
ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) report has found adult Minnesotans living in households earning less than $35,000 per year are nearly two and a half times more likely to have diabetes than Minnesotans living in households with annual incomes more than $35,000. The diabetes rate for working-age (18- to 64-year-olds) Minnesotans living in households with incomes less than $35,000 is 12.5 percent, compared to a rate of 5 percent for working-age Minnesotans living in households with incomes greater than $35,000.
ST. PAUL -- Changes in Minnesota's year-old law requiring vegetative buffers received approval of a Senate committee Wednesday. Over objections of environmental groups, a Senate agriculture committee on a split voice vote moved Sen. Rod Skoe's bill to extend until 2025 the time when all buffers must be in place. Current law sets that limit at 2018. "What we do not want to do is to backslide and potentially reduce the water quality benefits," Scott Strand of the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy told the committee.