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LITCHFIELD, Minn. — A Litchfield woman accused of financially exploiting nearly $220,000 from her elderly mother, a vulnerable adult, entered a plea agreement Wednesday in Meeker County District Court. Ann Marie Zillmer, 56, asserted an Alford plea, in which a defendant does not admit to the crime but acknowledges there is enough evidence to lead a jury to convict. It is recorded as a guilty plea.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota job vacancies were up 8.1 percent from a year ago to 96,000 from and were the most for a fourth quarter since the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development began tracking job vacancies in 2001, according to report released Thursday. The record for quarterly vacancies was 115,072 in the second quarter of 2001.
ST. PAUL, MN – The Commission on Judicial Selection announced Thursday it is recommending three candidates to Gov.Mark Dayton for consideration to fill a current vacancy in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District. This vacancy was created upon the upcoming retirement of Judge Conrad I. Freeberg and will be chambered at Milaca in Mille Lacs County. The district also consists of Becker, Benton, Clay, Douglas, Morrison, Otter Tail, Stearns, Todd, and Wadena counties.
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.