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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota cities need state funds to help prepare for the loss of ash trees, nursery and tree organizations say. Legislation by Rep. Rick Hansen, D-South St. Paul, would provide $13 million to fight the emerald ash borer's advance into a dozen Minnesota counties. Tim Power, representing the nursery and tree industries, told a state House committee Tuesday that the money is needed to keep ash trees in place, at least until they are replaced by other trees.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota education officials would compile reports about student violence against teachers and teachers would have the authority to remove any student from a classroom if deemed to be a safety threat under a proposed House bill. A state House education committee Tuesday considered legislation written after a series of student attacks on teachers. The bill will be discussed again later this spring.
BISMARCK -- Bismarck police arrested a man who allegedly tried to rob a gas station convenience store on 3921 Trenton Ave. on Sunday night.
SPICER, Minn. -- A 5-year-old boy involved in an all-terrain vehicle crash Saturday night in Spicer has died. The Hennepin County Medical Center said Wesley Needham died Monday. Needham had previously been listed in critical condition by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, who responded to the crash about 5 p.m. Saturday.
DULUTH -- A 21-year-old Duluth man faces a felony charge after allegedly burglarizing a West Duluth home to support a drug habit. Scott Robert Vercelline Jr. was charged last week with second-degree burglary, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines, after being arrested Thursday.
The Aitkin woman killed March 29 following a standoff with law enforcement has been identified as 50-year-old Denise Renie Fairchild. Fairchild suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the torso, the Hennepin County medical examiner's office stated. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting at the request of the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – A teen has been sentenced in juvenile court for allegedly helping make a fake bomb and taping it to a utility pole in People's Park. The Oct. 1 incident caused police to block off the area and call in a bomb squad. Nearby Rossman Elementary School also went into "Code Yellow" partial lockdown mode, keeping students and staff in their classrooms throughout much of the morning.
STILLWATER, Minn. — A Maple Grove man admitted to engaging in prostitution with a 16-year-old Cottage Grove girl and pleaded guilty to underage prostitution and child pornography charges. Corwin Thomas Moose, 44, entered guilty pleas to three felonies March 30 in Washington County District Court in connection with his arrest in a sex trafficking investigation last fall.
ST. PAUL -- Applications for Minnesota bear hunting licenses are being accepted now through May 6, wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing license are sold, online at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense and by telephone at 888-665-4236. A total of 3,850 licenses are available in 13 permit areas. Bear licenses cost $44 for residents and $230 for nonresidents, and there is a $5 application fee. The season is open from Thursday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Oct. 16.
TOWER, Minn. -- Authorities on Monday identified two people killed in separate crashes on highways in St. Louis County on Sunday. In the first crash, on Minnesota Highway 169 south of Tower at about 12:30 p.m., Elaine Tuominen, 82, of Tower died after the Buick LeSabre in which she was a passenger pulled out from a parking lot and into the path of a southbound Chevrolet Astro, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.