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ANOKA, Minn. – Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper says security improvements are needed soon at the Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center. She emphasized her feelings when she visited the northern Twin Cities facility Tuesday. Piper said the facility needs better security systems, more nurses and more beds for patients now awaiting treatment.
ST. PAUL -- A woman with transportation and agriculture background will lead Minnesota's rail safety effort. Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday announced that Alene Tchourumoff is the new state rail director. Her job will be to "enhance railway safety, pursue needed infrastructure improvements, continue training and support for first responders, closely monitor rail movements and work with communities and railroad companies to ensure the safe and efficient operation of rail systems across Minnesota," a governor's news release reported.
DILWORTH, Minn. —A Fargo woman is charged in Clay County District Court with stealing the purse of a loss prevention officer trainee at the Dilworth Wal-Mart store. According to court documents, the incident happened on Aug. 4, 2015 after a woman who was training to be a loss-prevention officer left a bottle of water and her purse in a shopping cart outside the door of the loss prevention office.
BRANDON, Minn. -- A missing person report issued by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department (DCSO) Monday has been cancelled. Todd Richard Logan, 52, of Moorhead, was last seen around 4 p.m. Saturday, April 23, near the intersection of Wolf Creek Road NW and Severson Road NW between Brandon and Evansville. Family members contacted the DCSO, expressing concerns for Logan’s welfare and indicating that his recent behavior was concerning and uncharacteristic of him.
SLAYTON, Minn. -- A 28-year-old Slayton woman, pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a 15-year-old boy in Murray County District Court. According to court records, a Murray County Sheriff’s Deputy spoke last August with Ricci Lee Berglund’s husband, who believed his wife had had sexual intercourse with the boy. Berglund said he’d taken photographs of text and Facebook messages exchanged between Berglund and the teen.
SLAYTON -- The Murray County Board of Commissioners, in a move similar to other county and city organizations in the region, passed a resolution Tuesday supporting state funding for the Casey Jones State Trail in Minnesota’s 2016 bonding bill. The trail is on an old railroad bed and the request for $846,000 would complete the trail between Pipestone and Woodstock, a small town 12 miles to the east.
CORCORAN, Minn. -- Officials are investigating after a 2-year-old boy apparently drowned in a holding pond on Strehler Road in Corcoran in western Hennepin County. The boy was found unresponsive by family members about 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Hennepin County sheriff’s office. Paramedics attempted to revive the boy, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the child was withheld Tuesday afternoon.
FORT MEYERS, Fla.--A former northwest Minnesota mayor died while scuba diving over the weekend in southern Florida. Robert Kliner, 66, of Warren, died Sunday "while fulfilling his lifelong dream of a deep dive after becoming scuba certified," an obituary posted on DuBore Funeral Home's website stated.
AUSTIN, Minn. -- The officer and man injured in an officer-involved shooting incident in Austin last Wednesday after a high-speed chase of up to 70 mph within the southern Minnesota city have been identified. The officer firing the shots was Austin Police Department Officer Adam Scott, who has been with the department for six months.
MORRIS — Dr. Rodney Hanley has been named the next chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Morris. Hanley's appointment is effective July 1, 2016, pending approval by the Board of Regents at their May 13 meeting.