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The Itasca County Board of Commissioners on Thursday voted to dismiss County Administrator Trish Harren. According to a written statement issued Friday, in the wake of a closed-session emergency meeting Thursday, the county board voted to place Harren on paid suspension, and then terminate her employment agreement effective April 15.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced that Maj. Greg Salo has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel and named the Enforcement Division’s assistant director.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- Beginning Monday, April 4, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will start burning restrictions in several additional northern Minnesota counties as conditions for wildfires have increased. The cool weather accompanied by snow or rain kept fire incidences low in the past two weeks. However, last year’s vegetation is dry and can easily catch on fire even if it has rained or snowed.
ST. PAUL -- Body piercing technicians would be required to complete 250 piercings under direct supervision and 250 piercings under indirect supervision before receiving a license in legislation sponsored by Rep. Nick Zerwas, R-Elk River. Dual license applicants, who wish to provide tattoos and body piercings, would need to complete both supervised experience requirements. A House committee has approved the bill and a similar one awaits full Senate action.
ST. PAUL -- Sue Vanek could hardly believe it when she was told of the charges facing the unlicensed driver who hit the vehicle carrying her 24-year-old daughter and young granddaughter, injuring both critically. The Brainerd woman told a House committee that surely a motorist behind the wheel illegally -- and with a long list of previous offenses, including multiple instances of driving without a valid license -- would face more than a pair of misdemeanors. But that is what happened.
OLIVIA, Minn. — A high-speed chase Monday stretched across three counties, breaking speeds of 110 mph, only to end when the driver crashed his vehicle and overturned in a drainage ditch. Now, the Redwood Falls man accused of leading a Renville County sheriff’s sergeant on the 70-mile jaunt has been charged in Renville County District Court with fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and reckless driving.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Several hundred members of the Duluth-based 148th Fighter Wing will deploy to South Korea in April, the Minnesota Air National Guard announced Thursday. The deployment involves about a dozen F-16s and about 300 members of the 148th. They'll be deploying to Osan Air Base, about 40 miles south of Seoul, South Korea, starting the week of April 10. Officials did not immediately announce how long the deployment is slated to last.
SARTELL, Minn. -- A bicyclist who was killed early Tuesday about 5:45 a.m. when he was hit by a vehicle while attempting to cross Minnesota Highway 15 near St . Cloud has been identified as Scott Erickstad, 54, of Sartell. The Minnesota State Patrol said the driver of the Saturn that hit the bicyclist was Jason Stocker, 40, of Sartell. The crash took place at the intersection of Stearns County Road One and the four-lane divided highway. Road conditions were dry, the Patrol said.
STILLWATER, Minn. — A man is accused of trying to swindle an 85-year-old Cottage Grove woman into paying $5,000 for driveway work he told her would be free. Authorities say the suspect, Richard Daniel Thomas Joles II, 28, also forced a 75-year-old Woodbury woman to pay $750 for driveway work after she only agreed to $180, according to charges filed in Washington County District Court.
LITCHFIELD, Minn. — A rural Litchfield man has been sentenced to two years of supervised probation and ordered to build a fence after neighbors say they saw him doing chores and sunbathing outdoors while nude.