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WALKER — Cass County now pays more of its bills electronically than by paper checks, Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Anderson reported to the county board as part of her annual report presented Tuesday. The county has e-deposited all incoming checks since 2007 and keeps the record of those checks electronically as well. Paper checks are destroyed after 60 days, Anderson said. That office has reduced staff by two positions in the last 10 years, partially by switching to more electronic activity.
Big Sandy Lodge & Resort near McGregor has been sold to an arm of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, the latest addition to a growing portfolio of hospitality industry holdings by the band. Tribal officials announced Wednesday that Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures has purchased the 18-room lodge, seven cabins, 14 townhomes, a seasonal rustic retreat log home as well as The Pines Restaurant, the Bear's Den Sports Bar & Grille, an indoor pool, hot tub and sauna located on Big Sandy Lake.
A rural Deer River man was sentenced Wednesday to more than four years in prison for an alcohol-fueled crash that killed two acquaintances in Itasca County in September. Derrick Lee Cloud, 29, received a 50-month sentence from Judge Korey Wahwassuck at a hearing in State District Court in Grand Rapids. Cloud, who was free on bail, was taken into custody and will immediately begin serving the sentence.
WOODBURY, Minn. -- Two people were injured when geese crossing a road caused a bottleneck near a shopping center. At about 6:30 p.m. on March 19, Donna Rose Roberts, 59, of Apple Valley, Minn., drove her Nissan Murano into a Honda CRV driven by 56-year-old Lori Anne Owens, of Woodbury. Owens and others had stopped to allow geese to cross Parkside Drive near Woodbury Lakes shopping center, according to a police report.
ST. PAUL -- Public Utilities Commission members would be picked by congressional district under a bill offered by Minnesota state Rep. Dan Fabian. Fabian, R-Roseau, said that the PUC deals with issues important to all of Minnesota, but commissioners often mostly come from the Twin Cities. The current system does not have residency requirements. The PUC needs "a greater regional representation," he said.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – Another eight concerts are on tap for the Bluestem Center for the Arts in south Moorhead, with the likes of Bret Michaels, "Weird Al" Yankovic and Brandi Carlile all slated to perform this year. During a press conference Wednesday, April 6, Trollwood Performing Arts School and events promoter Jade Presents unveiled the lineup for the 2016 Bluestem Summer Concert Series, which is presented by Dakota Magic Casino and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead..
LITTLEFORK, Minn. -- One person died and another was injured Wednesday morning in a head-on crash on an icy U.S. Highway 71 in Koochiching County. The Minnesota State Patrol reported that the crash happened at about 7:45 a.m. about four miles north of Littlefork. A Mazda Tribute SUV traveling south on Highway 71 crossed the centerline, in what the Patrol said were slippery conditions, and hit a northbound Ford pickup truck head-on.
FOREST LAKE, Minn. -- A Forest Lake man who choked and stabbed his girlfriend to death and then stayed with her body until a neighbor noticed the smell has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Lauren Mason Grove Lynch, 27, is expected to receive a 30-year prison sentence, according to Washington County Attorney Pete Orput.
ESKO, Minn. -- A 19-year-old Esko, Minn., native was fatally shot over the weekend in Florida, where he was attending college, according to police and family members. Ethan Jared Halverson, who was living in Port Orange, Fla., was shot once outside a Daytona Beach apartment building Saturday, according to a police report.
ST. PAUL -- The younger the minor, the tougher the potential prostitution sentence. That summarizes a bill approved Tuesday by the House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee and sent to the House Floor. Rep. Dave Pinto, D-St. Paul, sponsor a bill that would toughen penalties in a 2015 law that addressed the crime of hiring or offering to hire an individual to engage in prostitution when the individual is a minor.