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The White Earth Tribal Police Department responded to a person in possession of a possible pipe bomb on Friday, March 11 at a residence in the City of Mahnomen. Tribal police arrived on scene and took a picture of the suspected bomb and sent it to the Crow Wing County Bomb Squad (Brainerd, Minn.). Bomb squad officials confirmed it was a pipe bomb. Tribal police secured the scene until the Crow Wing County Bomb Squad arrived. The bomb squad took possession of the pipe bomb and detonated it at a remote gravel pit.
CROOKSTON, Minn — The Crookston Police Department is releasing few details about a search warrant that was executed Sunday morning. A press release says authorities were dispatched to the 700 block of Stuart Avenue in Crookston at 7 a.m. Due to the circumstances surrounding the investigation and nature of the incident, the Grand Forks Regional Special Operations Group was called upon to help gain entry to the home.
RED WING, Minn. -- The search continued Monday for a missing Wisconsin woman last seen in Red Wing. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office identified the woman as 23-year-old Marya Ann Christiansen of Hager City. Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove said sheriff's deputies won't be leading a search party today, but her office will review video surveillance, conduct more interviews and check Christiansen's bank activity for clues to her whereabouts. Red Wing police are assisting in the investigation.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Most owners of grocery stores in small Minnesota towns don’t expect to still own their stores longer than five more years, a newly released survey says. Rural Minnesota grocery store owners and operators are facing a growing number of challenges according to a study conducted by the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and the Minnesota Center for Survey Research.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representative Tom Emmer will join President Obama when he visits Cuba on March 21. This will mark the first visit to Cuba that a sitting president has made since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. Klobuchar is the lead Senate sponsor on Freedom to Export to Cuba Act, which would lift the trade embargo between the U.S. and Cuba. Emmer is the lead sponsor of a similar bill in the House.
WADENA — A 39-year-old Wadena man is accused of making sexual advances toward a female juvenile under age 13. Jason Lee Bergeson, 39, was charged last week in Wadena County District Court with three felony criminal sexual conduct counts following a child protection report filed by Wadena County Human Services.
BEMIDJI — A Minnetonka man has been found not guilty in a boating accident that killed an Eden Prairie youth swimming coach last Fourth of July. Matthew Allen Kinghorn, 45, was cleared Friday morning of a criminal vehicular homicide charge in the death of Brenda Lois Larson, 50, according to a report on WCCO-TV. Larson, Kinghorn and his 4-year-old child were thrown from Kinghorn’s 17-foot boat on Cass Lake after he hit a wave while traveling about 25 miles per hour.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—March 16, U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., will host his sixth annual bipartisan competition to determine which member of the Minnesota Congressional Delegation makes the best hotdish casserole. He is scheduled to be joined by the rest of the Minnesota delegation, including Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Reps. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., Betty McCollum, D-Minn., John Kline, R-Minn., Keith Ellison, D-Minn., Tim Walz, D-Minn., Rick Nolan, D-Minn., Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., and Tom Emmer, R-Minn.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation is installing LED lights on highway around the state in an effort to save money. The project involves converting more than 28,500 roadway lights from traditional high-pressure sodium to LED (light emitting diode) technology.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans' health-care costs increased slower in 2013 than in most previous years, the Minnesota Health Department reports. Spending increased 3.1 percent in 2013, the latest year for which the department has figures, reaching $40.9 billion. That growth rate is the fourth-lowest recorded in Minnesota (2011 and 2010 both had growth rates of 1.7 percent).