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GRAND MARAIS — A 22-year-old Grand Marais man was killed in a snowmobile crash on New Year’s Eve. Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen said Wayne Gunnar Anderson was snowmobiling with a friend about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday on County Road 8 just north of Grand Marais when he became separated from his machine and was struck by his friend’s machine.
The biggest headlines left Minnesotans stunned in 2016, with three stories clearly standing alone as the most shocking. But politics, new stadiums, health care and a drug epidemic also made their mark statewide. These are the top 10 stories compiled by Forum News Service and ranked by editors across the state.
ST. PAUL—Just weeks after chronic wasting disease was found in three wild deer in southeast Minnesota, the fatal brain disease has been identified in a farmed deer herd in Crow Wing County near Merrifield, Minn., the Minnesota Department of Animal Health reported Friday. The herd of 33 mule deer and 100 white-tailed deer is registered with the Board of Animal Health. Two, 2-year-old female deer were slaughtered on the farm, and both tested positive for CWD, the board said. The deer showed no clinical signs of illness.
WAHPETON, N.D. – The suspect in a Breckenridge shooting Thursday, Dec. 29, was arrested Friday afternoon, Dec. 30, in Wahpeton, N.D. Several agencies involved in Friday’s daylong manhunt for 27-year-old Matthew David Allard, of Breckenridge, found him about 3 p.m. at a mobile home in south Wahpeton, said Wahpeton Police Chief Scott Thorsteinson.
A Level 3 predatory sex offender will be living in the rural Erskine, Minn., area, according to a statement by the Polk County Sheriff's Office Thursday. According to the state Department of Corrections, Lonny Jerome Cote, 61, has a registered address of U.S. Highway 59 Southeast in the Erskine area. He has a history of sexual contact with female victims between the ages of 4 and 14.
SPICER, Minn. – Trifecta Deals, who sells hoverboards across the country, is being sued by Kris and Joel Paffrath of Spicer. The couple believe the company sold them a defective hoverboard in May 2016, which was the cause of a fire at their Spicer home in July 2016. The fire killed the family’s four dogs, injured Kris Paffrath and caused over $50,000 in damages to the home.
DALTON, Minn. — The Red River Valley Regional Bomb Squad is disposing of about 25 sticks of dynamite Friday, Dec. 30, found at a rural residence along the Otter Tail and Grant county line, an Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office spokesman said. The dynamite was discovered about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, in a shed near the home in the 28,000 Block of 100th Street, Lt. Keith Van Dyke said.
MANDAN — Five Dakota Access Pipeline protesters were arrested Tuesday, Dec. 27, during a day that included a SWAT team responded to trespassing reports near the pipeline route. In a news release, the Morton County Sheriff's Office said protesters gathered several times on the Backwater Bridge on Tuesday afternoon. Eventually, some protesters tampered with barricades before crossing the bridge, which previously pipeline opponents agreed to stay off.
GRAND FORKS — Child pornography charges against a former UND aviation professor have been transferred from state to federal court. Eric Hewitt Basile, 37, was charged with eight Class C felony counts of possession of certain materials prohibited in Grand Forks District Court on Sept. 8 after a UND administration request for a computer search revealed multiple images of children between 1 and 3 years old being sexually assaulted.
PERHAM -- Four people were injured in two separate rollovers, one in Otter Tail County and one in Becker County, on Tuesday, Dec. 27. The first rollover happened about 4:06 p.m. on Highway 10 west of Perham, according to the Minnesota State Patrol, which responded to both crashes.