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TOFTE, Minn. -- One person is dead and another is in custody after a shooting in the North Shore community of Tofte early Wednesday. The Cook County Sheriff's Office said there is no threat to public safety, but did not immediately release any other details. The sheriff's office said it is investigating the shooting with the assistance of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Tofte is about 80 miles northeast of Duluth.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – A former Moorhead High School hockey standout and junior league hockey draftee pleaded guilty Monday in Cass County District Court to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. Jacob Dittmer, who was 18 at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty to one count of felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
MERRIFIELD, Minn. -- A 49-year-old Minnesota man has died after a snowmobile crash Friday in Merrifield, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office reported. The sheriff's office reported Richard Rathman of Merrifield was riding a snowmobile on his property on Half Moon Drive about 1:30 p.m. Friday when he lost control and hit a tree. Rathman was not wearing a helmet. He was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale where he later died, the sheriff's office said.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A 40-year-old Zimmerman man who was using so much computer power that he and his parents were using the heat from the computers to warm their home in one of the coldest winters in recent Minnesota history has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for distribution and possession of child pornography.
ST. PAUL – Minnesota has surpassed last year’s traffic fatality count. Wiith a month to go in the year, preliminary numbers from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety show 365 people have died so far on Minnesota roads compared with 361 for all of last year.
SQUAW LAKE, Minn. -- Authorities in Itasca County on Tuesday identified a teenager who died after what was reported as an accidental shooting on Sunday morning.
STARBUCK, Minn. -- The man who was last seen with University of Minnesota-Morris student Laura Schwendemann of Starbuck will be charged with gross misdemeanor charges for concealing the location of her body, which was found in a Douglas County cornfield near Alexandria on Oct. 26, 12 days after she was reported missing. Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson said the man, identified as 21-year-old Nickolas McArdell of Starbuck, will not be prosecuted for causing Schwendemann's death because the evidence doesn’t support it.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota poultry farmers may again show their birds.
WOODBURY, Minn. -- Thieves used tear gas to escape a Victoria's Secret store Thanksgiving Day, forcing an evacuation of the store.
WILLMAR, Minn. — A former Willmar Senior High School teacher will serve three years in prison for his criminal conviction stemming from a sexual relationship with a female student from 2010 to 2012. Chad Jeffrey Akerson, 35, of Willmar, also must register as a sex offender and will serve 10 years of conditional release after his prison term.