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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).
ST. PAUL – Legislation to drop political designations from legislative candidates awaits its second Minnesota House committee hearing. Rep. Jim Knoblach, R-St. Cloud, proposes the change to reduce partisanship. Sen. Roger Reinert, D-Duluth, authored the Senate version of the bill. "After being gone for a decade and then returning, I see the Legislature more partisan than ever," Knoblach said. "This change would help break the gridlock and lead to a better Minnesota."
IRON, Minn. — An Iron Range man was sentenced Thursday to more than 33 years in prison for possessing and producing child pornography. The U.S. Attorney's Office for Minnesota announced that Sean Penoncello, 42, of Iron received a sentence of 33⅓ years in prison and 10 years of supervised release after being found guilty in federal court last fall on two counts of producing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography.