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WORTHINGTON — A Worthington nurse who worked for the Avera Clinic in this southwestern Minnesota city pleaded guilty Tuesday to obtaining a prescription pad while he worked there and writing prescriptions. As part of the plea agreement, Paul David Dittmer pleaded guilty to six charges in Nobles County District Court. Three of the charges were aggravated forgery, and three were for fifth-degree possession of Percocet and Hydrocodone. Under oath, Dittmer confessed that he signed the name of the physician’s assistant he worked for on the pad and had the prescriptions filled.
PEQUOT LAKES — A 44-year-old Wadena man who thought he would spend New Year's Eve having sex with a 13-year-old Jenkins girl now faces a felony for soliciting a child.
BLOOMINGTON — Eleven Minnesota highway projects, ranging from a short stretch of road to a new dairy farm to a major new interchange, will share in $32 million of grants. The Minnesota Department of Transportation and Department of Employment and Economic Development Tuesday provided the funds to help economic development.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- Police in Crookston have identified and interviewed, but have not arrested, people believed to have been involved in a Christmas Day assault at a Crookston bar that killed an East Grand Forks man. John Henry Torres, 36, died Friday at Altru Hospital from a head injury. An autopsy has been performed. However, preliminary results are not yet available, according to a news release from the Crookston Police Department.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – Officials of Globe University have announced plans to close its Moorhead campus at the end of next year or early in 2017. The college, formerly known here as the Minnesota School of Business, announced in an email to students and staff Tuesday that the college would no longer enroll new students and that the campus would close once current students have had the opportunity to complete their programs.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — In a recent effort to ensure compliance with Minnesota alcohol and gambling laws, agents from the Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division, along with the Gambling Control Board, conducted random checks of 39 bars around the state during a two-month period.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- For the second time in 10 years, a Detroit Lakes woman has been found guilty of embezzlement. Late last month, Stephanie Jo Disse, 45, was sentenced for stealing about $143,000 from her employer in Becker County district court. She was sentenced on one felony count of theft or diversion of corporate property. Six other felony counts were dismissed in a plea agreement.
HIBBING, Minn. -- An Iron Range man faces up to 15 years in prison for allegedly robbing a Hibbing bank inside Wal-Mart and threatening to shoot an employee last week. Johnathan Charles Firebaugh, 33, was charged this week with second-degree aggravated robbery; he also faces additional drug charges. He is being held at the St. Louis County Jail on $100,000 bail after appearing in court Tuesday; he has another court hearing scheduled for today (Thursday.)
ST. PAUL -- If you named your child Olivia or Jackson in Minnesota this past year you picked the top choice of parents. As of Dec. 24. the Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Vital Records said the top 5 girls’ names selected were Olivia, Emma, Evelyn, Ava with a tie for fifth between Nora and Charlotte. For boys, the top five were Jackson, Henry, Liam, Oliver and William.
MINOT, N.D. -- A couple has been arrested for leaving a 5-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy in a vehicle while they were drinking in a Minot bar, police charge.