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ST. PAUL -- University students in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system will see their first tuition increase in three years this fall, but that will be followed by a yearlong tuition freeze, the system's board of trustees decided Wednesday afternoon. At the system's colleges, tuition will remain frozen for 2015-16 and will decrease by 1 percent the following year.
The most famous pair of missing slippers in the world still are missing. But a diver found an intriguing potential clue in an Itasca County mine pit. Last week, Itasca County Sheriff's Office volunteer divers looked for the ruby slippers that were worn by Grand Rapids native Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" and were infamously stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids almost a decade ago.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- A Minnesota girl has died a week after a dental surgery went awry. Sydney Galleger, 17, was a junior at Eden Prairie High School who went to have her wisdom teeth removed. The surgery went well until the very end, when “her blood pressure shot up and her pulse dropped and then she went into cardiac arrest,” Sydney’s mother, Diane Galleger, wrote on Sydney’s CaringBridge website.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- Three people are in custody in connection with a fire Monday night at a unit at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd, the Brainerd Police Department reported. About 7 p.m. Monday, Brainerd police and fire personnel were dispatched to a report of a fire alarm at the hospital. It was reported a bed was lit on fire and it appeared the fire was intentionally set to facilitate an escape from a locked unit at the hospital.
BISMARCK -- A North Dakota lawmaker who sent an explicit photo of himself to another man using a social media app says he has no plans to step down from his legislative seat. Rep. Randy Boehning, a 52-year-old Republican from Fargo, made his comments Tuesday as the Legislature met to pass one remaining budget bill from the 2015 session. Asked if he plans he plans to serve out the three years left in his term, Boehning said, "I certainly do."
CROMWELL, Minn. -- A man died after the car he was driving struck a horse in northeast Minnesota on Sunday night. Richard E. Godbout, 49, of Cromwell, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident near the intersection of Spirit Lake Road with Minnesota Highway 210 in Carlton County about five miles east of Cromwell. The accident was reported at 10:20 p.m.
BROWNSVILLE, Minn. — At least one person is dead, possibly three, after a tree fell on the roof of a car, smashing the windshield near Brownsville along the Mississippi River in far southeast Minnesota. A Silverado truck was heading south on Highway 26, just south of Nuemann Road near Brownsville, when a tree fell from the west side bluff as the truck was rounding a curve, said the Minnesota State Patrol.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- A man at the center of an hours-long standoff Thursday in Thief River Falls has turned himself in. Eric James Reinbold, 38, of Oklee, Minn., was arrested at the Pennington County Jail in Thief River Falls around 9 a.m. Saturday morning. He faces three charges of second degree assault, all with a penalty of up to seven years in prison, a $14,000 fine or both.
A standoff that began Thursday in Thief River Falls is over, but the suspect is still at large, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office said Friday morning. Though the subject is still at large, Sheriff Ray Kuznia said he does not believe there is any danger to the general public. “We will continue to be out searching,” Kuznia said. The incident started at approximately 10:30 a.m.
BRAINERD -- Few leads have come in for the May 31 dog attack in Lum Park in Brainerd. Jenni Galligan, Brainerd, was bitten in the arm by a bullmastiff, about 150 pounds. The dog's owner told onlookers he was going to fetch a phone but instead witnesses said he loaded up his dog and fled the scene. The attack left Galligan with 19 stitches. Police are looking for a thin white male, about 20 to 25 in age with blond hair.