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CROOKSTON, Minn. -- Polk County District Judge Tamara Yon handed down a 14-year prison term Monday to a Bismarck man convicted of sexually assaulting his young relative. Duane Todd Fettig, 44, pleaded guilty on Monday in Polk County District Court to a count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. – At least one person injured in a collision between a school bus and another vehicle was reported about 7 a.m. Monday morning along Highway 212 east of Granite Falls in west-central Minnesota. Children from the Tri-Valley Opportunity School were on board the bus at the time of the accident. None of the children were seriously injured, according to a Chippewa County sheriff’s deputy at the accident scene.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- About 100 Wal-Mart employees and patrons evacuated the south Grand Forks store late Sunday after a threat of a gunman. Grand Forks police and sheriff’s officers blocked off access to the Wal-Mart at 2551 32nd Ave. S. shortly before 9 p.m. It is the same store that saw a fatal shooting in late May.
A severe storm whipped through the Brainerd lakes area felling countless trees, tearing away docks and damaging homes. An overcast and hot day with a high of 87 degrees gave way to a swirling wind capable of whiplashing trees, snapping giant pines and uprooting others. Some highways were impassable. As the storm was ending, the sun was setting, leaving the extent of the damage hidden in darkness. Power lines were tangled in trees cutting off access to entire neighborhoods north of Brainerd.
Patrick Springer Forum News Service MOORHEAD — The death Thursday of a teenage swimmer gives Minnesotans a grim reminder that a common freshwater parasite can on rare occasions strike with lethal effect when it invades a victim’s brain and causes severe swelling. The parasite, a form of amoeba, was confirmed as the cause of death of two Minnesota children, one in 2010 and another in 2012, and is suspected to be the culprit in the case of a 14-year-old Alexandria boy whose fatal illness came after swimming in Lake Minnewaska in the town of Glenwood in Pope County. The microscopic organism,
VIRGINIA., Minn. — A Hibbing man has been sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison for causing the death of a 2-year-old child in 2012 -- a case that was stalled for nearly a year until a Facebook campaign began. Russell Shannon Johnson, 27, received a 117-month prison sentence, the maximum guideline term, at his sentencing Thursday morning in State District Court in Virginia.
ST. PAUL -- Nearly one-fourth of the farms struck by the highly pathogenic avian influenza now have agreements in place to restock, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. It reported Thursday that 25 farms have restocking agreements in place. They include two farms in Kandiyohi County, seven in Stearns, five in Meeker and one in Lac qui Parle.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Authorities identified the body pulled from the Red River Tuesday evening as a 52-year-old Fargo woman, Moorhead Police Lt. Tory Jacobson said Thursday. Cynthia Nyflot was last seen about 10 a.m. Sunday and was reported missing to the Fargo Police Department. A kayaker reported spotting Nyflot's body about 6:20 p.m. Tuesday near Memorial Park in Moorhead.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- The teen who contracted a brain infection from an amoeba after swimming in a Minnesota lake has died. Hunter Boutain, 14, was being treated at University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis after developing the infection after swimming recently in Lake Minnewaska in Pope County.
Two groups filed a legal petition Thursday seeking federal Endangered Species Act protection for moose in the Midwest. The Center for Biological Diversity and Honor the Earth noted the sharp drop in Minnesota's moose population in recent years. “If we don’t protect them, moose could be lost forever from the North Woods,” said Collette Adkins of the Center for Biological Diversity. “Growing up in Minnesota, I loved seeing moose during family vacations up north.