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ST. PAUL -- A couple wanted in Minnesota for sex trafficking has been arrested in the Chicago area and appeared in U.S. District Court in northern Illinois Wednesday. Minnesota U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said Phillip Dwayne Lloyd, 43, and Raquel Belcher, 29, were indicted last month for trafficking three teenage girls for commercial sex in the Twin Cities area.
FOREST, Wis. -- A bald eagle found dead earlier this spring in St. Croix County near Forest was killed by a bullet, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The confirmation was made by the Madison-based Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, the DNR said in a news release. After being alerted by a citizen, DNR conservation warden Isaac Kruse found the eagle atop a pile of brush in a pool of blood, according to the release.
An Iron Range man won't have to pay for the damage he caused when he sawed a neighbor's garage in half in April 2013 because half of the garage was indeed on the man's property. That is the ruling by State District Judge Lois Lang in Grand Rapids in a civil case filed by Mark Besemann of Iron. Besemann bought a home in rural Nashwauk Township in April 2013 and found himself in the middle of a family dispute between Roger Weber, of rural Nashwauk, and Weber's sister, who had inherited the house Besemann later purchased. The house Besemann purchased had been owned and lived
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A Crookston man stands accused of raping a woman while she was unconscious. Matthew James Storbakken, 33, was charged in Minnesota 9th District Court in Crookston with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, both felonies.
A preliminary toxicology report released today shows the gunman in last week’s fatal shooting at a Grand Forks Wal-Mart was more than twice the legal limit for drunken driving. Marcell Travon Willis had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.19 percent, well above the legal threshold of 0.08 percent to legally drive. He had arrived at Wal-Mart, 2551 32nd Ave. S., in a car and went into the store shortly after 1 a.m.
AITKIN, Minn. -- A 14-year-old boy shot in the neck and jaw area Sunday was shot accidentally by his father, the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office reported. The sheriff's office said Dawson Vanportfliet was shot while his father, Dennis Vanportfliet, 37, was handling his .40 caliber Sig Sauer pistol.
HASTINGS, Minn. -- A 45-year-old Hastings man is charged with attempted murder after a stabbing incident about 2:45 a.m. Saturday. Phillip Joseph Rivera was charged Tuesday with attempted murder in the second degree, first degree assault and second degree assault.
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- A nurse's aide at a senior living center here is accused of ripping the pain patches off the bodies of some of her incapacitated charges and using them for herself, according to charges filed against her. Court documents filed Friday in Clay County District Court say Sherrie Lynn Walker, 56, of Fargo, admitted to a Moorhead detective last fall that she took patches off three of her patients at Eventide Senior Living Community on multiple occasions.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation expects a three-year project installing signs to mark the 800-mile Mississippi River Trail in Minnesota to finish by July. The MnDOT crews and contractors will install 640 signs from the Twin Cities to Itasca.
Longtime Digi-Key President and CEO Mark Larson will transition onto the Thief River Falls-based company's board, where he will serve as a company advisor, Digi-Key announced Monday. Digi-Key Executive Vice President of Operations Dave Doherty will take over Larson's position. When Larson joined Digi-Key in 1976, it had 14 employees and $800,000 in annual revenue. Today it has 3,400 employees around the globe and $1.76 billion in annual revenue. Digi-Key is a electronic components distributor.