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A Hibbing priest has been arrested on charges that he had sex with a minor. The Rev. Brian Lederer, 29, a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth, was arrested in Hibbing on Tuesday as a result of allegations of sexual misconduct, according to a news release from the diocese office. Lederer was in the St. Louis County Jail in Duluth on Wednesday on preliminary charges of second-degree felony criminal sexual conduct with a person between ages 13 and 15 by a person of authority.
HEIMDAL, N.D. -- The small North Dakota community of Heimdal and surrounding farmsteads were evacuated after an oil tanker train derailed Wednesday morning. The BNSF Railway oil tanker train derailed about 7:30 a.m. about a mile and half east of Heimdal.
DULUTH, Minn.—Early Wednesday morning, as Duluthians went to work, they saw a bear 50 or 60 feet up in a tree in the front yard of Duluth’s City Hall. Then, at about 1:40 p.m., he — or she — decided it was time to scramble down the tree and take a little ramble.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Authorities are asking for the public's help in locating a St. Louis County Sheriff's Office squad car stolen Monday night while it was parked on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus. The black, unmarked car is a 2013 Chevrolet Impala with Minnesota license plate number 301 LVL.
FARIBAULT, Minn. -- Jennie-O Turkey Store has temporarily laid off 223 employees at its plan in Faribault, the result of the impact of highly pathogenic avian influenza. According to a news release from Jennie-O, the avian flu outbreak has reduced the number of birds in the supply chain. The plan will move to a single processing shift for the foreseeable future, effective May 26, according to the release.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota State Fair has announced three more grandstand acts for the 2015 event. Added to the schedule were Patti LaBelle along with the Commodores on Sept. 2, Lynyrd Skynyrd on Sept. 3 and A Prairie Home Companion Show with Garrison Keillor on Sept 4.
COSMOS, Minn. -- A 49-year-old central Minnesota man has died of injuries sustained in an accident Monday evening southeast of Cosmos in Cedar Mills Township
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office determined the death of a 15-year-old Minneapolis boy was homicide, but authorities say there was no intent to kill by the boy who pulled the trigger, the victim’s brother.
MENTOR, Minn. -- Officers in Polk County are searching for a suspect in the theft late last week of a pickup, flatbed trailer and Polaris Ranger reported stolen late last week from a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources office near Mentor, Minn. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has identified a suspect, Thomas Staff Jr., 26, Crookston, who is wanted for questioning in the case.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- A Fargo man is accused of assaulting a Detroit Lakes police officer Monday evening. Police Chief Tim Eggebraaten said officers were investigating a stalking case and had handcuffed a suspect. While officers were doing a pat-down, the suspect managed to slip out of the handcuffs, then started fighting with officer Joseph Sternhagen.