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ODANAH, Wis. -- The pilot of an Enbridge Energy helicopter died in a crash Monday night, Oct. 29, near Odanah in far northern Wisconsin. Ashland County received notice of an overdue flight at approximately 8:15 p.m. The helicopter was en route from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to Duluth — which is about 80 miles to the west.
CHISHOLM, Minn. -- A Chisholm city councilor was sentenced Monday in District Court in Hibbing following his conviction this summer on a gross misdemeanor charge related to a groping claim. Kevin R. Scaia, 51, was sentenced to two years of supervised probation and 30 days of jail or 60 days of community-related service.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — A Fargo man has been accused of sexually assaulting two young children in East Grand Forks. Corey Nathan Kuenzli, 35, had his first appearance Friday in Polk County District Court, where he is charged with three felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Each charge is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
WILLMAR, Minn. — A Willmar man who was convicted this spring of swindling $89,000 from a Willmar golf course where he worked at the time faces new charges in Benton County for allegedly forging two sizable checks last year from a golf course near Brainerd where he had worked. Phillip Andrew Sam, 33, made his first court appearance Monday, Oct. 26, on two felony charges of check forgery and offering forged checks. There was no bail set and he was released following the court appearance.
RAYMOND, Minn. – The driver of a semi hauling sugar beets died Monday evening, Oct. 22, in collision with a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train near Raymond in west-central Minnesota.. Daniel Roy Schmidt, 79, was pulling a trailer with the sugar beets traveling south on the Kandi-Chippewa Line near U.S. Highway 23, according to a news release from the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office. The truck was struck by the train shortly after 6 p.m.
ST. PAUL -- More than 300 people have died on Minnesota roads so far this year, an increase over 2017 figures by Oct. 22, preliminary numbers released Monday by the state said. The Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety reported 302 deaths, which includes 195 vehicle occupants and 58 motorcyclists. Last year, traffic deaths in the state did not reach 300 until Oct. 31. Twenty-nine pedestrian deaths have been reported, matching 2017 figures to date, the DPS said.
BECKER, Minn. — A Minnesota man was killed after being struck by a vehicle Friday night, Oct. 19, in Becker. Francis Laverne Pittman, 66 of Big Lake, Minn., was killed after he was struck by a 1997 Honda Accord driven by Anastasia Rae Mattson, 23, of Brainerd, Minn. The crash occurred on Highway 10 in Becker around 7:30 p.m. Friday, according to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol.
OLIVIA, Minn. -- One person was killed in a head-on crash at 10:35 a.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 71 in Renville County in central Minnesota, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. The identity of the victim and others involved in the accident will be released Saturday morning.
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota District Court Judge Gregory Anderson issued a temporary restraining order and injunction Friday, Oct. 19, against Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening in a class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota on an issue of jailing immigrants, an ACLU press release states
DULUTH, Minn.—Last week's storm caused $18.4 million in damage along Lake Superior, according to Duluth city officials. Now the city is seeking emergency aid from both the Minnesota Homeland Security Emergency Management department and Federal Emergency Management Agency. Wind gusts of 50 mph swept across the northeast Minnesota on Oct. 10 as the strong fall storm brought large waves and flooding along Lake Superior's shore, battering the Lakewalk trail system in Duluth.