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MOORHEAD, Minn. – A convicted felon was sentenced Monday to 13 years in prison for shooting at a man in a mobile home park here in April 2011. Clay County District Court Judge Galen Vaa sentenced Geraldo Torres to 13 years for second-degree attempted murder, crediting him 258 days for time already served. Torres, 24, pleaded guilty to the charges July 31, when he told the court he was trying to defend himself when a man followed him back to the mobile home park after a physical altercation.
DULUTH -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited the Lake Superior Zoo for inadequate shelter for its farm animals at the West Duluth facility. The zoo has since satisfied the USDA’s demand that the zoo provide adequate shelter at its farm animal exhibit. Six sheep and four goats died at the zoo during the June flooding that devastated the region. The routine inspection by the USDA on Aug. 28 found that a “lack of adequate shelter does not ensure the health, well-being and/or comfort of the animals.”
DULUTH — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited the Lake Superior Zoo for inadequate shelter for its farm animals at the West Duluth facility. The zoo has since satisfied the USDA’s demand that the zoo provide adequate shelter at its farm animal exhibit. Six sheep and four goats died at the zoo during the June flooding that devastated the region. The routine inspection by the USDA on Aug. 28 found that a “lack of adequate shelter does not ensure the health, well-being and/or comfort of the animals.”
By Chuck Haga Forum Communications FERTILE, MINN. — “Billy,” the Fertile Journal reports, “was a bad buck.” But he wasn’t born that way. He apparently went bad when he was wrongfully incarcerated. The combative whitetail deer that stalked and brazenly attacked a Fertile area farmer in early August was an “escapee” from a pen on a nearby farm, where it had been held illegally the previous seven months, the Journal reported this week, citing information from another weekly newspaper, the Norman County Index.
Four Minnesota communities will vie with nearly 200 nominees from other states to be named of the Paint Quality Institute’s “Prettiest Painted Places in America.” . Here are the competition’s descriptions of the Minnesota communities: Alexandria: Surrounded by lakes and resorts and rich with historic “must see” sites, the town is replete with beautifully painted homes and buildings.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Motorists travelling on Interstate 94 between St. Cloud and the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area and will encounter delays beginning Monday when both directions of the interstate are reduced to a single lane between Highway 24 at Clearwater and County Road 75 in St. Cloud. The lane closures will occur intermittently from sunrise to sunset Mondays through Saturdays through Dec. 1. No closures are currently planned for Sundays.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Veterans and their families are invited to attend the Northern Minnesota Veterans Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Minnesota State Community and Technical College campus here. Nearly 40 of the largest and best-known employers in the northwestern and west-central regions of the state will have displays and details about open positions.
EVELETH, Minn. -- A 16-year-old girl has died from injuries suffered in a vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon in Eveleth. The Minnesota State Patrol reported that Hannah Wilson of Virginia, Minn., was driving a 1997 Plymouth Breeze west when crossing the four-lane U.S. Highway 53 about 3:30 p.m. The car was hit broadside by a northbound 2002 Mercury Mountaineer. Wilson was airlifted to Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth with critical injuries. The State Patrol reported this morning that she died from those injuries.
MOORHEAD – Clay County Attorney Brian Melton was expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday after a surgeon at Mayo Clinic successfully removed a benign tumor from his brain on Tuesday. Doctors determined last week that the pituitary tumor discovered in February needed to be removed because of its size, Melton’s wife wrote on his CaringBridge website. The surgery went “very well” with no complications, and the surgeon believes he was able to remove the entire benign tumor, the website states.
DULUTH — A man involved in a fatal bar fight is on trial for murder and manslaughter in St. Louis County. Prosecutors say Paul Welle lost his temper and punched Dale Anderson outside the Powerhouse Bar in Proctor last November. The 60-year-old Anderson fell backward and hit his head on concrete. He died three days later from a brain hemorrhage.