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ST. PAUL — Mayor Chris Coleman of St. Paul is running for Minnesota governor. He filed paperwork on Tuesday, Dec. 13, to run in the 2018 election in what is expected to be a crowded Democratic field. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has said he will not seek a third term. In the past couple of years, Coleman has traveled the state, getting to know rural residents whose support will be needed for any governor candidate to win.
CHANHASSEN, Minn. — Tim Dorway, principal of Chanhassen High School, was arrested Tuesday morning, Dec. 13, on suspicion of possessing child pornography, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said. A BCA release said Doway, 44, was arrested after agents with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed search warrants at Dorway’s home and school. Charges have yet to be filed against Dorway, and the investigation remains active, the release said.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A Minneapolis man could spend 30 years behind bars after being charged with raping a woman on bus bound for Grand Forks Friday afternoon.
DULUTH, Minn. -- A 72-year-old Duluth man died of his injuries sustained in a vehicle-pedestrian crash Saturday afternoon in Duluth. Eugene Lloyd Thompson was struck by a vehicle driven by 75-year-old Laverne Walter Bail, also of Duluth, near the corner of Maple Grove Road and Mall Drive shortly after 1 p.m., Duluth police said.
CROOKSTON -- A 37-year-old Polk County man was arrested after a woman told authorities Friday evening she had been held against her will and assaulted for about 11 hours. The Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to the domestic assault report at 5:57 p.m. Friday in rural Warren, Minn., The unidentified woman was taken to Altru Hospital for her non life-threatening injuries.
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. -- Police do not suspect foul play in the case of a man who was found dead in his home Thursday in Brooklyn Park with a television lying on him. Brooklyn Park Deputy Police Chief Mark Bruley said police found the 41-year-old man early Thursday afternoon in his home on the 8400 block of Yates Avenue North. Bruley said the man apparently had been lying there for several hours and there were no witnesses to what happened.
FOSSTON, Minn. -- A Minnesota State Patrol squad car was hit by a truck that tried to run away after the crash Thursday in Polk County. The State Patrol says one of its cars was heading west on Polk County Road 1 near Fosston, when a truck didn't yield to the squad car around 12:30 p.m. The truck hit the car, causing both vehicles to hit the ditch. The truck then drove off. Authorities eventually found the driver, Michael Finn, 25, of Winger, Minn. He had no injuries.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Five children escaped from a burning townhome in Alexandria early Friday and firefighters were able to rescue their mother, who was flown to a Twin Cities hospital. According to a news release, the Alexandra Police Department and the Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched to the 400 block of Unumb Drive about 3:23 a.m.
HIBBING, Minn. — Bob Dylan, Minnesota’s native son, will be celebrated on the Iron Range on Saturday. To honor Dylan’s achievements, Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to proclaim it “Bob Dylan Day” during a free event at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Hibbing High School auditorium. The Nobel award ceremony is Saturday in Stockholm, though Dylan said last month that he would miss the event “due to pre-existing commitments.”
WILLMAR, Minn. – A pregnant Willmar woman was repeatedly stalked, forced into a vehicle, assaulted and choked with a scarf until she passed out by a man against whom she has a two-year court order for protection, court documents indicate. Kandiyohi County authorities charged 28-year-old Erik Ozornia, formerly of Willmar, with 16 felonies Tuesday in three different cases. The charges include kidnapping, stalking, second-degree assault, domestic assault by strangulation and threats of violence.