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WATKINS, Minn. -- A 54-year-old rural Watkins man was killed Wednesday, Aug. 1, when a jack slipped out from under a semitruck he was working on and pinning him. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Joseph Edward Pauly was using a hydraulic bottle jack to work on a tire when it slipped in Luxemburg Township, about three miles northwest of Watkins. Family members discovered the accident and called for help at 5:07 p.m. Watkins is about 25 miles southwest of St. Cloud.
VIRGINIA, Minn. -- A 75-year-old Iron woman told police she was in her living room watching television Sunday night, July 29, when she heard a noise from the other room. Getting up to investigate, she found a young woman she did not know standing in her bedroom. “Who are you?” the resident asked. “I am your worst (expletive) nightmare,” the invader allegedly replied before punching the woman in the face.
ST. PAUL — Taco runs and ventilating your car are no excuse for speeding, state regulators say, but law enforcement officials report those are among the reasons for blowing past speed limit signs during Minnesota’s latest speeding campaign. From July 6-22, speeders were issued 14,661 citations for unsafe speeds across the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. That figure is down from 16,580 in the 2017 speed enforcement campaign, but above the previous five-year average of 16,109.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – A 60-year-old man has died from injuries he suffered when the motorcycle he was driving crashed over the weekend near Fergus Falls. According to a report released by the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office: The crash happened about 4:45 p.m. Saturday, July 29, on County Highway 111 when the motorcycle failed to negotiate a turn.
ST. PAUL -- A 3-year-old miniature horse in Pine City in east-central Minnesota was confirmed to have West Nile Virus on July 27, which marks the first equine case in the state in 2018, the Minnesota Department of Health said in a news release Wednesday, Aug. 1.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. -- An 84-year-old Little Falls man died after he fell off a tractor and was run over by it. The fatality occurred Monday, July 30, at a home 2 miles north of Little Falls in central Minnesota.
AVON, Minn. -- A central Minnesota pastor faces third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges as authorities are investigating his relationship with a parishioner he was counseling.
WILLMAR, Minn. – Four central Minnesota professors have found a way to help their students spend a little less – they’ve written a free textbook. Keith Green, Beverly Knudsen, Ruth Fairchild and Darcy Lease Gubrud of Ridgewater College in Willmar received a grant from the Minnesota State Office of Educational Innovation to write their Introduction to Communication textbook, which is now available free online.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota governor candidate state Rep. Erin Murphy suggests using money collected from online sales to be used to expand the state's high-speed internet broadband network. The Democrat said that should provide more than $100 million a year for broadband. State officials expect $132 million to $206 million annually from new sales tax collections. The U.S. Supreme Court last month ruled that businesses not inside the state still must pay sales tax.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota will require businesses to begin collecting taxes on most online sales Oct. 1. The Revenue Department announced Wednesday, July 25, the date it will enforce existing state law. The decision came after a June 21 U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a South Dakota case that states can require businesses not located with their boundaries to collect the tax. Before the ruling, often only businesses within states were forced to pay sales taxes, although some online firms did collect them.