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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.
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- A Michigan man has been arrested for climbing Mount Rushmore. Zachary Schossau, 19, of South Rockwood, Mich., was arrested by park rangers on Sunday, July 22. On Monday, he was ordered by U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollman to pay a $1,000 fine and $30 in court fees, according to a Department of Justice news release. “Please be respectful and stay off the Rushmore Memorial,” U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons said. “The terrain is hazardous, and it ends in federal court.”
HASTINGS, Minn. — The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office recovered a drowning victim in the Vermillion River near Hastings on Tuesday, July 24. The Sheriff’s Office stated in a press release that authorities began searching for Maung Ngae, 30, of St. Paul around 9 p.m. Monday. His body was recovered just before 2 a.m. early the next morning.
MINNEAPOLIS — Before U.S. Bank Stadium hosts the Final Four next spring, the University of Minnesota and several other teams from the region will play in the first basketball games at the Vikings' venue this fall. North Dakota State and South Dakota State will also be part of the first-ever men's basketball event at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. The "U.S. Bank Stadium Basketball Classic" will feature four games played, headlined by Minnesota playing Oklahoma State on Nov. 30.
HALLOCK, Minn.—A West Fargo man will avoid jail time for trying to use Craigslist to solicit a minor for sex, with plans of marrying her in Montana. Chad Brian Peterson, 40, was sentenced Monday in Kittson County District Court to 52 days in jail, which he already has served. The sentence comes after he pleaded guilty to two felony counts of electronic solicitation of children.
LUTSEN, Minn. -- The victim of a fluke accident along the North Shore near Lutsen that occurred on Monday evening has been identified. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office said Dayna Lynn Anderson, 59, of Edina, Minn., died when she was pinned under the vehicle she had been driving on Cascade Beach Road around 6:30 p.m. A passenger, Julie Anne Fasciana of St. Paul, was uninjured.
DULUTH -- Former Minnesota Duluth standout quarterback Bruce Grant, the son of legendary Minnesota Vikings coach Bud Grant, has died at the age of 57 after a battle with brain cancer. Bruce Grant, a native of Bloomington, started three years under center for the Bulldogs from 1981-83 and was named to the All-NSIC first team his senior season. He was the program's all-time leader with 3,690 passing yards and 3,887 total offensive yards when he graduated.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Denny Sanford will receive the 2018 Pontifical Key Philanthropy Award by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture and the Cura Foundation. Sanford’s “historic generosity, vision and determination to address some of the world’s most urgent health care challenges make him uniquely deserving of this prestigious award,” a statement from Sanford Health said. Delegates from Vatican City traveled to Sioux Falls to give the award and celebrate Sanford’s extraordinary philanthropy and transformative impact as part of the Unite To Cure Movement.
CROSBY, Minn.—A 13-year-old boy who died of an apparent drowning in a north-central Minnesota mine pit lake was identified by authorities on Monday, July 23, as Murdoch Edward Crust of Minneapolis. Crust was reportedly attempting to retrieve a Frisbee on Friday evening when he was swept away in the current of the inlet of Serpent Creek. The boy was staying with family—including relatives local to the Brainerd lakes area—at a cabin at True North Base Camp.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson joined several other states Monday, July 23, in a brief to stop the cancellation of the Deferred Action of Early Childhood Arrivals program. DACA protects 800,000 young Dreamers who were brought to the U.S. as small children from being deported, a statement from Swanson’s office said. The brief was filed in Texas v. the United States in the District Court for the Southern District of Texas.