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DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A Detroit Lakes man was sentenced to 153 months, or nearly 13 years in prison, for felony first-degree drug possession. Shane Thomas Wood, 44, was arrested after agents working with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force met with a confidential informant who told police Wood planned to visit the St. Cloud area to purchase a large amount of meth to bring back to Becker County.
DULUTH, Minn. -- The Duluth Police Department said Friday that human remains found on Park Point Monday afternoon are believed to be Roger Wayne Swanson, a 53-year-old Duluth man missing since August. Police said a passerby discovered the remains in the 4800 block of Minnesota Avenue and notified police. The investigation is ongoing, but police say they believe Swanson's death is not suspicious.
LAKE ELMO, Minn. -- The Washington County Sheriff’s Office caught a 57-year-old convicted rapist soliciting sex from a 14-year-old, according to a court complaint released Thursday.
MADISON, Minn.– A 61-year-old Dawson man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl has been acquitted on two felony counts. A Lac qui Parle County jury found Garry Lee Ochsendorf not guilty of both felony counts of second- and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. When reached for comment this week, Ochsendorf’s attorney, Jeremy Blackwelder, had no comment, other than to say the verdict turned out how he had expected it to.
ST. PAUL -- A St. Paul police dog found nearly nine pounds of methamphetamine buried beneath some flowers on the property of a St. Paul home. Two people were charged Tuesday with possessing the drugs and the intent to sell them.
HOPKINS, Minn. -- A cooling tower on a beverage and juice maker's plant has been identified as the likely source of Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that killed one person and made 23 others sick. State Health Department officials announced on Wednesday, Oct. 12, that cooling towers at Citrus Systems in Hopkins tested positive for the strain of Legionella bacteria that made people in the area sick. The discovery was made on Sept.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn—An 89-year-old who had gone missing from an Otter Tail County cabin about two weeks ago was found dead on Wednesday, Oct. 12, authorities say. Thomas Allstopp was reported missing by relatives on Sept. 29 after a relative went to Allstopp's cabin on Spitzer Lake and couldn't find him. The same relative spoke on the phone with Allstopp about noon the previous day.
MAYVILLE, N.D. -- A Mayville, N.D., man was killed this weekend in Marshall County in northwest Minnesota when a trench he was working in collapsed. Benjamin Bartle, 28, was working in a trench Saturday near Alvarado, Minn., when one side of the hole collapsed, causing him to be crushed up against the other side and buried up to his head in dirt, according to Marshall County Sheriff Jason Boman.
GRAFTON, N.D. -- A Grafton woman will spend about 2½ years in prison after investigators accused her of locking young children in dog kennels to punish them. Judge Lee Christofferson on Friday sentenced Jordan McKay Nelson, 24, in Walsh County District Court to five years in prison, half of which she must serve, on four counts of child neglect or abuse. She entered an Alford plea, meaning she does not admit to the charges but agrees prosecutors have enough evidence to convict her in court.