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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.
ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota administrative law judge extended the time the state will receive public comments on a controversial proposal to regulate fall use of some crop fertilizers. Written comments now are due by 4:30 p.m. Aug. 15, about two weeks later than originally planned. Public hearings will wrap up next week in St. Cloud and Park Rapids.
MINOT, N.D. -- Virtually all of the United States, with the exception of Minnesota, North Dakota, and a portion of South Dakota, is expected to experience warmer than usual temperatures through October. That's the latest prognostication provided by the Climate Prediction Center.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – A former auto dealership employee accused in a fraud involving hundreds of thousands of dollars swindled from police agencies across Minnesota was ordered Thursday, July 19, to serve five years of supervised probation and 30 days in jail. Gerald Worner, the former fleet manager at Nelson Auto Center in Fergus Falls, pleaded guilty in May in Otter Tail County District Court to a felony charge of theft by swindle.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Officials in Beltrami County recovered a massive amount of stolen property July 10 after locating a vehicle in Blackduck, Minn., that had been used in a residential burglary in Koochiching County, according to a press release. Authorities obtained a search warrant for the residence of David A. Pope, 53, of Funkley, Minn., and found a large amount of stolen property that included lawn equipment, power tools, firearms and other household items that had been reported stolen during burglaries in Beltrami, Koochiching and Itasca counties.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—The semi truck driver who struck and killed a 16-year-old Vining boy a little over a year ago was found guilty Thursday, July 19, in Otter Tail County Court. A jury found Jason Vadner, 36, of Wheaton guilty of criminal vehicular homicide and misdemeanor careless driving for a head-on crash that killed Henning/Vining sophomore Jacob Quam April 13, 2017 as the teen was on his way to school.
DEERWOOD, Minn. -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed zebra mussels in Bay Lake, south of Deerwood in Crow Wing County and northwest of Mille Lacs Lake.
WILLMAR, Minn. – With the help of a drone and dog, two suspects were found in a cornfield west of Willmar on Wednesday, July 18, after they allegedly fled from a drug task force agent. A 42-year-old Willmar man was arrested. He was accompanied by a 28-year-old Granite Falls woman, authorities said.
A former legislative director for Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., was accused of multiple instances of sexual harassment, according to a MinnPost report published on Thursday, July 19.
HILLSBORO, N.D.—A Florida woman has been accused of killing an unborn child in a Traill County vehicle crash last week. Claudia Rae Grace, 75, of the Villages, Fla., was booked Wednesday, July 19, into the Traill County jail on charges of negligent homicide, a Class C felony, and aggravated reckless driving, a Class A misdemeanor. The case stems from a July 8 crash on Interstate 29 near Hillsboro, where Grace forced a vehicle with a Grand Forks couple off the road, according to a news release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.