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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.
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- A California man who intended to take an underage Minnesota girl to California to engage in illegal sexual activity has been sentenced to spend almost 25 years in prison. Thomas Lee Richard, 50, of Eureka was caught after the girl got help from passersby while her and Richard were stopped at a tourist attraction along Interstate 90 in Midland in western South Dakota. Thus, he was charged in South Dakota.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- The Polk County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday identified the woman who died in a two-vehicle crash about 19 miles north of Grand Forks on Sunday. The victim is Doris Mary Vasek, 84, of Warren, Minn. Authorities say she was northbound on 420th Avenue Northwest in a Chevrolet Traverse when she was broadsided at the intersection of County Road 23 by a Ford Taurus driven by John William Johnson, 72. Johnson also was injured in the crash. He was taken to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.
A 75-year-old Brainerd man was injured after the minivan he was driving Sunday night struck a large round hay bale in the lane of traffic on Crow Wing County Highway 3, northeast of Brainerd. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office received a report at 9 p.m. Sunday of a one-vehicle crash that occurred near The Woods restaurant. Upon arrival, deputies discovered a minivan had struck a large round hay bale that was in the lane of traffic.
ST. PAUL — Allina Health and the Minnesota Nurses Association reached a tentative agreement late Monday, Oct. 10, to settle outstanding contract issues between the two groups. The deal, after a 17-hour negotiating session on Monday, settles the outstanding issues between the two groups. Union members are expected to vote on the contract Thursday, with a unanimous endorsement by MNA.