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CROOKSTON -- Court documents filed last month against a Grand Forks man detail his and others’ alleged involvement in trafficking cocaine in northwest Minnesota.
DULUTH, MINN. -- A 43-year-old Wadena man was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl when she was 7 or 8 years old. Shane Anthony Spicer, 43, was convicted Wednesday on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct after the jury deliberated for about six hours, according to the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office. The maximum sentence for first-degree criminal sexual conduct is 12 years in prison.
SUPERIOR, Wis. -- Enbridge announced late Thursday the company will withdraw its applications with Minnesota regulators for the Sandpiper Pipeline and delay the project for at least five years. The company said the pipeline should be delayed until North Dakota oil production recovers sufficiently to support the need for the pipeline.
NORTHWOOD, N.D. -- A sex offender who lived in Northwood will spend a year behind bars for exposing himself and having sexual contact with a dog. Reuben John Pfau, 74, pleaded guilty Dec. 31 in Grand Forks County District Court to indecent exposure, a Class C felony, and a deviate sexual act, a Class A misdemeanor. On Wednesday, Judge Donald Hager sentenced him to five years in prison, but three years were suspended.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- Repeatedly yelling racial slurs, threatening to blow up a bar and threatening to kill and eat the families of police officers were the alleged actions that landed a Brainerd man in jail Monday. John Christian Neville, 34, is facing four felonies and misdemeanor after officers were called to respond to a fight outside the Iron Rail, 707 Laurel St.
HIBBING, Minn. -- The pilot of a small plane sustained injuries when his plane crashed while landing at the Range Regional Airport in Hibbing Wednesday. The Hibbing Fire Department reported that the pilot was airlifted to Duluth for injuries he sustained in the crash, which occurred shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday. The pilot, who hasn’t been identified, was the sole occupant of the plane, according to the fire department.
BISMARCK – One woman was arrested and two additional arrests were possible Wednesday morning, Aug. 31, after protesters descended on a construction site for the Dakota Access Pipeline project in North Dakota, with two men binding themselves to construction equipment, authorities said. Much of the incident unfolded live on Facebook as someone streamed video from the site, with more than 13,000 people watching online at one point.
BECKER COUNTY, Minn. - A helicopter clipped a power line on the north side of Pelican Lake, downing the line and causing a grass fire that took about an hour to extinguish, Audubon Fire Chief Chris Wiedenmeyer said Tuesday, Aug. 30. The helicopter was spraying potato fields by County Highway 20 near the Becker and Otter Tail County line when it hit the power line. When the line hit the ground, it started a grass fire that grew to about an acre, Wiedenmeyer said.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota health officials remind parents to make sure teenagers are up to date on their immunizations as they head back to school. Teenagers need certain vaccines because some of the vaccines they received in childhood wear off and they are exposed to new diseases as they get older, officials said.
WILLMAR, Minn. —The Kandi Racing Association will pay at least $2,000 for conducting an illegal fireworks display last summer that left a volunteer firefighter severely injured. Association president Jason McCoy appeared on behalf of the group at Tuesday's hearing in Kandiyohi County District Court, and asserted a guilty plea to one gross misdemeanor charge: conducting a fireworks display without a certified operator.