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FARGO – With a bloody shirt linking a man to the homicide of a Fargo woman, prosecutors have charged him with sexually assaulting and murdering her in May. The charges were filed Thursday, June 30, in Cass County District Court against 22-year-old Landon Lauwagie in connection with the death of 40-year-old Cory Terlecky.
ST. PAUL -- Traffic deaths in 2015 rose by 14 percent in the past year, state Department of Public Safety officials said Thursday. Fatalities reached 411 last year, according to a department press release, up from 361 in 2014. Seventy-four of those deaths were affected by distracted driving, the top contributing factor in lethal crashes.
HIBBING, Minn. -- A sexual assault allegation led to the beheading of a 20-year-old Hibbing man last week in rural Itasca County, according to murder charges filed Wednesday. Authorities said David Alexander Haiman also was beaten with a baseball bat and stabbed with a machete after being lured to a wooded area in the Ball Club community by the boyfriend of the alleged sexual assault victim. The suspect, 35-year-old Joseph Christen Thoresen of Grand Rapids, was arraigned Wednesday in State District Court on an intentional second-degree murder charge.
A 14-year-old Barnes, Wis., girl reported missing Tuesday night was found dead early Wednesday, the apparent victim of an all-terrain vehicle crash. The Bayfield County Sheriff's Office reported that the girl, whose name was not released Wednesday pending notification of family, was reported missing at about 10 p.m. Tuesday; she left her home earlier in the day on an ATV and had not been seen by her family since.
A Superior man accused of threatening a judge made his initial appearance earlier this month in Douglas County Circuit Court. A special prosecutor was appointed to handle the case because the suspect also allegedly threatened the district attorney.
BEMIDJI -- Minnesota author Eric Dregni will present his newest book, “Let’s Go Fishing! Fish Tales From the North Woods” at 6 p.m. July 11 at Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW. The event is free and open to the public. There will be books available for purchase and signing.
Final voting is underway to name the two new arctic wolf pups at the International Wolf Center in Ely. Out of more than 1,900 nominations received last week, the wolf center said the top three names for each of the male pups are:
NEW YORK - Three movie financiers -- one with ties to the Iron Range -- were arrested Tuesday on charges they defrauded investors of $12 million that was provided to produce films and documentaries starring, among others, Nicolas Cage, Harry Connick Jr. and Willie Nelson.
TWO HARBORS, Minn. -- A fire destroyed the restaurant portion of a 50-year North Shore landmark -- the Dixie Bar, Grill and Bottle Shop -- about eight miles north of Two Harbors early Monday morning, and caused damage to the rest of the structure.
DETROIT LAKES -- A Park Rapids man is in the Becker County jail after allegedly assaulting a woman and then chasing around a man, who tried to intervene, around with a hatchet. Wayne Lee Patton, 48, is charged with three felonies - assault with a dangerous weapon and two domestic assault charges.