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DULUTH — Two Duluth men who trafficked and sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl were convicted Tuesday, Jan. 22, in U.S. District Court in Duluth. After a six-day trial, Amos Kiprop Koech, 44, was found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor and sex trafficking of a minor. Koech’s co-conspirator Andre Mathis Jr., 33, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a minor on Jan. 10.
DULUTH - American Airlines will begin service to Duluth International Airport in May, with four daily flights between Duluth and Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Airport Executive Director Tom Werner announced American's entry to the Duluth market at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. The service comes after three years of discussions with American, Werner said. Flights will begin May 23, with tickets going on sale Monday, Werner said.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — A Crookston man has been sentenced to 30 days on house arrest for kicking his mother’s dog to death after it urinated on his shoes. Polk County District Judge Anne Rasmusson handed down the sentence Tuesday, Jan. 22, to Benjerman Robert Eia, 22, who pleaded guilty in December to a felony count of mistreatment of an animal resulting in death. He faced a maximum punishment of two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Police have identified the man killed after the vehicle he was driving went over the side of the Belknap Street/U.S. Highway 2 viaduct in Superior. Jeffrey Dean Alexander, 60, of rural Superior died when his Jeep SUV went over the side of the viaduct and fell 35 feet to the train tracks below shortly after 8 a.m. Monday, said Matt Markon, assistant Superior police chief. The Jeep came to rest mostly on its roof, Markon said Tuesday, Jan 22.
HUDSON, Wis. - A former employee of a Hudson manufacturer was charged with felony intent to cause public panic or fear in response to a December 2018 phone call during which he allegedly told a co-worker he planned to "shoot up" the business and two specific employees, according to a criminal complaint filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota women’s basketball coach Lindsay Whalen has inked a partnership agreement with Bell Bank, becoming a Bell Bank “Champion.” Whalen will be featured in advertising and social media, host select customer meet-and-greet events, and provide signed merchandise for designated Bell events. Bell and Whalen will also seek opportunities to “pay it forward” through support of charitable causes.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A central Minnesota man died Monday evening after he was buried in an avalanche Thursday, Jan. 17, at a ski resort in New Mexico. A news release from New Mexico Donor Services identified the Brainerd native as 22-year-old Corey Borg-Massanari.
SUPERIOR, Wis. - One man was killed Monday morning, Jan. 21, after the vehicle he was driving went over the side of a viaduct in Superior. A vehicle traveling west on Belknap Street went over the north side of the bridge railing and fell approximately 35 feet to the ground, killing the driver, a 60-year-old rural Superior man. Crews responded at 8:13 a.m. to the Belknap Street/U.S. Highway 2 viaduct about a half-mile west of Tower Avenue/Wisconsin Highway 35. The name of the driver is being withheld pending notification of family.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — A handful of stores in Upper Midwestern states are slated to close after general merchandise retailer Shopko announced it has filed voluntary petitions for financial restructuring under the Chapter 11 bankruptcy code.
DULUTH — A man is dead after being found unresponsive in a hot tub at the downtown Duluth YMCA Wednesday, Jan 16. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported that at about 8 a.m., a lifeguard noticed that Joseph Donald Robbins, 32, was submerged and unresponsive in the hot tub. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. Robbins was homeless, the sheriff’s office said.