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HIBBING — Authorities say a Minnesota trooper had to shoot and kill a wayward horse that couldn't be moved away from near a busy highway. The Minnesota State Patrol says the animal was reported near Minnesota Highway 73 south of Hibbing on Sunday about 10:15 a.m. A Duluth News Tribune report says a state trooper and several passers-by tried in vain to capture it and move it off the road. Patrol spokesman Eric Roeske says no one could identify to whom the horse belonged. He says it was in poor shape, suggesting it may have been loose for some time.
By Sarah Smith Forum Communications PARK RAPIDS – Program officials of a long-term, treatment facility said they expected to close a deal to buy a defunct ski resort in Hubbard County and sought county blessings to proceed. Restore House, a faith-based residential chemical dependency treatment facility that operates a six-bed house in Bemidji, is seeking to buy the Val Chatel property north of Emmaville. “I turn away guys every day,” Mary Greer of Restore House told the county board. Restore House has a long waiting list, she said.
By Stephen J. Lee Forum Communications PARK RAPIDS — A former Lutheran minister from the Bemidji area was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison for sexually assaulting a teen-aged step-daughter many times over three years. Darwin Schauer, 71, asked for mercy from the court and made a sort of apology, said Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne, who prosecuted him in a Park Rapids, Minn., courtroom. “I didn’t take his apology as sincere,” Dearstyne told the Grand Forks Herald Friday.
WASHINGTON — The dean of Minnesota's congressional delegation says reviving a ban on assault weapons won't solve the problem of gun violence. Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson has been a staunch supporter of gun rights and has an "A'' rating from the National Rifle Association. He represents a mostly rural northwestern Minnesota district.
By Christa Lawler, Forum Communications In Nicholas David’s last act as a competitor on “The Voice,” he busted out a white suit and performed a soulful classic Boys II Men song with three former contestants of the NBC-TV reality talent show.
By Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications NEW TOWN, N.D. – An armed man wanted on drug charges barricaded himself inside a New Town home Wednesday, causing neighboring homes to be evacuated and heightened security at nearby schools.
WILLMAR — Willmar Police and Willmar School District officials have investigated rumors about safety issues in the district’s school buildings this week and have found no credible threats to the schools or the community. Parents have made comments on Facebook about the rumors and have said they may keep their children home from school. In a news release Wednesday, Police Chief David Wyffels said the department had traced the sources of some of the rumors and taken action.
By Amy Dalrymple Forum Communications NEW TOWN, N.D. – Schools in New Town are in lockdown today while law enforcement responds to a barricade situation in a neighborhood near the high school. FBI spokesman Kyle Loven said a man wanted by law enforcement in Colorado on narcotics charges has barricaded himself in a residence in New Town. The FBI is working with state and local law enforcement to peacefully resolve the situation, Loven said.
RED WING, Minn. -- All Red Wing schools are on lockdown today after a student reported receiving a threatening call that alluded to a shooting at the school. According to the Red Wing Police Department, a senior at Tower View Alternative Learning Center received a call Tuesday night from an unknown person who told her, "Your school is next." The girl responded with "Hello" and the person repeated the threat, "Your school is next."
By Scott Wente, Forum Communications COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. — It wasn’t like Danielle Jelinek to just disappear.