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DULUTH — Nearly three-dozen fishermen were rescued from an ice floe on Superior Bay Saturday Morning, Dec. 1. According to the Duluth Fire Department, 36 fishermen and their equipment were stranded on the ice around 10:40 a.m. when strong northeast winds caused the ice to break away from Park Point.
AUSTIN, Minn. — A Moorhead mom charged in October with allegedly kidnapping her own kids reached a plea deal with prosecutors this week. On Monday, Nov. 26, 39-year-old Izetta Cooley pleaded guilty to one felony count of violating custody protection orders, according to court records. Kristen Nelsen, Mower County attorney, said two felony charges of kidnapping against Cooley were dismissed by the judge at Monday's hearing due to a "lack of probable cause."
DULUTH — The body of a woman missing for over two weeks was found in Lake County Wednesday, Nov. 28. At about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Lake County Sheriff's Office located the body of Janeen Bauer Peters, 57, about 500 yards from her vehicle near County Highway 2 and south of Highway 1. Peters was last seen on Nov. 11.
LAKE LILLIAN, Minn. – Emergency responders are being credited for rescuing a man Thursday morning, Nov. 29, after the ATV he was riding plunged through ice and into the frigid waters of Big Kandiyohi Lake in central Minnesota. The incident was reported at 7:19 a.m. when the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office received a call that an individual had gone through the ice about 200 yards from shore.
ST. PAUL — Gov.-elect Tim Walz and Lt. Gov.-elect Peggy Flanagan set out Thursday, Nov. 29, on a five-day listening tour. The pair was set to make more than two dozen stops across the state over the weekend in Moorhead, Duluth, Bemidji, Winona and several other towns. Walz in a statement said the trip is aimed at learning more about what Minnesotans hope to see in the next administration.
BARNESVILLE, Minn. — A Minnesota woman has been ticketed for watching Netflix while she was driving on Interstate 94 in northwest Minnesota and crashing her vehicle into the median cable barrier. The woman., Taylor Thiets, 20, of the Twin Cities suburb of Maplewood was driving at about 70 mph last month down the interstate and has been charged with watching a television program before she crashed between Rothsay and Fergus Falls.
VIRGINIA, Minn. — A Virginia police officer shot and killed a person Tuesday evening, Nov. 27, after responding to a report of suspicious activity.
DELMONT, S.D. — A Delmont family was displaced after a smoked turkey caught fire and completely destroyed their home the day before Thanksgiving. Joe Gastonguay was preparing supper for his family on Nov. 21 inside their home when he noticed a heavy smoke odor and flames on the porch, a Delmont law enforcement official said Tuesday, Nov. 27.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- A man was killed in a Thief River Falls construction accident earlier this month. An employee was pinned between an I-beam and lift while installing bolts at the Digi-Key construction site at 601 Barzen Ave. S. on Nov. 6, said James Honerman, communications director for Minnesota OSHA. The man was severely injured and brought to the hospital, Thief River Falls Police Chief Dick Wittenberg said. The man died sometime last week, according to Wittenberg.
HAGER CITY, Wis. - Authorities on Monday identified the Red Wing, Minn., man killed in a two-vehicle crash in rural Hager City. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said 42-year-old Matthew Parker died in the crash, reported at 12:13 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23. He was pronounced dead on the scene by the Pierce County medical examiner.