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WILLMAR, Minn. — A Willmar man was injured Wednesday afternoon when the pickup he was driving left the road and crashed into a row of farm equipment that was lined up in front of a Willmar business. The accident was reported at 5:03 p.m. on U.S. Highway 12 and Industrial Drive. According to the State Patrol, Derek Scott Heike, 27, was driving a 2012 Dodge Ram east on Highway 12 when he lost control of the vehicle on a curve and the truck went off the road and struck machinery at Farm-Rite Equipment.
CLOQUET, Minn. -- A 23-year-old man died in an early morning fire in Cloquet over the weekend.. The Cloquet Police Department identified Preston Jerald Alaspa of Cloquet as the victim in a fire on the Fond du Lac Reservation.
DULUTH — Two adults and a 2-year-old child died, and three others were injured in a crash involving a wrong-way driver on Interstate 35 in Duluth during the early morning hours of Monday, April 2. A 1997 Toyota 4Runner, driven by Duluth resident Aaron David Dame, 23, was traveling north on southbound I-35 near 40th Avenue West when it struck a 2001 GMC Yukon head-on shortly before 1 a.m. Monday, according to the State Patrol. The crash killed both Dame and the Yukon’s driver, Duanda Letrice Robinson, 26, of Duluth, according to the State Patrol.
AITKIN, Minn.—A rare art window depicting the resurrection of Christ graces the east wall of the United Methodist Church in Aitkin in north-central Minnesota. The craft of painted glass windows flourished in the 19th century. The German-made window, purchased in Chicago by Horace Osterhout, traveled to Aitkin by train, according to information provided by the Aitkin church. At that time, the congregation drew up plans and expected to break ground on a church in 1915.
CLOQUET, Minn.—A Twin Cities humane society has removed 41 Chihuahuas from a Carlton County property in far northeast Minnesota. The Carlton County Sheriff's Office reported Friday, March 30, that it was contacted last week by officials from Animal Humane Society of Golden Valley, Minn., "regarding a complaint they received of 20-30 dogs living in filthy conditions."
NAYTAHWAUSH, Minn. -- The body of a man found in a residential yard in Naytahwaush on March 22 has been identified as Phillip Wade Jr., 22, of Naytahwaush, according to Mahnomen County Sheriff Doug Krier. Wade was well-known in Naytahwaush, a village of about 600 people on the White Earth Reservation in Mahnomen County, but was not known to the woman who found him in her yard.
LAKOTA, N.D.—A Grand Forks man has been ordered to spend more than four years behind bars for trying to sexually assault a juvenile boy in northeast North Dakota. Leo Lars Borgen, 52, was sentenced Thursday in Nelson County District Court to 10 years in prison for a Class B felony count of attempted gross sexual imposition. Five years of that sentence will be suspended, and he was credited 281 days for time served.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill giving more than 30,000 state workers raises. The Democratic governor signed the bill Tuesday, March 27, a day after the Senate and House passed it. Most state workers will receive a 2 percent raise this year, and 2.25 percent increase in the next fiscal year (some earlier reports indicated it would be 2.5 percent).
LAKE PARK, Minn. — Three juveniles have been identified as suspects in fires set Saturday at the former Lake Park-Audubon High School here, the Lake Park Police Department announced Monday, March 26. A citizen tip led police to a 13-year-old boy from Audubon and two 14-year-old boys from Lake Park, who admitted to lighting fires in the gymnasium and to prior break-ins and vandalism at the building, police reported. Reports in the case have been forwarded to the Becker County Attorney's Office for consideration of charges.
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn.—No one will be walking on the Indian at Park High School in the Twin Cities suburb of Cottage Grove again. The high school is removing a controversial Indian head mosaic from a hallway floor. Installed in 1965 to depict the mascot for the Park High School Indians, the mosaic had recently been criticized by students and community members.