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MOORHEAD — The woman who co-founded the iconic Moorhead Dairy Queen and had a hand in creating the world-famous Dilly Bar has died. Phyllis Litherland died Sunday, Aug. 12, in her daughter’s home in Chicago at the age of 90. Phyllis and Bob Litherland established the downtown Moorhead Dairy Queen in 1949, among the franchise’s earliest restaurants in the nation. The couple is also often credited for the creation of the Dilly Bar.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — A Thief River Falls man was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 8, for stabbing a coworker in the neck, according to court records. Louis Damian Cruz Montanez, 26, was charged with attempted murder and assault with a weapon. If convicted, he could spend up to 20 years in prison and pay a $20,000 fine. Police were called Wednesday to Northern Pride, 419 Pennington Ave. S. in Thief River Falls. An affidavit for Cruz Montanez's arrest said he got into a fight with another man in the locker room. The man allegedly swung a box fan at Cruz Montanez.
ZIMMERMAN, Minn. -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is holding a public auction of confiscated fishing, hunting and trapping equipment on Saturday, Aug. 4. The auction includes 214 firearms, 59 bows and 47 other pieces of equipment, including deer stands, fishing poles, mounts and traps. All of the equipment was confiscated following serious game and fish violations, the DNR said.
WATKINS, Minn. -- A 54-year-old rural Watkins man was killed Wednesday, Aug. 1, when a jack slipped out from under a semitruck he was working on and pinning him. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Joseph Edward Pauly was using a hydraulic bottle jack to work on a tire when it slipped in Luxemburg Township, about three miles northwest of Watkins. Family members discovered the accident and called for help at 5:07 p.m. Watkins is about 25 miles southwest of St. Cloud.
ST. PAUL — Taco runs and ventilating your car are no excuse for speeding, state regulators say, but law enforcement officials report those are among the reasons for blowing past speed limit signs during Minnesota’s latest speeding campaign. From July 6-22, speeders were issued 14,661 citations for unsafe speeds across the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. That figure is down from 16,580 in the 2017 speed enforcement campaign, but above the previous five-year average of 16,109.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. -- An 84-year-old Little Falls man died after he fell off a tractor and was run over by it. The fatality occurred Monday, July 30, at a home 2 miles north of Little Falls in central Minnesota.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — Deer hunters will have more options this season, thanks to a rebounding population, officials said. According to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, "favorable" winter weathers and previously conservative hunting regulations have led to stable and growing deer populations around the state. The DNR will allow hunters to use bonus permits to harvest more than one deer in more areas than in previous years; fewer areas will require hunters to apply in a lottery to shoot an antlerless deer.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A Bemidji woman accused of breaking a 3-month-old infant’s legs while babysitting pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree assault and child endangerment. Bridget Renae Stately, 42, was charged with the felonies in May after she was allegedly caught on a “Nanny Cam” grabbing the baby’s feet and twisting her ankles. Stately, who told police she use methamphetamine before the assault, had been watching the child May 28. When the baby’s mother came home she noticed that her child was “extremely upset” and crying.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the Moorhead Blues bounced back to claim a 12-2 victory in six innings over Detroit Lakes Wednesday in the opening round of the Minnesota Division Sub-State 14 Tournament in East Grand Forks. DL took the early lead scoring both runs unearned. Tucker Jordan scored on a Jayden Heisler ball hit to third base misplayed. Heisler scored on a fielder’s choice.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota will require businesses to begin collecting taxes on most online sales Oct. 1. The Revenue Department announced Wednesday, July 25, the date it will enforce existing state law. The decision came after a June 21 U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a South Dakota case that states can require businesses not located with their boundaries to collect the tax. Before the ruling, often only businesses within states were forced to pay sales taxes, although some online firms did collect them.