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Itasca County authorities say the death of a woman found in her Deer River home on Wednesday has been ruled a homicide. Sonya Ann Smith, 43, died “as a result of multiple traumatic injuries due to assault,” the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday.
DULUTH -- There’s something about those tall ships. They make every kid yell “cool” and adults click away with cameras with mouths agape. But Dorothy Church of Grand Rapids may have worded it best as she sat on the north pier nearly under the Aerial Lift Bridge just after the Peacemaker make a dramatic pass. “I’m always amazed at what it must have been like,” Church said.
Minnesota's first human case this season of West Nile virus was reported Thursday. State health officials said the man, from Murray County, became ill with West Nile fever earlier this month and is recovering.
FARGO – Two men are facing felony intent to distribute drugs charges after city narcotics agents searched their home and allegedly found 24 hits of acid in a Bible in one man’s bedroom, along with other drugs, paraphernalia, and a police radio detector. According to documents filed in the cases against the two, Fargo narcotics agents executed a search warrant May 23 on a home at 1326 11th St.
HINCKLEY — Federal, state and local law enforcement joined forces in raiding a marijuana field near Hinckley early Wednesday morning and seizing more than 5,500 marijuana plants with a street value of more than $4,125,000, the Drug Enforcement Administration said. Law officers executed a federal search warrant on the parcel of land in Pine County. “The focus of today’s effort was to locate, document and destroy these plants before they could be harvested and enter the illicit drug market,” B. Todd Jones, U.S.
DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth woman’s foster care license was revoked because a child allegedly was sexually abused while in her care. Barbara Ellen Randolph received the revocation order from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
WILLMAR, Minn. – A Sunburg man has been charged with felony theft related to gasoline purchases on his state-issued fleet card while working as a state conservation officer. James Clifford Steffen, 47, is accused of charging more gas on his fleet card than was used in the state-owned boat, all-terrain vehicle and snowmobile he used for his work with the Department of Natural Resources. Steffen’s first appearance on two felony charges of theft of public funds, plus a misdemeanor theft count, is Aug.
WARREN, Minn. – Back home Wednesday for her 55th class reunion, Janet Anderson visited the Marshall County Historical Society Museum. It’s a routine stop whenever she and her husband, Lyle, return to their hometown from their residence in Sun Valley, Idaho. The top museum attraction for the Andersons – and many others – is a patrol car from what’s commonly known as the “Warren UFO Encounter” of 1979. “Most of this kind of stuff, I don’t believe,” Janet said.
FARGO – A Taco Bell worker accused of groping the breasts of two customers in the drive-thru and offering one of them free food in exchange has pleaded not guilty. Austin James Brady, 20, of Fargo, pleaded not guilty in Cass County District Court on Wednesday to a Class C felony charge of unlawful entry into a vehicle, and to a Class B misdemeanor charge of sexual assault. Charges filed last month allege in separate incidents about 2 a.m.
FARGO – Three pools of mosquitoes that test positive for West Nile virus were found Tuesday in Cass County, the county vector control office reported. In response, county officials announced that aerial spraying for adult mosquitoes will start at 8 tonight in Fargo and West Fargo. The city of Moorhead, too, will conduct aerial spraying starting at 8 tonight, as long as winds are less than 10 mph and the temperature is greater than 58 degrees. The public is advised to take precautions against mosquitoes, particularly during dawn and dusk.