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DULUTH -- In the annals of crime, Richard Donald Hegquist won’t rank up there with Chicago’s Al Capone or Boston’s Whitey Bulger. But with a string of 44 arrests in 18 Minnesota counties since 1996, the 37-year-old Ham Lake resident finally made the big time in the eyes of prosecutors. Hegquist, who has 12 prior felony convictions and whose criminal career has involved 59 different court cases, was sentenced in Duluth on Wednesday to nearly six years in prison in a case involving a robbery at the Hermantown Car and Pet Wash in July.
UPDATED 10/11/2013 10:30am TIOGA, N.D. – The farmer who discovered a pipeline break that spilled 20,600 barrels of Bakken crude near here said Thursday he hopes the industry learns from the incident and does a better job monitoring for leaks.
MOORHEAD – A man charged with causing a fire that sent a volunteer firefighter to the hospital with a heart attack has pleaded guilty to criminal charges. Bradley Harold Littlefield, 59, pleaded guilty Thursday in Clay County District Court to one count of negligently setting a fire resulting in bodily harm, a gross misdemeanor. Littlefield was sentenced to 45 days in jail, to be served through electronic home monitoring, plus two years of unsupervised probation.
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. -- Rosemount police have identified two people found dead shortly before 6 p.m. Monday evening. Steven Lee Vasey Jr., 32, and Melissa Vasey, 31, were found dead in their Rosemount apartment by Rosemount police. Police checked on the couple at the request of a family member.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A young cow moose that frequented the Crookston area during the spring and early summer has died, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. City and DNR officials repeatedly tried to chase the moose out of town, but it kept returning. DNR wildlife staff was finally able to capture the moose with a dart gun June 24.
One out of five calls from the public for help with Minnesota’s new online health insurance marketplace is coming from the 218 area code, the program’s director announced Wednesday. The...
ALEXANDRIA, S.D. - A Plankinton teen pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of aggravated assault for shooting another teenager with a pistol he had been given as a high school graduation present. Logan Evans, 18, entered his plea during circuit court at the Hanson County Courthouse. In exchange for the prosecution dropping two other aggravated assault charges and a misdemeanor charge of reckless discharge of a weapon, Evans pleaded guilty to the one count of aggravated assault. On June 22, Evans was driving a vehicle along Interstate 90 in Hanson County.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. - Hubbard County authorities responded to several burglary calls at rural churches Sunday morning. Pastors at churches in Akeley, Nevis and Guthrie all experienced weekend break-ins. In some cases, burglars broke glass to gain entry to the buildings. Besides the damage, valuables were reported missing. Gil Morris, president of First Lutheran Church of Akeley, said burglars caused an estimated $1,000 in damage to his church, breaking down locked doors to get at cash and leaving other valuables behind. “Three or four doors will have to be replaced,” he said.
As Minnesota and Wisconsin get ready to hold their second annual wolf hunting and trapping seasons — and Michigan enters the fray with its first — wolf experts from around...
WOODBURY, Minn. -- A man who sexually assaulted several teenage girls while holding them and others at gunpoint last year received a 36-year sentence Monday. Demetrius Santreell Ballinger must serve at least 24 years in prison for the standoff at the Woodbury Red Roof Inn in August 2012. He pleaded guilty in June to five counts, including attempted murder and rape charges. The sentence, handed down by Judge Ellen Maas, also calls for 12 years on supervised release and lifetime probation.