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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 the world will gather in Duluth this weekend to talk about the future of wolves and their relationships with people. The symposium, “Wolves and Humans at the Crossroads,” is sponsored by the Minnesota-based International Wolf Center. It’s the fifth global wolf symposium sponsored by the Wolf Center over the past 25 years, but the first one since 2005 and, with more than 450 people registered, by far the largest. “Gl
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.
DULUTH - A federal court ruled Tuesday that the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa must pay the city of Duluth about $10.3 million. U.S. District Court Judge Susan Nelson determined that the city was entitled to back payments it should have received under a revenue-sharing agreement involving the Fond-Du-Luth Casino. The band ceased sharing casino funds with the city in 2009 after concluding the agreement was inconsistent with the law.
Three adults and four juveniles have been charged in connection with two separate August burglaries within nine days at the same liquor store in Red Lake Falls, Minn. Liquor and cigarettes were taken in the Aug. 20 and Aug.
FARGO – Fargo police arrested and booked the son of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky Tuesday morning on suspicion of drunken driving. Fargo police Lt.
The temperatures have started to drop and there is no doubt that fall is here. Fall is my favorite season because it’s the time of year we welcome bounties of a fruitful harvest, colorful leaves, crisp air and comfort foods. We simply enjoy everything that makes our souls feel warm and cozy. One of those things for me is the smell of oven-roasted apples and cinnamon. Apples are bountiful this time of year and range in flavors and textures. They can be anywhere from sweet to tart or tender to crisp. There are so many varieties to choose from, and I haven’t come across one I don’t enjoy!
Crookston police are investigating the death of a 41-year-old Crookston man. The man, identified as Douglas Spiegel, was found unresponsive late Monday night in the 100 block of South Broadway, according to a report from the Police Department. Police were dispatched to the scene at 11:26 p.m. Spiegel’s body was taken to UND in Grand Forks, where a medical examiner planned to an autopsy on the victim, according to police. The case remains under investigation.
FARGO – Young love can hurt, in more than just unrequited crushes and broken hearts. Teen dating abuse is a problem of growing concern. New research on the topic showing more than a third of teens say they’ve been physically, emotionally or sexually abused was recently presented at a meeting of the American Psychological Association. “Dating violence often can mimic domestic violence in some ways with a younger population,” says Daria Odegaard, education coordinator for the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center in Fargo.