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MOORHEAD – A 45-year-old Barnesville, Minn., man is charged in Clay County District Court with having sexual contact with someone who was mentally impaired or helpless. Michael Ray Herbst faces one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, both felonies. According to a court complaint, Herbst met a 21-year-old Fargo woman earlier this year after she accidentally dialed his number. The woman is described in court papers as a vulnerable adult who functions at a 5-year-old level. According to the court papers, the woman told
DULUTH — The folks at Cirrus Aircraft have reason to feel good about the latest industry numbers. After hitting a 11-year low in 2012, plane shipments were up nearly 25 percent in the first six months of 2013 compared to the same period last year.
GRAND FORKS – A break-in and assault was reported to security forces at Grand Forks Air Force Base early Saturday morning, the base public affairs office said. The victim was treated by doctors off-base while security forces tried to identify a suspect, who remained at large Sunday. Besides base security, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Department are involved in the investigation. Base public affairs said there may be delays for those trying to enter or exit the base.
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. – Police here are asking for help finding a missing teen who was last seen Wednesday. Authorities say Alex Key, 17, left home unannounced through a bathroom window. Key is diabetic and has had heart surgery. Key is 6 feet tall with a medium build, red hair and hazel eyes. He has a scar on his chest from his heart surgery. Key was last seen wearing a blue jacket, shorts and orange tennis shoes.
NEW YORK MILLS — A shooting last month that authorities are calling a murder-suicide occurred after a woman and her boyfriend arrived at her ex-boyfriend’s home to pick up her dogs, the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office said. Ethan Honer, 20, of Perham, was shot to death July 31 by Jacob Geiser, 23, who then shot himself, authorities said.
Anthony Kuznia died of accidental drowning, a preliminary autopsy report shows, Polk County Deputy Michael Norland said this afternoon. Norland has been in charge of the investigation and search for the 11-year-old East Grand Forks boy who went missing Wednesday afternoon. His body was recovered just after 4 p.m.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. – There he stands. At 28 feet tall and constructed of Fiberglas, the Viking statue known as Big Ole has been keeping an eye on Alexandria from his vantage point at North Broadway for nearly 50 years. But he hasn’t been without hardship. Over and over again, he’s been the target of natural disasters and vandals alike. In 1996, 70 mph winds created a sway in his steel-enforced structure.
GRAND FORKS – Kerri Drees loved the music of Christian singer Natalie Grant. She often played Grant’s song “Held” when she was on air at Your QFM in Grand Forks, where she’d been the uniquely high-spirited radio voice we’ve loved since January 2011. Among “Held’s” lyrics: “This is what it means to be held, how it feels when the sacred is torn from your life and you survive.
GRAND FORKS — When Anthony Kuznia appeared in an April 2012 Grand Forks Herald article about autism, he was a happy and curious 9-year-old, busy exploring the lobby of a Grand Forks hotel where he and his family had spent the night as a special treat for the kids. He liked swimming in the hotel’s pool, he said, and had gone to his gymnastics class the night before.