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DULUTH -- Nearly half of the more than 80,000 miles of streams in Minnesota have been changed by human activity, according to the results of a two-year study released Monday. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota Geospatial Information Office compared aerial photos dating back to the 1930s with modern photos to find that 49.6 percent of stream miles in the state have been altered. The agencies also analyzed data from aircraft using laser rangefinders to determine precise topographic outlines.
A former Little League baseball and Duluth Salvation Army youth basketball coach was sentenced today to serve nearly 13 years in prison after he admitted last month to sexually assaulting two preteen boys. Peter Jay Olson, 48, pleaded guilty to two charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct on Oct. 3, as part of a plea deal in which several other less-serious charges were dropped. Judge Heather Sweetland sentenced Olson to 153 months in prison, a minimum guideline sentence.
Geoffrey Biteman pleaded guilty Monday to theft of an airplane in Roseau, Minn., as part of a deal that will see him serve 60 days in jail and 60 days on electronic home monitoring, said Michael Grover, a Roseau County prosecutor. The 18-year-old was charged with unlawfully taking a 1971 Cessna 150 from the Roseau airport and flying it without permission of the owner. He flew it several times into the Thief River Falls airport during the summer and fall and left it at a St. Thomas, N.D., farm where he got injured when he rolled a sugar beet truck in October.
A 32-year-old Staples man died in a one-vehicle rollover Friday night. David Duane Kobliska was driving a 2004 Ford explorer on Todd County Road 66 near the intersection of County Road 7 in Fawn Lake Township shortly before 11:15 p.m. when the vehicle left the roadway, according to the Todd County Sheriff's Office.
Astronaut Karen Nyberg is back on Earth after spending nearly six months aboard the International Space Station. The University of North Dakota graduate and Vining, Minn., native spoke with WDAZ via satellite interview through Johnson Space Center in Houston last week.
ROSEAU, Minn. -- In a case that has some expressing grudging admiration for the moxie of an admitted thief, an 18-year-old man is in jail in Roseau, charged with stealing an airplane for regular joy rides around the region, apparently learning to fly mostly by the seat of his pants. In addition to a state felony charge he faces that threatens up to 10 years in prison, Geoffrey Biteman also is the focus of a federal investigation for being an overly precocious, unlicensed pilot who apparently learned to fly on his own.
U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), John Cornyn (R-TX), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), introduced a comprehensive bipartisan bill to crack down on sex trafficking. The Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act (SETT) will give prosecutors the tools they need to tackle domestic minor sex trafficking and help make sure victims of these horrific crimes receive the support they need.
ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. -- The driver of a car that crashed into a Twin Cities pond, killing two children and hospitalizing three others, did not have a valid driver’s...
Each fall, the Malone sisters return to their 400-acre hunter’s paradise near Sebeka for a friendly competition to shoot the nicest buck. The youngest of the three won this year’s contest — 22-year-old Rebecca Malone downed an 11-pointer, her largest in a decade of hunting. Her sisters ended up with does.
NEW RICHMOND, Wis. -- Two New Richmond men face charges of disorderly conduct after being accused of releasing mice in local businesses. Daniel Birt Curran, 19, and William Francis Curran, 25, pleaded not guilty to the charges last week in St. Croix County Circuit Court. A criminal complaint says Daniel Curran released a black and white mouse in a McDonald’s restaurant on April 19. On April 22, William Curran is accused of placing a mouse in the Ronald McDonald donation box in the drive-up window.