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DULUTH - A Duluth woman persuaded her roommate to kill her former landlord, whom she accused of sexually assaulting her sister and molesting her son, authorities allege. Joella Lee Tucker, 32, of Duluth, and Raymond Charles Weeks, 42, of Two Harbors, were taken into custody Thursday on warrants in connection with the December 2012 murder of 54-year-old Duluth resident Kevin John Tyman. Weeks is charged with second-degree murder, while Tucker faces a charge of conspiracy to commit second-degree murder for her role in the slaying.
RED WING, Minn. – A few weeks ago, Red Wing Pottery owner and manager Scott Gillmer announced he intends to sell the family business by year’s end or cease operations. Gillmer said he soon received some inquiries about purchasing Red Wing Pottery. After some recent play from Twin Cities media this week, more interested parties have arisen. “Essentially, the family owns two assets,” Gillmer said. One is the property along Old West Main Street and the other includes the Red Wing Pottery name, the inventory and the operations, he said.
HIBBING, Minn. – Call it a black spruce market. Two Meadowlands residents have been arrested and charged with stealing nearly 2,000 spruce trees off county-managed forestland – small trees and tree tops that they intended to sell in southern Minnesota as miniature Christmas trees. Steven George Morterud, 22, and Tara Lynn Herrick, 23, were arrested Nov. 8 and charged in state district court in Hibbing with theft of timber, a gross misdemeanor that could bring up to $3,000 in fines and up to one year in jail.
PARKERS PRAIRIE, Minn. – A bicyclist is dead after riding into traffic Thursday evening near this Otter Tail County town. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a bicyclist was riding west on 145th Street about 4 p.m. when the cyclist entered traffic and broadsided a northbound construction truck on state Highway 29. The bicyclist was airlifted to a nearby hospital. The truck was not damaged in the accident. The victim’s name has not yet been released.
SANDSTONE, Minn. -- A homeowner shot a man to death in an alleged home invasion near Sandstone early Thursday, the Pine County Sheriff’s Office reported. Deputies were called to a residence west of Sandstone at 2:38 a.m. on a report of a shooting. A man described by police as elderly told deputies that two men entered his home in a robbery attempt. The man said at least one of the men had a gun. He said he was able to find his own gun and shot and killed one of the intruders. The other man fled on foot, and a search ensued with the assistance of a Minnesota State Patrol helicopter.
A former Thief River Falls bank officer accused of embezzling $396,000 has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, court records show. Vicki Lynn Torgerson, 48, faces up to 30 years in prison on the charge of embezzlement by a bank officer. Sentencing has not been scheduled. Prosecutors say that, between July 2005 and March 2013, she took money from ATMs and the backup cassettes to the machines.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn.
Minnesota’s deer kill after the first three days of the season was down 8 percent from last year, the Department of Natural Resources reported Wednesday. According to the DNR, hunters shot 77,008 deer during the first three days of the firearms season. Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader, said the slightly smaller harvest during the first three days wasn’t surprising. “Last year, opening weekend weather was almost ideal, and the state’s corn harvest was virtually complete,” she said.
GRAND FORKS - The dead body discovered Tuesday in Lincoln Drive Park is believed to be that of an 18-year-old male from Grand Forks. However, the identity has not yet...
Brian Regan has some friends in high places. Actually, they’re more like fans in high places. Although the stand-up comic doesn’t have his own sitcom, never starred in a movie or even a popular commercial and hasn’t had a Comedy Central special in years, Regan stays in the spotlight thanks to a steady touring schedule and props from three of the best comedy promoters: David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld and Marc Maron. Regan brings his stand-up act back to Fargo for a Thursday night show at the Civic Center, starting at 7:30 p.m.