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GRANITE FALLS, Minn. -- The man charged in a double homicide last month is offering to plead guilty to both counts of second-degree murder, according to a motion filed Wednesday in District Court. Andrew Joseph Dikken, 28, of Renville, is charged in the shooting deaths of Kara Monson, 26, of Granite Falls, and Christopher Panitzke, 28, of Redwood Falls.
UNDERWOOD, Minn. – Three adults and a newborn are getting shelter from the Dakotas Region of the American Red Cross after a fire in their home near here Wednesday night. A fire broke out just before 11:30 p.m. at 30015 County Highway 1 in rural Underwood, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office. Five adults and a 7-week-old baby were in the house at the time of the fire.
A prosecutor told a Duluth jury Thursday that it was no accident when Kyle McClain stabbed a former roommate with a sword, and that there is no way the weapon could have penetrated Richard Stewart’s thick winter jacket and 5 inches of skin and flesh without force. “He wants you to believe that Mr. Stewart’s body is a hot stick of butter,” Assistant St.
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. - Rosemount police have identified two people found dead last week in what is believed to be a murder-suicide. Steven Lee Vasey Jr., 32, and Melissa Vasey, 31, were found dead shortly before 6 p.m. Oct. 7 in their apartment by Rosemount police, who checked on the couple at the request of a family member. Police Chief Eric Werner said he believes the two died as a result of a murder-suicide.
WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota oil and gas production hit two milestones in August, exceeding daily production of 900,000 barrels of oil and 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas for the first time. Oil production rose 4 percent in August to 911,242 barrels per day, according to preliminary figures released Tuesday by the Department of Mineral Resources. “I think that tells us that late this year or very early next year we’ll see 1 million barrels a day,” Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said.
ST. PAUL PARK, Minn. -- A St. Paul man faces a felony manslaughter charge in the shooting death of a St. Paul Park man. Washington County prosecutors charged Bernard F. Poston Jr., 22, with second-degree manslaughter in the Aug. 10 death of Regino M. Nitti, 20, in a St. Paul Park apartment. St.
ELLSWORTH, Wis. -- A Red Wing woman will serve jail time for her involvement in a crash that killed a Minnesota man a year ago. Cassandra Smith, 21, of Red Wing, Minn., was southbound on Hwy. 63 last October when her vehicle crossed the center line and collided with a northbound motorcycle driven by Dennis R. Manning, 65, of Pine Island, Minn. He died of his injuries. Smith was initially charged in March with three vehicular homicide counts – by intoxicated use of vehicle, by use of controlled substance and by negligent operation.
My parents are both North Dakota State University alumni, and I grew up going to Bison home games with my dad and siblings, when the games were still held outdoors at Dacotah Field. Since Tony and I returned to Fargo 13 years ago, I’ve only been to a handful of games, and this was Tony’s second Bison game – ever. Recently, Tony, Gio and I had the privilege of attending the Bison home game against the University of Northern Iowa with our friends, Greg and Stacy Rick; their daughters Brenna, Caitlin and Delaney; and new friends, Steve and Leann Wright. We had planned to join them pre-ga
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.
BISMARCK – North Dakota lawmakers questioned state officials Monday about the response to the worst oil spill since the state’s current energy boom began, with one state regulator describing it as a “breakdown and delay of notification.” The underground pipeline break near Tioga leaked 20,600 barrels of oil into a wheat field before the farmer, Steve Jensen, discovered the spill Sept.