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DULUTH - A caregiver at a Duluth disability service facility has been terminated for the maltreatment of a vulnerable adult. According to a Minnesota Department of Human Services report, a staff person at Duluth Regional Care Center took about $350 from the adult after promising to use the money to purchase an ATV. The ATV eventually was received, but only after a guardian for the adult contacted law enforcement.
GRAND FORKS - The Air Force will sign a lease with Grand Forks County in December, allowing a technology park for unmanned aircraft to be built at Grand Forks Air Force Base, the state’s congressional leaders and the governor said Thursday. “The Enhanced Use Lease program will diversify the Grand Forks County employment base and provide financial and operational support to the Grand Forks Air Force Base,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple said.
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.