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MINNEAPOLIS - Jurors in the trial of a Duluth business owner accused of misbranding and selling synthetic drugs have now heard all of the evidence they will consider, but they will have to wait awhile to begin deliberations. The defense rested its case Tuesday morning without any of the defendants taking the stand, one day after the government rested. Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson, 56, is charged with 55 federal crimes for allegedly selling drugs under labeled as incense or bath salts at the store, as well as money laundering.
FARGO – American Crystal Sugar will default on a government loan of $71.2 million under a program that provides relief when a glut of sugar depresses prices. David Berg, president and chief executive officer of American Crystal Sugar, said forfeiting the sugar put up as collateral for the loan was the best option given very low sugar prices. “Everything we have under loan we do intend to forfeit,” Berg said.
DASSEL, Minn. — A driver was killed in a Monday morning crashing with a tractor-trailer near Dassel, about 50 miles west of Minneapolis. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the crash was reported about 7:10 a.m. along U.S. Highway 12 in Meeker County. The driver of the car was not identified Monday. The driver of the 2007 Peterbilt semi-truck, Bruce F. Resch, 50, of Royalton, was not injured.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — A bar and grill sustained more than $30,000 in damage from a kitchen fire reported Sunday morning. The Bemidji Fire Department responded to the popular Cattails Bar & Grill just after 7:30 a.m. Employees detected a fire in a broiler, and when firefighters arrived, the fire was spreading to the roof. Firefighters quickly contained and extinguished the fire, according to a press release from the department. No injuries were reported. The fire caused an estimated $32,500 in damage to structure and contents, officials said.
FARGO – Cass County authorities are investigating a report of a woman who said someone posted her phone number to multiple websites along with a message promising sexual favors. The woman’s complaint, detailed in a search warrant affidavit, echoes cases of “revenge porn” that have spurred a law in California prohibiting posting graphic images of a person online without their consent. The search warrant filed on Friday in Cass County District Court states the woman contacted the Cass County Sheriff’s Department Sept.
FARGO – A Fargo woman faces felony child neglect charges after police say a newspaper delivery person reported her 3-year-old and 2-year-old children wandering naked alone through four blocks of a northside neighborhood. Amber Kanowske, 23, of Fargo, was charged Sept. 23 in Cass County District Court with one count of Class C felony abuse or neglect of a child. According to documents filed in Cass County court, Fargo police officers were dispatched about 6:21 a.m. on Aug.
BEMIDJI -- An 18-year-old Bovey, Minn., man was stabbed at a party early Sunday in Beltrami County and law enforcement is asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect and two persons of interest. According to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were dispatched at 12:46 a.m.
A letter sent to parents and families of the Lakes Area Gymnastics Academy in Perham on Tuesday stated the termination of the contract with head coach Charlie Fleck. The letter did not detail the reasons for the termination and phone calls to the LAGA and Fleck were not returned. “While we are not able to provide you with specific details that led to this decision, we do want you to know that the decision was made in the best interests of the Lakes Area Gymnastics Academy Program and the participants that are a part of this program,” the letter stated. “The board plans to work with Ch
BEMIDJI, Minn. — A wolf killed at a Lake Winnibigoshish campground after an attack on a teenager was in fact the animal that bit the 16-year-old, officials said Thursday. It was Minnesota’s first documented wolf attack on a human that resulted in significant injuries. Noah Graham, 16, of Solway, was camping with friends at the West Winnie Campground when he was attacked and bitten by a wolf in the early hours of Aug. 24. The wolf bit down on Graham’s head, and he had to reach behind and pry the animal’s jaws from his head.
DULUTH - Chris Dahlberg, a St. Louis County commissioner and Duluth attorney, announced Thursday that he officially is running in the Republican race for Minnesota’s U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Al Franken. Dahlberg, 51, made the announcement in the Twin Cities suburb of New Brighton on the front porch of supporters, promoting what he calls a return to “front-porch leadership.” He plans a similar media event Saturday at his Duluth home. Three other Republicans have announced they are seeking the nomination: state Sen. Julianne Ortman, state Rep.