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OTTERTAIL, Minn. — Fire heavily damaged a home here Saturday night, March 11, resulting in officials calling it a complete loss, an Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department deputy reported. The homeowner, 35-year-old Cody James Dahl, has been charged with first-degree arson after the Minnesota State Fire Marshall and Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office say Dahl gathered up flammable materials in the attached garage of his home and lit them on fire around 9:40 p.m. He reportedly used a lighter and accelerant.
ST. PAUL -- A deputy commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Commerce was among several men arrested in an undercover prostitution sting in St. Paul. Police took Michael Shane Deal, 46, of Litchfield into custody on Tuesday, according to a police report. Deal, who could not immediately be reached for comment on Wednesday, is deputy commissioner of the state commerce department’s financial institutions division.
AVON, Minn. -- A 53-year-old Avon man was killed when authorities said he jumped onto Interstate 94 and was struck by a semi truck Wednesday morning, March 1, near Avon, the Minnesota State Patrol said. The man, later identified as Lloyd Stuart Parker, walked from his parked 2015 Hyundai on County Road 9 and jumped from the overpass and into eastbound traffic shortly before 8 a.m., patrol said.
FREEPORT, Minn. — A Freeport man rescued Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 28, from a skid loader that was submerged in an abandoned manure pit has died. According to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, Duane Herzog, 46, was operating a skid loader when it went through ice that was covering a manure pit on Herzog's farm site. The skid loader was completely submerged and Herzog was trapped inside for 20 minutes. Rescue personnel were able to rescue Herzog, who was transported by Life Link helicopter to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he later died.
HARPURSEVILLE, N.Y. - A live stream of a giraffe about to give birth is captivating people across the country. Tens of millions of people have logged on to watch a live stream of the pregnancy of April the giraffe and her mate at The Animal Adventure Park.
A 23-year-old Grand Rapids woman pleaded guilty Friday, Feb. 24 in Itasca County District Court in the stabbing and beheading death of a Hibbing man last June . In exchange for a guilty plea and her future testimony, Kayleene Danielle Greniger avoided facing trial on a first-degree murder charge, which comes with the potential for life in prison.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Unseasonably warm temperatures and steady rainfall have prompted local and state officials to urge caution when venturing onto ice this week. As of Tuesday, a pickup truck had broken through ice near the shore of Lake Bemidji and was towed off the lake by early afternoon.
How much progress have you made on your 2017 taxes? More importantly, if you're not filing the return yourself, how trustworthy is your tax preparer? The IRS began accepting tax returns on Jan. 23 and is expecting more than 153 million individual tax returns will be filed. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota offers the following tips on finding a good tax preparer: • Ask around. Get referrals from friends and family on who they use and research free BBB business profiles on tax preparers and tax preparation services at bbb.org.
WASHINGTON — Approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline easement to cross Lake Oahe is "imminent," members of North Dakota's Congressional delegation said Tuesday, Jan. 31. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer informed him Tuesday he has directed to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with the easement needed to complete the pipeline. Hoeven released the statement after meeting with Speer and Vice President Mike Pence. Hoeven spokesman Don Canton said the easement is expected within days.
Just when you thought the Democrats and Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature and in the governor's office couldn't get together or agree on anything, news breaks Jan. 13 from St. Paul that a bill not only was passed but actually was signed into law, the first such achievement of the 2017 legislative session.