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MERRIFIELD, Minn. — A deer farm in Crow Wing County in north-central Minnesota continues on quarantine for chronic wasting disease, while no further infected cases were found in the most recent batch of tests.
Fargo man who scammed Minn. welfare programs gets 14 years in prison ST. PAUL --- A Fargo, N.D., man who scammed Minnesota welfare programs out of hundreds of thousands of dollars will spend the next decade in prison. Elfonzo Dyrell Shelby was sentenced Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court to just over 14 years in prison for committing identity theft and theft by swindle, according to court records.
SHAKOPEE, Minn. — The former superintendent for Shakopee Public Schools has been charged on suspicion of using a district credit card to pay for trips, home electronics, Grand Ole Opry tickets, sports memorabilia, jewelry and other items. Rod Thompson, who previously worked as the Detroit Lakes High School principal and superintendent at Greenway School District, abused his district-issued credit card to purchase items for personal use, the Shakopee Police Department said in a news release.
Missing man found in snow-covered ditch HIBBING, Minn. — The body of a 24-year-old Hibbing man missing for several weeks was discovered in a snow covered ditch on a maintenance road at the former Essar Steel Minnesota property in Nashwauk Township. The Itasca County Sheriff's Office said Curtis Strand's body was found Wednesday, Nov. 1, and that the death does not appear to be suspicious. The body was taken to the Midwest County Medical Examiner's Office in Ramsey, Minn. for examination.
EUCLID, Minn. — West Nile Virus has been diagnosed in a 33-year-old American Quarter Horse mare in Euclid, the state Board of Animal Health reported Thursday, Oct. 26. In a news release, the BAH said the attending veterinarian Oct. 9 reported the horse presented symptoms of incoordination and exhibited weakness in both hind legs. The horse responded to supportive care to control pain and inflammation and showed significant improvement in clinical signs within a week. Laboratory results confirmed West Nile Virus on Oct. 23, the BAH said.
Man dies after vehicle hits railroad bridge pillar COTTAGE GROVE, Minn.—A man was found dead Monday in a pickup truck after a crash under a railroad bridge in Cottage Grove. The driver, who was being identified by the Ramsey County medical examiner's office, was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. He was alone in the vehicle. The driver was traveling west, down the hill toward the bridge. Police said it appears he hit a concrete pillar and the vehicle became pinned under the bridge.
ADA, Minn.—A woman charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of her boyfriend last summer made an initial appearance in Norman County District Court on Friday, Oct. 27. Monalisa Perez, 20, is accused in court papers of shooting Pedro Ruiz III, 22, in the chest in June during what Perez told investigators was an attempt to make a profitable YouTube video. At Friday's hearing, the court told Perez to keep the court and her attorney informed about where she is living and she was ordered to make all future court appearances.
Minnesota was selected as the second most bicycle friendly state in the nation this week. According to a press release from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the League of American Bicyclists released the ranking, putting the North Star State in second and Washington in first. States coming behind Minnesota were California, Oregon and Massachusetts. The ranking was based on multiple indicators including: • Infrastructure and funding that provide safe places to bike. • Education and encouragement programs that promote cycling.
ULEN, Minn. — A Hawley, Minn., man died and three other people were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash that happened Sunday, Oct. 15, near Ulen. According to Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander, the crash was reported at 11:59 a.m. at the intersection of county roads 7 and 16, about 6 miles east of Ulen. The driver of an SUV, Todd George Mikulecky, 68, of Hawley, was pronounced dead at the scene.
FERGUS FALLS — The family of a missing vulnerable adult from Fergus Falls says their prayers have been answered. Twenty-seven-year old Shaylia Helland's father says she was found at Catholic Chairities St. Paul. Her family brought her home Tuesday night. Police say Helland left her group home last Friday and appeared to be getting rides from truckers at truck stops.