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If the forecast is right, weather for the three-day Memorial Day weekend will be beautiful. Indeed, after a long, cool, wet spring thus far, the next few days are expected to be positively spectacular. Weather has been topic No. 1 in the Red River Valley and beyond all spring. With only a tease of warmth and sun for the past few weeks, the region seemed locked in a pattern of cold and cloud. So what else is new? An objective perusal of weather records suggests this spring was not really all that cold or wet. No records were broken. Many springs have been colder and wetter.
GLYNDON, Minn. – A Fergus Falls motorcyclist died Thursday when he lost control of his bike on Interstate 94 and crashed onto the cement. Brian D. Anderson, 34, was part of a group of motorcycles entering the interstate from County Road 82, the Minnesota State Patrol said. Road conditions were dry and free of hazardous material where Anderson fell off his motorcycle, the State Patrol said.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - An arrest has been made in the April 27 murder of a 32-year-old former Thief River Falls, Minn., woman who was found dead in Riverside. The body of Jamie Lea Harmer was discovered along railroad tracks. The body had been dismembered and scattered in plastic trash bags along the tracks, according to a report from Riverside Police Department. Christopher Marcus Brown, 28, Riverside, who lives near the scene, has been taken into custody on a unrelated felony arrest warrant.
BEMIDJI, Minn. - A Northome woman was killed Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle accident at U.S. Highway 71 and Anne Street in Bemidji. The accident was reported around 10:45 a.m. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 1998 Buick LeSabre driven by Karen O'Laughlin, 71, of Northome, was eastbound on Anne Street Northwest when it was struck by a 1986 International truck driven by Cory Honer, 46, of Laporte, who was traveling north on U.S.
HASTINGS, Minn. - A former Catholic priest in Hastings was charged Wednesday in Dakota County with sexual abuse, County Attorney James Backstrom announced. Francis Hoefgen was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with allegations that he "repeatedly sexually abused a former altar boy at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings from the spring of 1989 to the fall of 1991," according to a news release issued by Backstrom.
A man and woman from Grand Rapids were sentenced Monday for their roles in a string of Itasca County church burglaries in 2013. Danny Edward Madsen, 42, pleaded guilty to nine counts of felony burglary for the series of burglaries that took place from June through September last year. The sentences were handed down Monday in district court in Grand Rapids. For the plea, Madsen had a nearly five-year prison sentence stayed and will serve one year in county jail. He will be on 10 years of supervised probation and must pay a $1,485 fine and complete 20 hours of community service.
As a result of lower elk numbers, the Department of Natural Resources is offering fewer elk licenses this fall in Kittson County of northwest Minnesota. The Grygla, Minn., elk zone again will be closed in an effort to rebuild the herd to population goal levels. “The number of hunting licenses available reflects the goals of the state’s elk management plan,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader.
GLENWOOD, Minn. — The murder trial for a woman accused of killing a 4-year-old boy is scheduled to begin this morning in Pope County District Court in Glenwood. A grand jury indicted Amanda Peltier, 32, of Starbuck, on a charge of first-degree murder while committing child abuse with a past pattern of child abuse in the Feb. 26, 2013, death of Eric Parker Dean.
ADA, Minn. -- A Norman County deputy shot during a traffic stop last month was justified in firing at the suspect, according to the Minnesota county attorney reviewing the case...
ST. PAUL - A federal appeals court judge listened to arguments Thursday in a lawsuit accusing Minnesota officials of forcing unionization on some child care workers. It is not known when Judge Michael Davis will issue his decision. The lawsuit's roots stretch back a couple of years to when Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton unilaterally set up a process to allow child care providers who get state subsidies to join unions.