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MOORHEAD – A Moorhead woman was sentenced to almost four years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing almost $500,000 dollars from the dental office where she worked as manager. Teresa Rae Larson, 45, was sentenced in Clay County District Court Tuesday to three years and nine months after pleading guilty to four counts of diversion of corporate property, a felony.
During our recent cold snap, I found myself looking for ways to keep warm. One of my favorite ways to spend a cold January day is to sip a warm bowl of soup and curl up on the couch with a good book. (OK …well, maybe instead of a good book, it’s been Pinterest on my iPad, but it’s a new year and reading is one resolution that I hope to make more of a habit!)
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Supreme Court this afternoon tossed out a lawsuit challenging the financing of a new Vikings stadium, averting a situation that Gov. Mark Dayton said could have stopped construction. Justices dismissed the suit that sought to prohibit the state from selling bonds to finance the downtown Minneapolis stadium.
This was the fourth year in a row that Global Village had marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a sale and a sign in its Superior Street window proclaiming: “25 percent off everything black!” Rachel Mock, proprietor of the Duluth store, said she had received no complaints in the past, but this year proved a different story, thanks in large part to a social networking firestorm touched off by a Facebook post. George Ellsworth had come downtown with his 5-year-old daughter, Aina, to join a march for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
WASHINGTON — House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said last week he thinks a dairy program that he can accept is being worked out and that it will pave the way for House leadership to bring the farm bill to the floor the week of Jan. 27 and be finished before the House goes out of session Jan. 29, when the Republican members go on their retreat. Peterson told reporters off the House floor he has not seen the dairy language, but he has gotten “verbal communication” to describe it to him. “It’s not the worst thing in the world,” he said.
WINONA, Minn. -- Searchers on the Mississippi River have recovered the fourth body from an early January accident. The body of Andrew Kingsbury, 29 of La Crosse, Wis., was taken from the Mississippi Sunday about 700 feet downstream from where the vehicle containing the four went into the river early Jan. 5. Bodies of Christina Lee Hauser, 36, of Winona and Matthew Patrick Erickson, 29, of Chatfield still were in the front seats of the women's vehicle hours after it went into the river.
CLOQUET, Minn. – Legalizing marijuana for medical purposes has nothing to do with a liberal agenda, says Kevin “KK” Forss. “I’m a born-again Christian. I’m a veteran. I’m a Republican,” said the Cloquet man. “It isn’t liberal; it’s about people who are suffering.” Forss, now 47, never imagined himself as an advocate for legalized marijuana.
MOORHEAD – A lawyers for a Salt Lake City trucker accused of holding a woman prisoner in his semi for six months before being arrested at a weigh station in Moorhead wants evidence in the case thrown out. Steve Beitelspacher, of the Clay County public defender’s office, said at a hearing Thursday in Clay County District Court that he plans to file a motion to suppress evidence on behalf of Timothy Vafeades, 53. Beitelspacher told Clay County Judge Galen Vaa that he will challenge the legality of the stop on Vafeades’s truck that law enforcement officers made, on the grounds they did not
CARLTON, Minn. - An 18-year-old Esko man has been arrested on suspicion of making terroristic threats for allegedly calling in a bomb threat to the Esko School on Tuesday. Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake said Thursday that the man was in the Carlton County jail awaiting formal charges. The school was evacuated and searched Tuesday afternoon, but no bomb was found, and school resumed Wednesday. Follow us on Twitter @DLNewspapers
GRAND FORKS - An airman at Grand Forks Air Force Base was sentenced Monday at his court martial to 34 years in prison for raping a woman on base this past summer, the base said Thursday. Senior Airman Jory Hodge, 23, broke into the home of an airman who was deployed and forced himself upon the deployed airman's wife early on the morning of Aug.