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DULUTH -- A man is dead and a Duluth police officer was injured in a shootout Sunday evening, Jan. 13, on Skyline Parkway. Duluth police responded to a report of a “felony-level” domestic assault at a home on the 1000 block of West Skyline Parkway just before 6:30 p.m. Sunday, police said in a news release. Officers negotiated with a man in the home for about an hour before he began firing at them, striking one officer and killing a police dog. At least one officer returned fire.
GORDON, Wis. — A 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who had been missing since October has been found alive in rural Douglas County, Wisconsin, on Thursday, Jan. 10, authorities said.
ST. PAUL - More than 300 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota combined to make 2,757 arrests for drunken driving during a holiday enforcement campaign, an increase of nearly 4 percent from 2,656 a year ago. During the Nov. 21-Dec. 29 campaign, 15 drivers were reported to have a blood-alcohol content level of .30 or higher, the highest being .424 reported by University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) police, the Department of Public Safety said. Among the arrests:
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — The victim’s told Joshua Holby she doesn’t blame his family or harbor any ill feelings toward them. However, she told him, as well as everyone in the courtroom, that she does feel hatred toward him and that she will never forgive him for what he did to her daughter. Holby, 32, was sentenced in Douglas County District Court by Judge Timothy Churchwell to 86 months in prison after pleading guilty in September to two counts of kidnapping, a felony-level offense. Under the guidelines and because he has no prior criminal record, Holby received the 86-month sentence.
MENAHGA, Minn. — The fire that completely destroyed the Blueberry Pines Golf Course clubhouse was started by an enclosed fireplace in the basement, according to a press release from the Wadena County Sheriff's Department. Propane is the main heating source for the building, but the wood fireplace is supplemental. There were no indications of foul play and no injuries occurred in the fire.
MERRIFIELD, Minn. - A 51-year-old Merrifield man died after he was struck Thursday, Dec. 17, by a pickup with a snowplow on the 24000 block of Crow Wing County Road 19, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office reported. The collision was reported at 8:38 p.m. The victim, Michael Paul Donnay, was in the roadway when he was struck by the pickup, the sheriff's office reported. Donnay was pronounced dead at the scene. At the time of the accident, road conditions and visibility were very poor. Merrifield is about 10 miles north of Brainerd.
ELY, Minn. - A Cloquet man last seen with a Cloquet woman Friday, Dec. 21, was found dead Wednesday in the water on White Iron Lake, which is southeast of Ely. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported that the body of Kenneth Wildenaur, 60, was found by members of the St. Louis County Rescue Squad about 2 p.m. Wednesday. The two were last seen together Friday at Tank's Bar and Restaurant in Babbitt. Their last known location, based on cell phone records, was just southeast of Ely on Saturday afternoon.
SARTELL, Minn. — A woman and her unborn child were killed in a two-vehicle crash Monday, Dec. 17, near Sartell when a semi driver failed to stop at a stop sign. The accident was reported at 7:48 a.m. about 5 miles north of St. Cloud. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Corey William Planck, 46, of Star City, Indiana, was driving a 2000 Kenworth semi northeast on County Road 133 when it failed to stop at a four-way stop sign and collided with a 2017 Subaru Forester, driven by a 30-year-old woman who was going southeast on County Road 4.
AVON, Minn. — The couple who died after their horse-drawn buggy was struck by a pickup Sunday, Dec. 16, in central Minnesota have been identified. The victims were identified as Robert Alois Keppers, 72, and Mary Joan Keppers, 66, of Avon, about 16 miles west from St. Cloud. The Ford F-150 pickup was driven by Mark Lucas Knapp, 23, of Avon.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. - One of the two men arrested in connection with the Dec. 8 shooting in Alexandria has been formally charged and bail has been set. New details have also emerged about the events that led up to the shooting, involving allegations of robbery, arson, a fake kidnapping, a requested exchange of meth for stolen property and a claim of self-defense.