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ST. PAUL -- A former Pine County cult leader who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two girls at his camp near Finlayson in northeast Minnesota will see a six-year reduction in his sentence. The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday cited a technicality in reducing 56-year-old Victor Barnard’s prison term from 30 to 24 years.
ST. PAUL — A federal judge sentenced sentenced a Minnesota man to more than 10 years in prison Monday, Nov. 20, for defrauding investors in a housing project in the Bakken oil patch. Ronald David Johnson, 51, was sentenced to 126 months — 10½ years — in prison for the scheme, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota. In June, a jury convicted the Corcoran, Minn., man on nine counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.
DEER CREEK, Minn. — A 3-year-old in Deer Creek was apparently shot by a 5-year-old Sunday morning, Nov. 19, the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office said. The victim is in stable condition at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, the office said without releasing any names. A dispatcher got the 911 call around 7:30 a.m. and learned about the shooting from a caller, who said it was an accident. Along with the sheriff's office, the State Patrol, the Wadena County Sheriff's Office, Deer Creek Rescue and Tri County Ambulance all responded.
WILLMAR, Minn. – A 73-year-old Willmar man died Tuesday, Nov. 14, after suffering a medical issue while driving and being involved in a two-vehicle crash at around 3:30 p.m on U.S. Highway 12 East in Willmar. The Willmar Police Department said it is unclear whether the man, identified as Leon Muller, died from the medical issue or from injuries received during the crash. Emergency responders to the scene began CPR on Muller and he was transported to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, where he was pronounced dead.
VIRGINIA, Minn.—The information from three community members agreed: A staff member at a Virginia facility for vulnerable adults "threw food on the floor and made (four clients) eat it." As a consequence of that and other reported misbehavior, the former employee of Chisholm-based NHS Northstar Specialized Services has been barred from contact with vulnerable adults, according to an investigative memorandum posted this week by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
KINGSTON, R.I.—The Minnesota women's basketball team won its first road game of the season Monday, Nov. 13, beating Rhode Island, 82-60. Kenisha Bell had a double-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Bell carried the Gophers in the first half with 13 points and six rebounds. She shot 10-of-18 from the free throw line. Leading just 34-28 at halftime, the Gophers outscored the Rams 48-32 in the second half to pull away.
ST. PAUL — Changes are starting days after two Minnesota legislators were accused of sexual harassment. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party announced Monday, Nov. 13, that it will require candidates receiving party support to take sexual harassment and workplace conduct training. And Gov. Mark Dayton, who has asked that both lawmakers resign, ordered a review of all state policies on sexual harassment and assault.
OLIVIA, Minn. — A man was found dead in an Olivia residence approximately four hours after police responded to a domestic incident there Monday morning, Nov. 13. A woman and children fled the residence and an Olivia police officer responding to the incident made entry into the house, where a small child was removed. The officer also attempted to make contact with the man with no success, according to the Olivia Police Department.
MENAHGA, Minn. -- Two men have been found shot to death inside a residence in Menahga. The Menahga Police Department and Wadena County Sheriff's Office found the men after responding to a 911 call at 12:05 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13. Names of the victims have not been released. Authorities have not said what led up to the deaths, but do not believe there is any risk to the public, the sheriff’s office said. The Menahga Police Department, the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau Criminal Apprehension are investigating.
RED LAKE, Minn. — Two Red Lake fishermen missing since Monday, Nov. 6, were not found by searchers Friday. According to a post on the Red Lake Police Department's Facebook page, officials were not able to use cadaver dogs in deeper bodies of water as planned Friday because of shifting ice and inconsistent ice thickness. The Red Lake Department of Public Safety, the Red Lake Fire Department and assisting agencies, along with volunteers and family members, continued to search wooded and shoreline areas between "first" and "third" bridge areas.