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The body of a Fredenberg Township man reported missing over the weekend has been found, authorities said. Joel Costa, a 32-year-old member of the Minnesota National Guard, did not report for duty Saturday morning, Feb. 11. He was last seen in Superior at about 11:30 p.m. Friday. Sgt. Brandon Silgjord of the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said Costa reportedly had his bags packed for his weekend drill duty but never showed. The Sheriff's Office reported Sunday night that Costa's body was found along with his vehicle at about 7 p.m. on a rural road north of Duluth.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A driver found sleeping in his vehicle on Interstate 94 Friday morning, Feb. 10, led officers on a chase that topped 110 mph through Douglas and Pope counties. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office did not identify the suspect, who was arrested after his vehicle was stopped using spike strips. The chase started after a deputy responded to a report of a vehicle parked in the right lane of Interstate 94 at 6:09 a.m.
ST. PAUL -- They were words a Muslim American certainly did not want to hear: "We deported your wife and kids." A few hours later, the message changed: "The kids are fine. ... But mom will be sent back." Still more hours later, the final message became good news: "Congratulations! Your wife and kids will be released."
RICE LAKE, Wis. -- A Rice Lake man died after apparently following through on his threat to set off an explosion in his apartment late Sunday, Jan. 15, authorities said. About 14 other residents of the apartment complex were evacuated by police before the explosion. The building is a complete loss after the explosion and fire, the Rice Lake Police Department reported.
VINELAND, Minn. — A 20-year-old man involved in an armed home invasion and assault late Thursday night in northern Mille Lacs County was shot and killed by a responding sheriff’s deputy, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reported Friday.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Supreme Court justices reject former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's attempt to restore a $1.8 million award an appeals court gave him. Without comment, justices said on Monday, Jan. 9, they would not change a federal appeals court decision that erased a lower court ruling that Ventura is due the money after being defamed by author Chris Kyle in "American Sniper."
ST. PAUL -- Chronic Wasting Disease has been identified in a farmed deer herd north of Brainerd in Merrifield, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported Friday, Dec. 30. The herd of 33 mule deer and 100 white-tailed deer is registered with the Board of Animal Health. Two 2-year-old female deer were slaughtered on the farm and both tested positive for CWD. The deer showed no clinical signs of illness.
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BRANDON , S.D. – A Valley Springs, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Friday in a one-vehicle crash east of Brandon. Corey Johansen, 24, was driving a 2007 GMC Yukon Denali was eastbound on Interstate 90. The vehicle had just merged onto the Valley Springs exit ramp when the driver lost control on the ice-covered road. The vehicle went into the ditch and rolled.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- An anonymous donor has given $3,500 to Sioux Falls police officers to give to the needy in the city. The money will be handed out in various denominations to needy families who officers identify through their work. The money has been given to patrol, detective, and school resource officer teams, and the officers decide when, how, and to whom to give the gifts.