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MINNEAPOLIS—The ringleader of a multi-state drug trafficking organization prosecutors say flooded the Red Lake and White Earth reservations with heroin was sentenced Wednesday. Omar Beasley, 39, received a 25-year prison sentence after he was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine, oxycodone, hydromorphone, hydrocodone, and methadone. Thirty-nine other co-defendants have also been or will be sentenced in the case, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Within a matter of weeks, fidget spinners became one of the most in-demand items among school-aged kids. And almost just as quickly, the spinner fad spun out of control .
VIVIAN, S.D. — A Vivian man faces a first-degree murder charge for the death of a 7-week-old infant. Gerald Raymond Brink, 36, faces life in prison or death for his alleged involvement in the May 4 death, according to the South Dakota Attorney General's office. Brink, who was arrested on Saturday, was charged with one count of first-degree murder. Lyman County State's Attorney Steve Smith said the number and type of charges are still being determined because "everything is so fluid."
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Any local business owner will tell you good customer service is the key to getting customers back in the door. But even though the service is good, that doesn't always mean the customers are. After being accused of killing his girlfriend in a Crookston, Minn., apartment, a man skipped town, making a pitstop at Central Minnesota Motors in Detroit Lakes around 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 3.
A group of motorcyclists ride away from Blackduck (Minn.) Evangelical Free Church on Friday afternoon, May 5, after a funeral service for Tanner Beighley. Beighley, formerly of Bemidji, was killed Sunday, April 30, after the motorcycle he was driving collided with a car at 45th Street South and Interstate 94 in Fargo, N.D. Members of 701 Cycles, a group of riders from the Fargo area, served as honorary bearers for the service.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A 48-year-old Crookston woman died of asphyxia by strangulation in a homicide, according to preliminary results of an autopsy released by the Crookston Police Department Friday. Tawnja Rene Wallace was found dead in her apartment at 104 S. Broadway Wednesday morning.
MADISON, S.D — A man who officials say shot a McCook County Sheriff’s deputy in the arm has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, and additional felonies. Matthew James Rumbolz, 37, of Montrose, was involved in a pursuit, gunfire exchange with law enforcement and standoff that lasted multiple hours Wednesday in neighboring southern Lake County in eastern South Dakota, according to the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office.
BEMIDJI, Minn. —The driver who law enforcement say ran a stop sign and hit a school bus Wednesday morning—injuring multiple elementary school-aged children—has been identified as well as the bus driver..
BRAINERD, Minn. -- A child from Crow Wing County in north-central Minnesota has become part of a measles outbreak, the Minnesota Department of Health confirmed Wednesday. An agency spokesperson said one unvaccinated child from Crow Wing County contracted the disease after being exposed to it in a Hennepin County health care facility.
WILLMAR — As a measles outbreak in Minnesota widens, Kandiyohi County health and emergency preparedness officials are urging parents to make sure their children are vaccinated. As of Thursday afternoon, April 27, the Minnesota Department of Health had confirmed 28 cases in Hennepin County and one in Stearns County. All were among children under age 5, most of them unvaccinated.