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THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — A Thief River Falls man was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 8, for stabbing a coworker in the neck, according to court records. Louis Damian Cruz Montanez, 26, was charged with attempted murder and assault with a weapon. If convicted, he could spend up to 20 years in prison and pay a $20,000 fine. Police were called Wednesday to Northern Pride, 419 Pennington Ave. S. in Thief River Falls. An affidavit for Cruz Montanez's arrest said he got into a fight with another man in the locker room. The man allegedly swung a box fan at Cruz Montanez.
BRANDON, Minn. -- A six-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 near Alexandria in western Minnesota in a construction zone Monday, Aug. 14, sent three people to the hospital. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the extent of injuries is unknown but it is believed that none of the injuries were serious. A State Patrol spokesman did not know how many passengers were involved.
ZUMBROTA, Minn. -- A 4-year-old child was fatally injured in southeast Minnesota Monday morning, according to Zumbrota Police Chief Patrick J. Callahan. The child was playing on a swing set when it collapsed on top of the child, Callahan reported. The Zumbrota Police Department, the Zumbrota Area ambulance Service and North Air Care all responded to the scene in the city of Zumbrota. Lifesaving efforts were not successful.
BROOKINGS, S.D.—Football followers of the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University may have to pay more to watch their teams online this fall. The Missouri Valley Football Conference unveiled its television and web streaming schedule Friday and of the conference's 56 regular-season home games, 43 of them will be streamed on ESPN+, which is the sports company's new direct-to-consumer subscription service. The cost of that service is $4.99 per month but customers can cancel at any time.
ROSEVILLE, Minn.—Instead of digging holes for a new fence, Michael Shelton spent Thursday on an "unbelievable" road trip. The Bemidji man claimed his nearly $550,000 lottery win Thursday at the Minnesota Lottery headquarters in Roseville, a Twin Cities suburb north of St. Paul and a 3½-hour drive from home. Shelton bought his winning Gopher 5 ticket of $549,633 at the Orton's Bemidji Cenex. Shelton's winning numbers, drawn Wednesday evening, were 15-22-23-27-31.
BEMIDJI—An air quality alert first issued Wednesday for parts of Minnesota has been extended through Saturday, and also expanded southward, by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The alert will run through 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, and the affected region includes the cities of Bemidji, Alexandria, Moorhead, East Grand Forks, Roseau and Bemidji, and the tribal nations of Red Lake and Leech Lake. \ Thursday's extended alert also expanded southward to include the areas of Worthington, Marshall, Ortonville, and Upper Sioux.
ROSEVILLE, Minn. — A Minnesota Lottery winning ticket of nearly $550,000 recently was sold at a Bemidji business. Orton's Bemidji Cenex, located at 555 Paul Bunyan Drive NW in Bemidji, sold a Gopher 5 ticket worth $549,633, according to a release Thursday from the Minnesota Lottery. The business will receive a $5,000 bonus when the prize is claimed. The winning ticket matched all of the Gopher 5 numbers drawn Wednesday, Aug. 8 (15-22-23-27-31).
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the invasive algae starry stonewort in Medicine Lake, located in Plymouth in the Twin Cities. This is the first new confirmation of starry stonewort in Minnesota in 2018. There are now 12 lakes in Minnesota where starry stonewort has been confirmed, the DNR said in a news release.
ST. PAUL—The Minnesota attorney general has filed a lawsuit to overturn a recent decision by the federal government to allow the online publication of 3D-printed gun blueprints, a practice that was previously prohibited. "Easy online access to 3D-printed guns by criminals, terrorists, or others is a significant public safety risk," Attorney General Lori Swanson said in a statement. "Undetectable and untraceable 3D guns in the wrong hands should concern everyone."
ZIMMERMAN, Minn. -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is holding a public auction of confiscated fishing, hunting and trapping equipment on Saturday, Aug. 4. The auction includes 214 firearms, 59 bows and 47 other pieces of equipment, including deer stands, fishing poles, mounts and traps. All of the equipment was confiscated following serious game and fish violations, the DNR said.