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ST. PAUL — Brainerd city officials committed unfair labor practices by unilaterally eliminating full-time firefighter positions in 2015, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled.
FORT RIPLEY, Minn.—The U.S. Postal Service will cease postal operations at its Fort Ripley Post Office after losing its lease. The last day of operation will be Oct. 20. Fort Ripley is a leased facility that was recently sold. The new owner is not interested in having the Postal Service as a tenant and therefore is not renewing the lease, a news release stated.
WOONSOCKET, S.D. — A Woonsocket woman has been arrested for forgery and grand theft. Jenni Greenway, 38, is charged with four counts of forgery and one count of grand theft, all of which are felonies. Sanborn County authorities said Greenway was arrested Saturday, Oct. 6. A complaint alleging the crimes was filed on Sept. 26. She is a sister to former Minnesota Vikings player Chad Greenway.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — A mom and her two children were killed in a car crash Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 3, at an intersection near Minnesota Highway 32 just north of Thief River Falls. Police said they are still trying to piece together what happened, but they said the mom pulled out in front of an oncoming pickup. The mom and both her children were ejected from the car. It's believed they were all buckled, and the kids were in car seats, but the impact was so strong it may have broken the seatbelts. The teenage driver of the pickup was unharmed.
WARREN, Minn. -- A St. Hilaire, Minn., man faces three years in prison after being charged with soliciting a child to engage in sexual conduct. Kyle Adam Keefe, 21, appeared Tuesday morning, Oct. 2, in Marshall County District Court on the felony charge. Court documents detail how the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report alleging Keefe was engaging in inappropriate behavior with a child.
DILWORTH, Minn. — A northwestern Minnesota school district is changing its evacuation procedures after a woman was reported holding a gun in her own doorway as students were executing a fire drill at a neighboring school. Students and staff at the Dilworth Elementary and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Middle School site, a school just east of Moorhead, told authorities they noticed the woman during the drill Monday, Oct. 1, according to a joint statement released by the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton School District, the Dilworth Police Department and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
ST. PAUL -- Round Lake in Otter Tail County is the latest body of water in Minnesota to have zebra mussels. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said zebra mussels were found on equipment being removed for the season on Round Lake’s eastern shore. The DNR said no additional zebra mussels were discovered during a follow-up search on several other areas of the lake. Nearby, but not connected, Rush Lake had a confirmed case of zebra mussels last year. Both lakes are about eight miles south of Perham.
ST. PAUL — In honor and remembrance of Minnesota Corrections Officer Joseph Michael Parise, Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered U.S. and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset Tuesday, Oct. 2, at state and federal buildings in Minnesota. Parise died in the line of duty after experiencing a medical emergency at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Oak Park Heights on Monday, Sept. 24. A celebration of Parise’s life with public safety honors will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel in Minneapolis.
HUDSON, Wis. -- A Pierce County Sheriff's Office deputy was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of child sexual assault. According to the Pierce County Jail log, Allen J. Wojcik, 31, was booked at 5:32 p.m. Sept. 26 on suspicion of second-degree sexual assault of a child. He was transferred to the St. Croix County jail, where he was also listed on a Wednesday jail log.
PRESHO, S.D. — A 2-year-old boy from Howard died Monday, Sept. 24, in a farming accident in south-central South Dakota, authorities said. Jed Haak got trapped in a grain auger-conveyor machine in rural Lyman County before he was transported via ambulance to a Chamberlain hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. Authorities said the child's family has land in Lyman County, between Kennebec and Presho.