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ST. PAUL -- Fines will increase Aug. 1 in Minnesota for drivers who fail to stop for a school bus with activated lights and the crossing arm fully extended. The fine will jump to $500 from $300. In the past six years, law enforcement across the state wrote nearly 9,000 stop arm violation citations, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said. During the annual School Bus Stop Arm Survey earlier this year, 3,659 bus drivers across the state reported 703 stop arm violations in just one day.
A 33-year-old Pequot Lakes man is accused of choking and assaulting a female victim and threatening to kill himself with a gun. Aaron William Sheffield had his first appearance Friday in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd where he was charged with two felonies of domestic assault by strangulation and endangering a child in a situation that could cause harm or death; gross misdemeanor of interrupting an emergency call; and three misdemeanor domestic assault counts.
LITCHFIELD, Minn. – A Grove City, Minn., man has pleaded guilty to one felony charge connected to an incident in which he choked a man, hit him with a beer bottle and threatened people with an ax. KC Matthew Cline, 26, of Grove City, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Meeker County District Court in Litchfield. He was originally charged with five felonies and pleaded guilty to second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. The other four charges were dismissed in a plea agreement.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota's unadjusted job count passed the 3 million mark in June for the first time ever, according to figures released last week by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The agency said the state added 4,400 jobs in June on a seasonally adjusted basis and has gained 77,478 jobs over the past year, the biggest over-the-year job gain since May 1998. Job growth in Minnesota is up 2.6 percent over the past year, compared with a national job growth rate of 1.5 percent.
MENAHGA, Minn. — A 66-year-old Menahga man has died and another was flown from the scene with serious injuries following a two-vehicle crash Friday morning, July 21. The crash happened approximately 1 mile north of Menahga on U.S. Highway 71. The Minnesota State Patrol said Randall Lee Hinz died in the crash.
DULUTH — Duluth Mayor Emily Larson had been on the job for just over six months when the storm hit. On July 21, 2016, she was on vacation with her family, camping in Michigan, when she received word of the storm that brought 100 mph wind gusts to parts of the city and caused widespread devastation across the region. Thousands of Northland residents lost power for days. Larson said it took no more than a 45-second meeting for her family to agree that the trip should be cut short.
WILLMAR, Minn. – A Cosmos man charged with hitting his estranged wife with a car and kidnapping her has pleaded guilty in Kandiyohi County District Court in central Minnesota. Cesar Octavia Garcia-Gonzalez, 38, is to be sentenced Sept. 25 on a felony charge of kidnapping to commit great bodily harm or terrorize. In a plea agreement, seven other charges against him will be dismissed.
WILLMAR, Minn. — A fiber-optic line to bring high-speed internet service to northwestern Kandiyohi County is in jeopardy, and another Minnesota community could benefit. About 100 more people are needed to sign up and pay a $25 commitment fee by the July 21 deadline. If enough people don't sign up, the project won't happen.
WILLISTON, N.D. — The founder and CEO of Facebook spent Tuesday, July 11, in North Dakota, visiting Williston to learn more about the oil industry and taking a trip to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Mark Zuckerberg wrote a lengthy message on his Facebook page about the visit, encouraging followers to “get out and learn about all perspectives on issues” even while noting that “stopping climate change is one of the most important challenges of our generation.”
DULUTH, Minn. — The University of Minnesota Duluth broke ground Tuesday, July 11, for its long-awaited, $42 million Chemistry and Advanced Material Science building. University, local and state officials gathered to throw the ceremonial first shovelfuls of dirt on the site where the CAMS building will be constructed — Lot B, across University Drive from the Darland Administration Building.