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AVON, Minn. -- A central Minnesota pastor faces third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges as authorities are investigating his relationship with a parishioner he was counseling.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — Deer hunters will have more options this season, thanks to a rebounding population, officials said. According to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, "favorable" winter weathers and previously conservative hunting regulations have led to stable and growing deer populations around the state. The DNR will allow hunters to use bonus permits to harvest more than one deer in more areas than in previous years; fewer areas will require hunters to apply in a lottery to shoot an antlerless deer.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Law enforcement have identified the woman found dead in Lake Bemidji on Wednesday as Amber R. Jackson and it’s not known yet if foul play was involved although no evidence of trauma was found in an autopsy.. Jackson, 32, of nearby Cass Lake, was discovered in the water near the Bemidji Tourist Information Center. A coroner has determined that she drowned.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota governor candidate state Rep. Erin Murphy suggests using money collected from online sales to be used to expand the state's high-speed internet broadband network. The Democrat said that should provide more than $100 million a year for broadband. State officials expect $132 million to $206 million annually from new sales tax collections. The U.S. Supreme Court last month ruled that businesses not inside the state still must pay sales tax.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota will require businesses to begin collecting taxes on most online sales Oct. 1. The Revenue Department announced Wednesday, July 25, the date it will enforce existing state law. The decision came after a June 21 U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a South Dakota case that states can require businesses not located with their boundaries to collect the tax. Before the ruling, often only businesses within states were forced to pay sales taxes, although some online firms did collect them.
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- A Michigan man has been arrested for climbing Mount Rushmore. Zachary Schossau, 19, of South Rockwood, Mich., was arrested by park rangers on Sunday, July 22. On Monday, he was ordered by U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollman to pay a $1,000 fine and $30 in court fees, according to a Department of Justice news release. “Please be respectful and stay off the Rushmore Memorial,” U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons said. “The terrain is hazardous, and it ends in federal court.”
HASTINGS, Minn. — The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office recovered a drowning victim in the Vermillion River near Hastings on Tuesday, July 24. The Sheriff’s Office stated in a press release that authorities began searching for Maung Ngae, 30, of St. Paul around 9 p.m. Monday. His body was recovered just before 2 a.m. early the next morning.
MINNEAPOLIS — Before U.S. Bank Stadium hosts the Final Four next spring, the University of Minnesota and several other teams from the region will play in the first basketball games at the Vikings' venue this fall. North Dakota State and South Dakota State will also be part of the first-ever men's basketball event at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. The "U.S. Bank Stadium Basketball Classic" will feature four games played, headlined by Minnesota playing Oklahoma State on Nov. 30.
LUTSEN, Minn. -- The victim of a fluke accident along the North Shore near Lutsen that occurred on Monday evening has been identified. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office said Dayna Lynn Anderson, 59, of Edina, Minn., died when she was pinned under the vehicle she had been driving on Cascade Beach Road around 6:30 p.m. A passenger, Julie Anne Fasciana of St. Paul, was uninjured.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson joined several other states Monday, July 23, in a brief to stop the cancellation of the Deferred Action of Early Childhood Arrivals program. DACA protects 800,000 young Dreamers who were brought to the U.S. as small children from being deported, a statement from Swanson’s office said. The brief was filed in Texas v. the United States in the District Court for the Southern District of Texas.