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ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Air National Guard has sent 41 airmen in recent days to help aid efforts after Hurricane Irma. Six Soldiers from the Minnesota Army National Guard also departed Monday morning, Sept. 11, to support relief efforts.
WAUBUN, MINN. -- Three people had to be airlifted to Sanford Medical in Fargo on Saturday, September 9 after crashing their vehicle. At approximately 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Kennedy Heisler, 18, of White Earth was driving a 2003 Oldsmobile eastbound on Highway 113 when his vehicle hit a driveway approach and vaulted.
FARMINGTON, Minn. -- A man is facing attempted murder and assault charges in connection to the non-fatal shooting of a 25-year-old woman Sunday night, Sept. 3, in a Farmington neighborhood. Nicholas Orion Carlson, 35, of Farmington, was charged Sept. 6 with attempted second-degree murder with intent to kill, first-degree assault and second-degree assault — all felonies. The attempted murder charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years if convicted.
SEBEKA, Minn. -- A predatory sex offender is being sought by the Wadena County Sheriff’s office in northwest Minnesota. The offender, Timothy George Bungert, 35, was last registered as living at Becker AvenueSouth in Sebeka. Bungert is about 6-feet tall, weighing 214 pounds, with hazel eyes, brown/gray hair and a medium build.
WILLMAR, Minn. — The swimming beach at Robbins Island Park in Willmar is closed until further notice because of high fecal counts. Employees are conducting tests and maintenance of the water and beach area, according to a news release from the Willmar Public Works Department. Once the water is safe to re-enter, the city will send out another public notification.
DICKINSON, N.D. — Fisher Sand and Gravel Co., based out of Dickinson, was awarded a contract to develop a prototype for construction of a wall along the southern border by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, according to a release from U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota's obesity rate among adults crept upwards in 2016, but remains below that of its neighbors, according to a national study released Thursday, Aug. 31. The study, by New Jersey-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, found 27.8 percent of adults in Minnesota were obese in 2016, up 1.7 percent from a year prior. That figure is good for 18th out of the country's 50 states and District of Columbia. South Dakota ranked 24th with 29.6 percent, Wisconsin was 29th (30.7 percent), North Dakota was 36th (31.9 percent) and Iowa was 39th (32 percent).
SUPERIOR, Wis. — Six people have been charged with trespassing after their protest on Tuesday morning, Aug. 29, stopped work on a segment of Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline construction in rural Douglas County, Wis.
BRAINERD, Minn. — A 30-year-old Ironton man faces 35 counts of criminal sexual conduct that allegedly took place at a Brainerd residence involving two minor children between 13 and 18 years old. Andrew Mark Donnelly was summoned Monday and notified Tuesday, Aug. 29, of his first appearance at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 16 in a Crow Wing County District courtroom in Brainerd.
PLANKINTON, S.D. — A Plankinton man was sentenced to 87 years in the state penitentiary for sexual abuse, officials announced Wednesday. Christian Thomas, 43, was convicted on May 6 on 26 counts including fourth-degree rape, sexual contact with a child under 16, sexual exploitation of a minor, aiding or abetting fourth-degree rape, aiding or abetting sexual contact with child under 16 and possession of child pornography.