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OAKDALE, Minn. -- Two Illinois men are being charged in Washington County with one count each of felony aiding and abetting possession of untaxed tobacco products, according to the Minnesota Department of Revenue. According to the criminal complaint, Mohamad Tlaib of Palos Hills and Hamdi Nimer of Tinley Park were stopped Nov. 9, 2017, on Interstate 94 near the St. Croix Weigh Station by a Minnesota trooper after bypassing the open weigh station in a white unmarked straight truck.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota law enforcement made nearly 25,000 arrests for driving while intoxicated in 2017 and 42 officers were honored Thursday at a Minnesota Twins game as the 11th DWI enforcer all-star team. In 2017, the all-stars made 2,751 DWI arrests in Minnesota. On average, three people every hour are arrested for DWI in the state. Minneapolis police officer Steve Wuorinen led the way with 165 arrests in the Twin Cities. In outstate Minnesota, State Trooper Mitch Elzen arrested 123 drunk drivers.
DES MOINES, Iowa — A stolen tow truck from Minnesota was found at an Iowa auto shop where police say a Fergus Falls, Minn., man was killed during an attempted burglary. Police said the truck was taken from Beyer's Towing in Fergus Falls early Sunday morning, July 8. The truck, which has company logos on the side, was found Wednesday morning at Kraft 5-Star Muffler in Des Moines. The muffler shop owner is accused of fatally shooting 37-year-old Amund Haarstad of Fergus Falls just before the truck was found. Thomas Kraft, 67, has yet to face any charges.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- A 38-year-old Brainerd man was struck and killed by a BNSF Railway train during the early morning hours Wednesday, July 11, in Brainerd, railroad officials reported. The fatality was reported about 2:35 a.m. A BNSF statement from spokeswoman Amy McBeth said a person was lying on the tracks when the train approached. The person was not at a designated crossing, McBeth said.
WARREN, Minn. -- A 27-year-old northwest Minnesota man has been accused of forcing a woman to have sex with him last month. Justen James Lawrence Ekholm, 27, of Alvarado, which is about 12 miles north of Grand Forks along the North Dakota border, appeared Tuesday in Marshall County District Court on a third-degree felony count of criminal sexual conduct, a crime that carries a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison.
HAGER CITY, Wis --- Life-saving efforts by a Hager City mother and emergency responders were too late to save a boy who drowned last week in a Pierce County swimming pool. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said 3-year-old Ryker B. Tipton died Friday, July 6, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester after he was pulled from a pool the previous night by his mother, Ashlee Peterson. Hager City is across the Mississippi River from Red Wing, Minn.
KIMBALL, Minn. -- A 56-year-old Lakeville woman was killed when the motorcycle she was driving collided with a pickup truck head-on west of Kimball in central Minnesota Monday afternoon, July 9. Sheri Sue Tilley was westbound on Highway 55 around 12:50 p.m. when her bike hit the left front tire area of the pickup, the Minnesota State Patrol said. Tilley, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene. The driver of the pickup, Matthew Diwi of Ramsey, 25, was hospitalized with injuries that were not life threatening. Kimball is about 20 miles southwest of St. Cloud.
MINNEAPOLIS—The final grants, coming from the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee's legacy fund of almost $77,000, were awarded to 52 organizations. The Legacy Fund invested more than $5.5 million to communities across the state in the 52 weeks leading up to Super Bowl LII last February at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The final dividend grants, at $1,475 each, will be used to supplement previous grants to those 52 organizations by the host committee.
CROSSLAKE, Minn. -- The body of the 60-year-old swimmer who failed to resurface after swimming on Adney Lake southeast of Crosslake and near Brainerd on Sunday, July 8, has been recovered.
IRONTON, Minn. -- A 29-year-old northern Minnesota man remained in critical condition on Friday, July 6, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis after a firework exploded in his face. The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched at 10:14 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, in Ironton to a medical call involving fireworks. Upon arrival, deputies observed an ambulance transporting Derek Amerud to Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby with an apparent injury to his face.