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COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. -- Police said a Woodbury man avoided serious injuries when he drove a vehicle over an embankment and into a drainage pond near Wal-Mart in Cottage Grove. The incident happened shortly after 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26. According to police, the 74-year-old man was test-driving a vehicle when he drove through a fence in the store parking lot. The vehicle went over the roughly 8-foot embankment, landing in the pond along East Point Douglas Road. Bystanders helped pull the man from the vehicle, and police then assisted the bystanders out of the water.
A toddler reported missing early Tuesday has been found safe after his father and another man allegedly abducted him and stabbed the boy's mother. In a message on its Twitter page, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said 2-year-old Harlen Hulbert is safe after he was abducted at 6:55 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, from a home in south Minneapolis.
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- A Grand Forks native who once held the world record for shooting the most consecutive free throws has died. Dr. Tom Amberry, a retired podiatrist, died March 18 in Long Beach, according to media reports. He was 94 years old. Born Nov. 13, 1922, in Grand Forks, he was 6 feet 7 inches tall when he attended Grand Forks Central High School, according to Forum News Service archives. The left-handed shooter attended the University of North Dakota and played center for the basketball team.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- A 21-year-old St. Cloud State student last seen leaving a St. Cloud nightclub early Saturday morning, March 25, remains missing. Video footage shows Jesse Aaron Dady walking alone in the city after leaving the Red Carpet nightclub around 1:30 a.m. Friends last saw him during a scuffle at The Press Bar & Parlor, according to a Facebook post by Locate The Missing and shared by Stearns County. Dady is 6-foot, 150 pounds with blonde hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a bright orange hat, gray jacket and blue jeans, the post said.
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. — A former highway patrolman was sentenced to five years in prison for stealing nearly $70,000 in evidence money. Brian Biehl, 48, of Platte, S.D., was sentenced Friday to five years in prison and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine for taking $69,668 in money confiscated during drug searches while he was employed as a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper, according to the South Dakota Attorney General's Office.
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. — Four juveniles suffered minor injuries after allegedly stealing a vehicle Tuesday in Fort Thompson and leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase. A 13-year-old girl, driving a 2006 Chevrolet SUV, allegedly eluded police until the vehicle vaulted off an exit ramp, causing minor injuries for herself, a 14-year-old girl and two 10-year-old male passengers, according to Chamberlain Police Chief Joe Hutmacher.
BRAINERD, Minn. - A first-grader from Brainerd was critically injured in a crash during spring break, while on her way to Los Angeles, the child's mother said.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a bill written to drop electrical cooperatives and municipal utilities from Minnesota Public Utilities Commission oversight. The governor said the bill, written by Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar, would eliminate protections Minnesotans enjoy when the PUC regulates their electric operations. "I have heard from many Minnesotans in opposition to this bill," Dayton wrote in his veto letter. The governor told of a farmer who could not settle a dispute with his cooperative, but once the PUC got involved it was resolved.
LAKE ANDES, S.D. — An accidental shooting killed a 11-year-old Wagner boy Sunday, officials say. Officials with the Charles Mix County Sheriff’s office confirmed they responded to an incident of a shooting involving a juvenile between Lake Andes and Marty. Officials ruled it accidental. According to an obituary from Crosby Jaeger Funeral Home, 11-year-old Landon Martin died of an accident on March 19. No other information was available.
WARROAD, Minn.—A Canadian woman who was detained at a Minnesota port of entry Sunday, March 19, had a half-ounce of marijuana stashed inside her, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers said. CBP officials say a 26-year-old woman from Big Island, Ont., was crossing into the U.S. at the Warroad with two other Canadian citizens when the car was selected for a secondary inspection. The woman's name was not released by CBP.