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THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- A Thief River Falls man has been charged with a sex crime for allegedly inappropriately touching a child. Derek James Lian, 33, appeared Monday, Aug. 28, in Pennington County District Court on a second-degree felony count of criminal sexual conduct. He could face 25 years in prison if convicted on the charge that alleges he inappropriately touched a boy who is younger than 13 years old.
HUDSON, Wis.—Tweets linked to the recently appointed interim St. Croix Emergency Medical Services Chief have prompted an investigation after they were shared with the city of Hudson and Hudson Star-Observer by a group questioning Joe Elkin's continued employment at the city. An anonymous email signed "Concerned Citizens" from email@example.com shared 15 tweets from the now deleted account The Real Joe Elkin, handle @joekuhlshow.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — A truck driver found guilty of causing the death of a 16-year-old boy was sentenced Friday, Aug. 24, in Otter Tail County District Court to spend more than four years in prison. Jason Vadner, 36, of Wheaton, Minn., was sentenced to four years and two months. A jury found him guilty on charges of criminal vehicular homicide and misdemeanor careless driving after a head-on crash on April 13, 2017, killed high school sophomore Jacob Quam, of Vining, Minn.
BACKUS, Minn. -- Authorities on Friday released the name of a Wisconsin woman who drowned last weekend in a rural lake in north-central Minnesota. Panhia Danielle Yang, 37, Sheboygan, Wis., had been swimming near the shore of Ponto Lake, near Backus, about 60 miles south of Bemidji, on Saturday, Aug. 18, according to a release from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered the Minnesota National Guard to help in fighting a wildfire in the Beltrami Island State Forest in northwest Minnesota. The 500-acre wildfire broke out Wednesday, Aug. 22, as the result of of a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources prescribed burn meant to help manage brushlands, according to a release from the governor's office.
ONAMIA—A 22-year-old Sandstone man faces murder charges in connection with the stabbing death of a 45-year-old Onamia man in Mille Lacs County in east-central Minnesota.. Matthew Scott Smith appeared Wednesday, Aug. 22, in Mille Lacs County District Court in Milaca for a bail hearing. Bail was set at $600,000 without conditions and $300,000 with conditions. He faces second-degree intentional murder, second-degree murder without intent and third-degree murder while perpetrating an eminently dangerous act with a depraved mind.
ST. PAUL—Deer and deer management will highlight open house sessions hosted by area Department of Natural Resources wildlife managers across the state. The open houses are meant to enhance local relationships and foster two-way communication.
Days after investigators searching for Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts said they were focusing their efforts on five locations - a carwash, her boyfriend's home, a truck stop and two farms - the body of the 20-year-old has been found, The Associated Press reported.
ST. PAUL -- With the bear hunting season set to begin Saturday, Sept. 1, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asks that hunters avoid shooting research bears marked with distinctively large, colorful ear tags that have radio-collars.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A 57-year-old man died early Monday, Aug. 20, after being struck by a train in Detroit Lakes. Emergency dispatchers received a report at about 12:15 a.m. Monday that a southbound Canadian Pacific Railway train had struck a pedestrian at a railroad crossing at Willow Street, according to a news release from the Detroit Lakes Police Department.