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LITCHFIELD, Minn. – A Litchfield man was killed Wednesday in an industrial accident at a Watkins business. According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Todd Shoutz, 51, died at the scene of the incident, which was reported at 11:36 a.m. Oct. 5 at a business in the 500 block of Fourth Street North. Shoutz, a maintenance worker at the business, was reportedly working on a machine and became pinned in a piece of equipment, according to a news release.
TENNEY, Minn.—A 21-year-old construction worker died after falling 150 feet from the top of an elevator here Thursday afternoon, Oct. 5, the Wilkin County Sheriff's Office reported. The man was working at the Wheaton Dumont Co-op Elevator with two other men on a platform. They were adjusting another platform to connect to the platform that they were on when the man fell, the sheriff's office reported. The accident was reported about 2:45 p.m. Tenney is about 25 miles southeast of Wahpeton-Breckenridge.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Three people were arrested Thursday, Oct. 5, after an incident involving gunshots outside of a gas station just west of Bemidji. Police received a 911 call reporting gunshots at Pete's Place West at the 7100 block of Pete Lane NW, according to a release from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's deputies, Bemidji police and other law enforcement agencies responded to the scene.
ST. PAUL — P!NK is bringing her Beautiful Trauma Wolrd Tour 2018 tour to the Xcel Energy Center next March. In a news release Thursday, Oct. 5, Xcel announced the March 12 stop in St. Paul is among the 40-date North American arena tour stops for the international pop star. General admission tickets for P!NK, who has had four songs reach the No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100 and another 11 songs in the top 10, go on sale Oct. 13, and American Express members can purchase tickets Oct. 10-12. Ticket prices start at $47.45.
AITKIN, Minn.—A 34-year-old Palisade man was sentenced to 17½ years in prison for killing his infant daughter last November by throwing her 12 feet into the air and across a kitchen. John Douglas Peterson was convicted Sept. 27 in Aitkin County District Court of second-degree murder without intent in the death of the 5-week-old girl. A separate charge of second-degree felony murder was dismissed. Peterson was sentenced to serve his time at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud. He was given credit for 36 days already served.
A 19-year-old Pine River man admitted in Cass County District Court in Walker to sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl. William Pearl Schnoor was charged last fall with six felony criminal sexual conduct counts. He sexually assaulting the girl July 2, 2016, while staying at a relative's home in Pine River. The girl told investigators Schnoor woke her up and sexually assaulted her.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — A Minnesota state senator says she is running for the U.S. House of Representatives seat that serves southern Minnesota. However, Sen. Carla Nelson of Rochester would say little about her campaign on Monday, Oct. 2. "While I have decided to run for Congress, today is not a day for campaigning," she said. "This is a solemn day for our nation, a time when we need to come together and pray for the victims of Las Vegas, their families and all who have been affected by this tragedy."
KENSINGTON, Minn. -- A 33-year-old man Brandon was killed Sunday evening, Oct. 1, in a rollover crash near Kensington. Mitchell Brazel died in the crash about 8 p.m., the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Brazel was driving east on Elk Lake Road when he came to a T intersection on County Road 25. Brazel did not make the turn and his 2003 GMC Yukon went off the embankment and hit a tree at the bottom of the ditch. Brazel's body has been taken to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy.
MANKATO, Minn. -- The Minnesota River "strains under pressure from its geology, surrounding land use and changing climate," the state Pollution Control Agency reports after an extensive study. The MPCA reported on Monday, Oct. 2, that the river faces water quality issues from sediment that clouds the water, phosphorus that contributes to algae growth and nitrogen and bacteria that pose health risks.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a Minnesota case challenging a state law that allows sex offenders to remain locked up indefinitely. The court announced Monday, Oct. 2, that it will not take up the case. In not hearing it, the court allows an early 2017 ruling by a federal appeals court to stand. The appeals decision overturned a lower court decision that found the sex offender program unconstitutional. The appeals ruling removed requirements for immediate changes.