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BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Forum Communications launched a new hockey website, The RinkLive.com , this week -- in advance of 2019 Hockey Day Minnesota -- to provide coverage of college and high school teams from across Minnesota and North Dakota.
DULUTH — A Duluth man now faces two potential murder counts after the 70-year-old victim of a Park Point home invasion assault died over the weekend. St. Louis County prosecutor Rebekka Stumme filed a motion to amend the criminal complaint Monday, Jan 14, against 30-year-old Darrel Darryl Mayhew. The amended complaint, which still must be reviewed by a judge, adds two counts of second-degree murder in the death of Larry Watczak to existing robbery and burglary charges.
BADGER, Minn. -- A Badger man has been charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct for allegedly touching a minor girl inappropriately over a span of years. John Oliver Dybedahl, 43, was charged with three counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and three counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree for allegedly touching a minor child inappropriately multiple times over several years.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Tom Rukavina, a feisty Iron Range politician who made his mark in the Minnesota House and ended his political career last week as a St. Louis County commissioner, has died. Rukavina, 68, died Monday, Dec. 7, after a yearlong battle with leukemia. Rukavina died at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, where he was being treated to receive a bone marrow transplant.
ROSEVILLE, Minn. -- A $1 million winning lottery ticket was sold in Crookston, officials announced Tuesday, Jan. 1. The Minnesota Lottery said the Crookston ticket, for the game Minnesota Millionaire Raffle, was purchased at Superpumper, 1749 University Ave., and was one of two $1 million tickets sold for Tuesday’s drawing, the other was sold in Ely, Minn. The $1 million prize-winning numbers, in ascending order were: 091593 442917
ST. PAUL — The suspect in a fatal shooting in Hibbing on Christmas was apprehended by police Friday night, Dec. 28. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Jerome Spann, 29, was booked into the Ramsey County Adult Detention Center on suspicion of murder and other possible charges. Spann was sought in the shooting incident that left one person dead and another injured in Hibbing on Tuesday, Dec. 25. Spann fled the scene and was believed to have been traveling to St. Paul, where he has relatives.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- In approving a strategic vision plan looking ahead to 2030, Augustana University said Thursday night, Dec. 13, that Division I athletics will be in its future.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- A wintry night celestial display is in store as the Geminid meteor shower promises one of the strongest showings of the year Thursday, Dec. 13, and Friday. And this year, mild temperatures in the 20s should provide for more pleasant viewing -- as long as the clouds give way as predicted. The National Weather Service forecast calls for mostly clear skies with a slight southern breeze.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — Leech Lake anglers will be able to keep a wider size range of walleye starting on the 2019 fishing opener, officials announced Monday, Dec. 10. “Walleye abundance in Leech Lake is currently at a point that we can provide anglers additional harvest opportunity beginning in May,” said Doug Schultz, Walker area fisheries supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in a press release. “We got here through protective fishing regulations and consistently good year classes over the past 10 years.”
LAKE LILLIAN, Minn. – Two people escaped injury Friday night, Dec. 7, when the vehicle they were in plunged through the ice on the north side of Lake Lillian. According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, a vehicle was pulling a fish house when it went through the ice. The vehicle and fish house were partially submerged. The driver and a passenger were able to get out of the vehicle without assistance. In a news release, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office said the condition of ice can be variable and to proceed with caution on area lakes.