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ARLINGTON, Texas — Wednesday marked the 179th time Hector Santiago has climbed atop the mound in a major league game. In many ways this might have been his most difficult assignment.
MANKATO, Minn. -- It felt like an earthquake, according to residents. However, about 11 a.m. Wednesday it was a scheduled blast at the 54-acre Jefferson Quarry on the northwest side of Mankato that sent a tremor through the city and even rattled buildings at other locations in the Minnesota River Valley in southcentral Minnesota. Police said the blast was amplified by atmospheric conditions to create the equivalent of a 2.8 Richter scale earthquake.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A confidential informant purchased thousands of dollars worth of protected eagle parts, as well those from other migratory birds in danger, mostly from a group of three tribal members and also a Rapid City family in a two-year undercover operation that spread across four states, the U.S. attorney for South Dakota announced Monday, April 24. Dubbed Project Dakota Flyer, the informant with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made the purchases starting in 2014 and lasting into 2016 involving 15 people in South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Randy Seiler has announced that 15 people have been indicted for illegal trafficking of eagles and other migratory birds following a two-year undercover operation. The names of those indicted have not yet been released, but Seiler and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be holding a news conference at 2 p.m. Monday, April 24, at the Outdoor Campus in Rapid City to further discuss the operation. The indictments will be unsealed that day, said Ace Crawford of the U.S. attorney's office.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Boats circled Lake Agnes and Lake Henry again Monday in search of an Alexandria man last seen on Thursday, April 6. Clothing and credit cards belonging to Ryan Johnson, 32, of Alexandria, were found along the shore of Lake Agnes on Sunday, Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels said. Family members, who reported him missing Saturday evening, confirmed the clothing belonged to Johnson.
LITCHFIELD, Minn. — The Meeker County Sheriff's Office has located and made contact with John Rassat, who was announced missing in central Minnesota west of the Twin Cities on Saturday afternoon. The news release on Monday said Rassat is safe and the missing status has been removed. The Sheriff's Office thanked everyone who helped with the search and called with information.
MINOT, N.D. — A Minot woman and her family had a joyous reunion this week with their 17-year-old dachshund who was found deep in a city storm sewer about 13 hours after it was reported missing. Charrity Harvey's longtime pet, whom she called "my firstborne child," had disappeared from her home about 11 p.m. Monday, Apr. 3, in the northwest part of the city. She had been having seizures and would get restless at times and took off. The family looked for more than two hours that night.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office has listed the provisional manner and cause of death of a Brainerd man missing since the fall of 2014 as undetermined, Brainerd Police Chief Corky McQuiston stated Tuesday in an email. The body of Mark Weizant was found March 25 on private property not far from the Mississippi River in a undeveloped wooded area about 2 miles south and west from where he was last seen in Brainerd.
NEW RICHMOND, Wis.—This little piggy won't go to market. A 250-pound pig who jumped off a truck at 70 mph on the way to a Sioux Falls, S.D., slaughterhouse and survived in now living at a farm sanctuary northeast of the Twin Cities, where the caretaker says "Wally" is an "amazing pig." Kara Breci, the founder of SoulSpace Sanctuary in New Richmond, Wis., just northeast of the Twin Cities said Wally arrived at his new home this past weekend, sniffed around a bit and "he decided this place is going to be OK."
SPEARFISH, S.D.—A candlelight vigil is planned for Tuesday night, April 4, at the site of a multi-family dwelling where five children—all sleeping in the same upstairs bedroom—died early Saturday morning in a fire. The children were from different families, although Spearfish Lt. Boyd Dean said he didn't know exactly how many families are involved as some were stepchildren.