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Prosecutors have dropped the remaining child pornography charge against a Hibbing priest who was found not guilty this summer of inappropriately touching four girls. A Hibbing jury in June acquitted Brian Michael Lederer on six counts of criminal sexual conduct. However, he still was facing potential prosecution on the felony child pornography charge, which a judge earlier ruled would have to be tried as a separate issue.
Last Friday, Paul and Debbie Velin went to visit their son Garth's gravesite. It was the anniversary of the day the 20-year-old was fatally shot inside his Superior home during a botched robbery attempt. Two years have passed, but the emotions are still raw for his parents. "Our lives are forever changed — sad, dark, ruined," Debbie Velin said Wednesday. "I find myself lately caring less and less. Waking up every morning exhausted. Falling in bed every night praying for a few hours of sleep before the nightmares and flashbacks start."
Ashland County taxpayers have forked over an extra $1.5 million since 2007 after a small town illegally exempted nearly all of its residents from paying property taxes, a lawsuit alleges. The suit, filed in Ashland County Circuit Court, claims that the Town of Sanborn misinterpreted a federal court decision in order to remove all properties owned by tribal members from the town's tax roll. Sanborn, with a population of 1,331, sits just east of Ashland and is located entirely within the Bad River Reservation.
Former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will return to Duluth next week to stump for Hillary Clinton and other candidates on the Democratic ticket. The Vermont senator is set to appear...
Derrick Angelo Harper has spent most of his adult life in prison. At 19, he was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and sentenced to nine years in state prison. In 2000, just a few years after his release, he robbed a Minneapolis bank and was arrested in Duluth, where he was living under an assumed name. For that crime, he was sent to federal prison for a term of nearly five years.
Two adults have been charged and the victim has been identified in last weekend’s drive-by shooting in Hermantown. Robert John Lund, 46, of Duluth, was arraigned Wednesday in State District...
A 51-year-old woman faces six felony charges after allegedly collecting more than $31,000 in public assistance in Minnesota while living in Superior. An arrest warrant was issued this week in State District Court in Duluth for Barbara Almeta Dixon, whose current address and whereabouts are unknown. She is charged with three counts of wrongfully obtaining assistance, one count of theft by swindle, and two counts of perjury by willful and false declaration.
One person was injured and four others are in custody after a reported drive-by shooting late Saturday in Hermantown. The Hermantown Police Department said a 20-year-old Superior man was hit...
It was a situation that had the potential to turn deadly. A man was standing atop the Oliver Bridge, refusing to leave. The suspect pulled out a machete when confronted by a Canadian National Railroad police officer. The 33-year-old then pointed the weapon in the direction of the officer and yelled, "Why don't you pull your gun and kill me?" The officer called Duluth police for help removing the 33-year-old man, who apparently was experiencing a mental health crisis.
Dennis Edwards had just finished his shift at the Duluth Fire Department and was preparing to go home on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Instead, he found himself fixated...