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GREEN BAY, Wis. — A handful of stores in Upper Midwestern states are slated to close after general merchandise retailer Shopko announced it has filed voluntary petitions for financial restructuring under the Chapter 11 bankruptcy code.
MANKATO, Minn. — A video of a toddler from southern Minnesota whose car seat fell out of a moving vehicle onto a busy road has gone viral, gaining national and international media attention. The scene was captured by a Mankato man's dashcam and uploaded to Facebook Monday, Jan. 14.
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.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. - A Little Falls group can again reclaim the world’s largest ice carousel. The diameter of the massive disc of ice -- carved out by chain saws and rigged to spin with the use of trolling motors -- exceeded the length of a football field by a long shot and is longer than the Foshay Tower in Minneapolis is tall.
OLIVIA, Minn. — A convenience store employee is hospitalized after being shot Friday morning at a combination gas station, convenience store and auto repair shop in Fairfax. The Renville County Sheriff’s Office said a suspect has been arrested. The Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from the store at 7:59 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, reporting that someone inside the office had been shot. Subsequent information was received indicating the suspect had been disarmed and the victim had been shot in the hand and face, the department said in a news release.
MINNEAPOLIS — A 78-year-old Brainerd woman died Saturday, Jan. 5, at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis after suffering complications of thermal injuries in a burning incident a day earlier, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office reported. The examiner’s office identified the woman as Janet Arlene Fraune.
ST. PAUL - More than 300 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota combined to make 2,757 arrests for drunken driving during a holiday enforcement campaign, an increase of nearly 4 percent from 2,656 a year ago. During the Nov. 21-Dec. 29 campaign, 15 drivers were reported to have a blood-alcohol content level of .30 or higher, the highest being .424 reported by University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) police, the Department of Public Safety said. Among the arrests:
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — The victim’s told Joshua Holby she doesn’t blame his family or harbor any ill feelings toward them. However, she told him, as well as everyone in the courtroom, that she does feel hatred toward him and that she will never forgive him for what he did to her daughter. Holby, 32, was sentenced in Douglas County District Court by Judge Timothy Churchwell to 86 months in prison after pleading guilty in September to two counts of kidnapping, a felony-level offense. Under the guidelines and because he has no prior criminal record, Holby received the 86-month sentence.
Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found sitting in a vehicle near Interstate 29 in north Grand Forks. Officers responded at 5:30 p.m. Monday to conduct a welfare check on a man in a vehicle, according to a news release. Police found the man had died, though it’s unclear how long the vehicle was at the location, the release said. “There is no reason to believe there is a threat to society, nor are we seeking any persons at this time,” police said in the release.
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.