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FRAZEE, Minn. — Officers discharged tasers and a firearm, injuring a man after a welfare check on Saturday, July 20, escalated into a confrontation with a possibly suicidal man at a home on County Highway 29 just north of Frazee. As a result of the ongoing conversation between the man and Becker County 911 personnel, officers learned the subject was threatening to injure himself.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office created a new unit to investigate wage theft, according to a statement released Monday, July 15. Gov. Tim Walz signed a new law that invested $3.1 million in the Department of Labor and Industry to enforce wage and hour laws. The new law is designed to protect workers from exploitative employers who do not pay them for their work. The legislation adds criminal penalties for employers.
BREEZY POINT, Minn. — The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office released the name of the boater found dead in Little Pelican Lake after he was reported missing Monday night, July 15.
BRAINERD, Minn. — Fleet Farm announced Wednesday, July 10, it would be moving to new corporate headquarters in Wisconsin, affecting as many as 70 jobs in Brainerd. The Fleet Farm Group LLC agreed to purchase a 192,000-square-foot office building in Appleton, Wis., with a goal of bringing six of its locations under one roof -- while remaining in Appleton.
MORRIS, Minn. — A teenager from Montevideo has died following a head-on crash Monday, July 8, south of Morris. Madeline Noelle Gorham, 18, was airlifted to a hospital in Fargo where she died of injuries sustained in the collision, the Minnesota State Patrol said Tuesday. She was driving a 2014 Ford Taurus and was northbound on Minnesota Highway 59 when she struck a Minnesota Department of Transportation truck that was working along the shoulder of the highway near Stevens County Road 8. Her vehicle then entered the southbound lane where it was struck by a southbound semi.
ST. PAUL — In honor of pilot Timothy McDonald, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the state of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Tuesday, July 9. McDonald died while on duty in a helicopter crash in Brainerd. He worked as a pilot for North Memorial Health Air Care for the past four years, following his service in the U.S. Army as an aviation warrant officer and as a paramedic for North Memorial. He leaves behind a wife, four children and his parents.
UNDERWOOD, Minn. — A Minnesota man is facing indecent exposure charges after he was arrested for allegedly fishing on his pontoon in the nude. Court documents say the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office was called to Turtle Lake in Underwood, Minn., at approximately 8:20 am on July 1 for a report of a man fishing on his pontoon in the nude. The caller told police the naked man was about 50 feet from their dock, standing up and in full view of their picture window.
As the Miss Minnesota crown was placed on her head, Kathryn Rose Kueppers looked into the crowd at this past weekend’s competition and spotted her mom. There were tears. There were hugs. And there were smiles. If anyone would know what the 21-year-old Mendota Heights woman was feeling at that moment, it would be her mom. Vicki Plaster Kueppers (then Vicki Plaster) was crowned Miss Minnesota herself in 1983. Now she was watching it happening to her 21-year-old daughter.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — The Otter Tail County Recycling Center in Fergus Falls was evacuated Thursday, June 20, after somebody left an artillery round in their hazardous waste removal area. Police said they were called out after the artillery round was dropped off around 10 a.m. The Crow Wing County Bomb Squad will be brought out to remove the artillery round. Police weren't sure if it's illegal to have an artillery round or how old this particular one was.
PARKERS PRAIRIE, Minn. — A 41-year-old Parkers Prairie man died after he was trampled by a bull or cows on his farm over the weekend. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a report about the death of Craig Allen Thoennes at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15 west of Parkers Prairie. Deputies responded to the scene and talked with family members. Deputies found Thoennes' body near a shed in the cow yard where two cows and a bull were roaming free there and in the yard.