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Extension of sewer, water to airport is highlighted

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 8:55pm

Minnesota House DFLers placed a spotlight Monday on a bonding project that Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport officials said they need in order to comply with a State Fire Marshal mandate — the extension of Brainerd water and sewer to the airport.

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Minor flooding reported in Aitkin

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 7:59pm

The National Weather Service (NWS) Monday issued a flood warning for the Mississippi River in Aitkin and Crow Wing counties.

At 9:30 a.m. Monday, the stage at the Mississippi River at Aitkin was reported by NWS to be 12.8 feet. Flood stage is 12 feet. Minor flooding was occurring and was forecast to continue. The river is expected to continue to fall below flood stage by Saturday.

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Cold Weather Rule expires April 15

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 7:59pm

Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule expires Tuesday, April 15 and Xcel Energy advises customers with past due bills to contact the company as soon as possible to make payment arrangements.

“We appreciate and support the efforts of customers who have sought assistance and made consistent payments during the winter months,” said Pat Boland, manager, customer policy and assistance. “Our partnership with local Community Action Programs has resulted in customers receiving needed energy assistance. Funds are still available, so we encourage customers to apply.”

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Jury selection begins in Byron Smith murder trial

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 6:44pm

LITTLE FALLS — Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of Byron Smith of rural Little Falls. Smith admitted in November 2012 to shooting two teenagers, Nick Brady and Haile Kifer, after the pair allegedly entered Smith’s home without permission.

Judge Douglas Anderson said the ultimate question in the case was whether Smith’s action in shooting the teens multiple times was within the scope of the law that allows individuals to protect their home with lethal force while preventing a felony from being committed and danger is perceived.

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Video News: Three Ways to NOT Pay Taxes... Legally

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 4:31pm

April 14 (Bloomberg) – The wealthy and shrewd have ways around pesky financial obligations, like paying taxes.

With a little planning they can reduce their tax exposure to, sometimes, zero. And the best part? What they're doing is completely legal.

Bloomberg Businessweek's Brendan Greeley explains how clever, law-abiding citizens have managed to give the taxman the slip. (Source: Bloomberg)

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Video News: Dogs getting sick from eating pot

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:56pm

Arizona vets see a rise in the number of pets that get sick from eating their owners marijuana.

Doctors say they are seeing an average of 24 cases a month of doped up dogs - twice the number as seen in years before. While garden grown marijuana can give dogs a sick stomach, synthetic pot can be potentially poisonous to a pooch.

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Florida woman survives bear mauling; jaws clamped on her head

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:20pm

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A Central Florida woman was recovering at home on Monday after a bear knocked her down outside her house, clamped its jaw on her head and tried to drag her away on Saturday, her husband said.

Terri Frana, 44, of Lake Mary, received stitches and staples in the back of her head to close a wound, and had visible gashes on her forehead, back and around her mouth, according to Greg Workman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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California flight diverted after man tries to open door mid-flight

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 2:26pm

(Reuters) - A Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to Sacramento was rerouted to Omaha, Nebraska after a passenger tried to open a cabin door during flight, authorities said on Monday.

The Sunday flight set down at the Eppley Airfield after an unruly passenger, identified as Joshua Carl Lee Suggs, pushed past a flight attendant and tried to open one of the rear doors while the plane was flying, according to papers filed by the Nebraska U.S. Attorney's Office in federal court.

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Bail set at $6 million for Utah woman suspected of infant killings

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 2:04pm

(Reuters) - A judge set bail at $6 million on Monday for a Utah woman suspected of killing six infants after giving birth to them, then stuffing their bodies into cardboard boxes which were found at a house where she used to live.

Police said Megan Huntsman, 39, admitted under questioning that she strangled or suffocated the babies immediately after their births.

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Ohio man sentenced to wear 'BULLY' sign is jeered, taunted

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 1:48pm

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio man sentenced by a judge to spend Sunday wearing a sign reading "I AM A BULLY" at a busy suburban Cleveland intersection was greeted by a boisterous stream of honking car horns, jeers and insults.

Edmond Aviv, 62, clad in a hat and dark sunglasses, sat slumped in a green plastic chair holding the cardboard sign that is punishment for his treatment of a neighbor, whose husband suffers from dementia, and her seven children, several of whom have disabilities and use wheelchairs.

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Wet, snowy conditions will require temporary road and trail closures

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 1:05pm

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will need to close many roads and trails temporarily in state forests, state parks, recreation areas and wildlife management areas, due to wet, snowy conditions. Road and trail conditions are deteriorating rapidly this spring, and many are not yet firm enough to support vehicle traffic without being damaged. The temporary closures could remain in effect until sometime in May, depending on weather conditions.

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Two runners die in North Carolina half-marathon

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:25am

(Reuters) - Two runners competing in a half-marathon in Raleigh, North Carolina, collapsed and died on Sunday, officials said.

The runners were among some 12,000 participants in the race, one in a series of half and full Rock'n'Roll marathons held across the United States and abroad but for the first time in Raleigh, said Dan Cruz, spokesman for the marathon series.

Details on the deaths were still being gathered, but one runner apparently collapsed near the finish line and the other further back on the 13.1-mile (21-km) course, Cruz said.

The race continued, he said.

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Woman accused of paying babysitter with meth, selling drug near school

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:07am

CROOKSTON - A Nielsville woman who allegedly paid a babysitter with methamphetamine faces charges of possessing and distributing the drug near a Crookston school.

A criminal complaint was filed April 5 in district court in Crookston against Tonya Ruth Buschette-Gunderson, 39, outlining charges including five felony charges involving drug crimes and assault and five counts of gross misdemeanor endangerment of a child, stemming from December.

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Rancher's son says force was necessary to stop cattle seizure

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 9:55am

BUNKERVILLE, Nevada (Reuters) - A show of force was necessary to stop the government seizure and sale of embattled cattle rancher Cliven Bundy's cows, his son said on Sunday, a day after an armed standoff between federal agents and hundreds of Bundy's supporters.

"We were dedicated to opening those gates and peacefully walking through to retrieve those cattle," Ammon Bundy said in an interview. "The presence of weapons was needed in order to intimidate them."

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Utah woman arrested after police find seven dead infants at home

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 9:47am

(Reuters) - A Utah woman was arrested and booked on suspicion of murder on Sunday after police found the decomposing bodies of seven infants stuffed in separate cardboard boxes in her former home, authorities said.

The current owners of the home in Pleasant Grove, Utah, called police on Saturday after finding an infant's remains while cleaning out their garage, Pleasant Grove Police Captain Michael Roberts said.

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Woman accused of endangering kids while driving drunk

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 9:24am

DETROIT LAKES - A Detroit Lakes woman faces several criminal charges after driving drunk with children in the vehicle, authorities said.

Taynee Lee Lohnes, 24, was charged in Becker County District Court with felony drug possession, along with two gross misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated, three gross misdemeanor counts of child endangerment and one misdemeanor count of driving without a valid license.

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Willmar teen begins life sentence in St. Cloud prison

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 9:23am

WILLMAR - The Willmar man sentenced last week to life in prison without parole for killing an elderly woman last summer is now in state Department of Corrections custody.

Brok Junkermeier, 19, is in the Minnesota Correctional Facility at St. Cloud, according to the department’s website. The prison’s inmate profile information says Junkermeier is one of only four offenders currently at that prison serving life without parole.

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Broadside crash injures two women

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 8:42pm

Broadside crash injures two women

Both drivers suffered injuries in a crash about noon Friday on Highway 23 in Mille Lacs County.

Jody Alderink, 50, Milaca, and Janet Cassidy, 45, Foreston, suffered non life-threatening, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.

Alderink was driving a Jeep Liberty south onto Highway 23 when she was struck broadside. The crash was at 125th Avenue. Cassidy, driving a Dodge Caravan, was traveling east on the highway when her vehicle struck Alderink’s passenger side.

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FINE ARTS STUDENT OF THE WEEK

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 6:30pm

Adviser nomination: “Kassie is Chamber Orchestra’s Viola section leader. She performed viola solos in the fall concert of 2013 and is a strong leader, compassionate player and seeks to promote a positive atmosphere among students.”

Why the viola: “I picked it out in fifth grade. I didn’t want to play the violin because it is too high pitched and everyone plays the violin. I wanted something different and cool. I wanted to be unique. There are two of us in the viola section.”

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Cass County's Most Wanted: April

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 5:31pm

There is one new face and a return offender on Cass County’s Most Wanted list for April.

Daniel Benjamin Fineday is new to the list and Darrell Neal Lovejoy, who was on the list in July and August, who still has not been captured and moved up to the Top 10.

Fineday and Lovejoy join Jessica Lynn Ahlgrim, Sheldon Thomas Brown, Missie Lee Camacho, Bradley Michael Geyen, Richard Randal Gillispie, Andrew Charles Staples, Frank Andrew Tuttle and Eddie Lee Washington.

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