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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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10-year-old girl found dead in hay bale fire

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 6:19pm

ADRIAN - A 10-year-old girl was found dead Thursday evening after a bale fire on a farm west of Adrian in southwestern Minnesota.

The Adrian Fire Department responded at 6:50 p.m. Thursday to a report of round bales on fire at the Todd Heideman farm.

The body of Perri Heideman was discovered after firefighters extinguished the blaze.

“The Adrian Fire Department, assisted by the Ellsworth Fire Department, were working on putting out the fire, when a short time later the family noticed that Perri was missing,” said Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening.

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Dog whose legs were zip-tied returns home

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 6:14pm

DULUTH - A dog found in a yard earlier this week with her front legs tied together has been released from a city animal shelter, according to owner Candace Mead.

She posted a photo of the dog Thursday night on her Facebook page – called Help Molly Get Home.

With the help of donors, Mead made the required arrangements to get Molly out of the city shelter, where the dog had been staying since being found Monday morning.

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Four plead guilty in Minnesota casino theft case

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 6:09pm

LEECH LAKE - Four people pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to conspiracy to commit theft from Minnesota tribal gaming establishments, including White Oak, Northern Lights and Palace Casinos on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation.

Elias Rodriguez, 30, Agustine Henry Gueits, 28, and Anuedi Rivera-Bido, 29, of New York, and Geetha Leena, 28, of Las Vegas, each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of aggravated identity theft. The defendants were indicted Jan. 21.

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Stewart Mills endorsed for Congress by 8th District GOP

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 4:56pm

PARK RAPIDS — An enthusiastic group of 8th Congressional District Republicans Saturday unanimously endorsed Stewart Mills III, 42, as its candidate for Congress.

Describing himself as an unintentional candidate, Mills told the 219 delegates and alternates who gathered at Park Rapids Area Century School he was 100 percent in the race to win the seat from Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn.

“We’re running against someone very liberal and very out of step with our values and priorities,” Mills said. “This is a very winnable election.”

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Highway 33 repair in Crosby creates road weight restriction

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 8:57pm

■ Medical, dental, vision checkups offered to eligible children and youths

Crow Wing County’s Department of Community Services encourages families to take advantage of the medical, dental and vision checkups available from local health care providers to qualifying children and youths.

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To help or learn more

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 8:53pm

■ To help or learn more

• Interested in becoming a donor? There is more information about kidney donation at www.uofmmedicalcenterlivingdonor.org. The Newbys’ insurance covers costs of those inquiring about being a donor so there are no out-of-pocket costs for the donor. The family reported each kidney transplant work-up costs about $10,000.

• GiveForward will be used to help cover the cost of incidental costs contributed to Wyatt’s care away from home.

https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/n224/wyatt-newby-s-kidney-transplant

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Pillager personnel committee meeting-April 13

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 8:52pm

Baxter City Council

Meets 7 p.m. Tuesday

Baxter City Hall

13190 Memorywood Dr., Baxter

The Baxter City Council will conduct a work session on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. at the Baxter City Hall, 13190 Memorywood Dr., Baxter, MN for the purposes of discussing the Woida Project Update, Baxter Water Quality Project for the Whiskey Creek Tributary to the Mississippi River-Grant Opportunities, MS4 Staffing, Isle Drive Update, and Park Dedication Credit Transfer and Park Dedication Credit for Trail Construction for Kuepers, Inc.

1. Call meeting to order

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Much Obliged-April 13

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 8:52pm

Garden Expo 2014

I would like to thank the registered participants that attended this year’s Garden Expo on April 5 at the Central Lakes College in Brainerd. I would also like to thank the many University of Minnesota Extension Crow Wing County Master Gardeners that volunteered at this wonderful educational event. Thank you to this year’s vendors, exhibitors and contributors. I would also like to thank the staff at Central Lakes College for their assistance during the use of their facility. To all of you — thank you for making this year’s Garden Expo a huge success.

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