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Minnesota cities launch system to treat water underground

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:18am

Just northwest of the Twin Cities, in the bedroom communities of St. Michael, Albertville and Hanover, something unusual is happening. A pump is taking water from the jointly run treatment plant and rather than sending it to people's homes and faucets, it's injecting it into the ground at a rate of 300 gallons a minute. The pumping won't stop until 100 million gallons of treated drinking water have been stowed in an aquifer beneath the cities.

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Man faces charges in Marshall County high-speed chase

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:24am

WARREN - A Thief River Falls man led Marshall County deputies on a chase at more than 120 mph in a stolen car Monday, authorities said.

According to a news release from the Marshall County Sheriff's Office, Christian B. Potucek, 20, appeared Wednesday in district court in Warren on charges that include fleeing officers, receiving stolen property, driving drunk and driving without a valid license.

Around 2 p.m. Monday, the release said, the sheriff's office received a report of an erratic driver who had hit a car at a Cenex store in Warren and then went north on U.S. Highway 75.

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Body found in Duluth believed to be that of missing elderly woman

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:18am

DULUTH - Duluth police said Wednesday that they believe a body found Tuesday in the city's Lincoln Park neighborhood is that of an elderly woman missing since last summer.

Police said preliminary evidence led them to believe the body is that of Dale Elizabeth Gerard, 74, who went missing July 20. However, they are awaiting final confirmation from the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office, which they expect to receive in two or three days.

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Music student on way from recital arrested on marijuana charges

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:13am

FARGO – A Minnesota State University Moorhead music student was arrested last week after leaving a recital with intent to deal marijuana, authorities said.

According to charges filed Friday in Cass County District Court, West Fargo police Officer Ryan Denis pulled over Clyde David Schuman, 20, of Moorhead, Minn., about 9:30 p.m. April 10 for driving with a burned-out taillight.

Denis smelled marijuana and asked Schuman where he had been, according to the report. Schuman said he was coming from an orchestra recital.

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Man accused of smashing way through senior facility

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:08am

BEMIDJI - A Colorado man is accused of going on a drunken and destructive search for his uncle at a senior living facility in Bemidji -- an uncle who lives in Colorado.

Sean Foster Heideman, 25, of Centennial, Colo., faces a charge of first-degree damage to property in an occupied dwelling.

Police responded after a Windsong Catered Living resident reported a man banging on her patio door around 4:45 a.m. Saturday. Court documents say the glass door was shattered and that once the man was inside the apartment, he found the door leading to the rest of the facility and left.

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Man accused of Tasing, trying to kidnap ex-girlfriend

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:04am

MOORHEAD – A Bismarck man is charged with seven felonies, including attempted kidnapping and burglary, after allegedly breaking into his girlfriend’s Comstock home late one night last week and Tasing her while wearing gloves and wearing a hood over his face.

William Dubois Dean, 52, was charged Tuesday in Clay County District Court with two counts of attempted kidnapping, three counts of burglary, one count of assault and one count of damage to property.

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Students injured when truck, school bus collide

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:49am

RENVILLE – Seven people, including five teens, were injured Wednesday when a truck collided with a school bus on an icy road near Renville in west-central Minnesota.

None of the injuries were life-threatening.

The Minnesota State Patrol said the accident on Minnesota Highway 212 happened at 6 p.m. when a tractor-trailer driven by David R. Littlecreek-Wilbanks, 50, of Granite Falls, broadsided a school bus driven by Dennis M. Isaackson, 56, of Cottonwood.

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