MOORHEAD (AP) -- A 54-year-old executive likely will spend the rest of his life in prison for sexually abusing children who worked for his Moorhead-based company.
David Ortner, Moorhead, was sentenced Friday to 72 years in prison by Clay County District Judge Michael Kirk, who assured Ortner's victims that he will "never harm a child again."
Even with good behavior, Ortner wouldn't be released from prison until he turns 102.
Ortner was convicted of sexually molesting five boys who worked at his company, D&M Technologies.
Forest Lake fishing contest canceled
FOREST LAKE (AP) -- For the second consecutive year, officials have called off one of the largest fishing contests in the state.
Officials canceled the annual Golden Rainbow Ice Fishing Contest scheduled for Feb. 1 because of unsafe ice.
"It was a tough decision," said Jason Gadd of Hopkins Jaycees, which operates the contest. "We're a nonprofit organization that depends on this, but safety comes first."
A patch of open water on Forest Lake hasn't frozen over with the recent cold temperatures, so the Washington County Sheriff's Department has closed the lake to vehicle travel.
About 8,000 anglers were expected to compete for $125,000 in prizes.
State has inattentive, aggressive drivers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Nice apparently doesn't apply to the roads.
Instead, Minnesota motorists might be the most aggressive and least attentive in the nation, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Data collected by NHTSA shows that Minnesota drivers involved in fatal crashes failed to yield twice as often as the national average, 16 percent compared with 8 percent.
The data, collected from 1995 to 2001, also shows that Minnesota drivers were less attentive than the national average. Inattentive driving played a part in fatal crashes about twice as often here than the national average, 13 percent compared with 7 percent.
Three Richmond bars busted for illegal gambling
RICHMOND (AP) -- Authorities busted an alleged illegal gambling operation involving three area bars, seizing about $21,000 and several boards used to bet on football.
Officials from the Stearns County Sheriff's Department and the Minnesota Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Agency searched the Richmond bars on Friday. They also searched three private residences of bar owners and employees.
Worthington still mourning teens
WORTHINGTON (AP) -- The final two funerals for four young girls who were killed in a fatal accident last weekend were Saturday as this southwestern Minnesota town continues to mourn.
Mariana Sanchez, 16, and Jessica Rendon, 12, both died Wednesday from their injuries and had separate services at St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Sanchez and Rendon, along with three other girls, were driving last Sunday to a teen club in Sioux Falls, S.D., about an hour's drive from Worthington.
Rochester man sentenced for plan to ignite gas tanks
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A second Rochester man was sentenced Friday for planning to ignite an underground gasoline storage tank in downtown Rochester to serve as a diversion to rob nearby stores.
Jene Rene White, 38, was sentenced in federal court to 60 months in prison and two years supervised release. A co-defendant, John Steven Gardner, 20, received the exact same sentence on Tuesday.
Both pleaded guilty in September to attempted destruction of property used in interstate commerce.
In January 2002, police found a bomb hidden in an underground gas tank at a Rochester gasoline station. The device was a combination of gunpowder and carbon-dioxide cylinders. It didn't explode
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