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DULUTH—Enbridge Energy is giving landowners more time to decide if they want the old Line 3 oil pipeline removed from their property after regulators approved a replacement for the aging pipeline last month. The Calgary-based company filed proposals to comply with conditions set on the certificate of need and route permit set by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, which approved the approximately 340-mile pipeline that will stretch across northern Minnesota to connect Alberta with Superior, Wis.
WARROAD, Minn. -- A Warroad man has been accused of sexually assaulting a young child inside a campground bathroom in Roseau County in far northwest Minnesota.
OAKDALE, Minn. -- Two Illinois men are being charged in Washington County with one count each of felony aiding and abetting possession of untaxed tobacco products, according to the Minnesota Department of Revenue. According to the criminal complaint, Mohamad Tlaib of Palos Hills and Hamdi Nimer of Tinley Park were stopped Nov. 9, 2017, on Interstate 94 near the St. Croix Weigh Station by a Minnesota trooper after bypassing the open weigh station in a white unmarked straight truck.
DULUTH -- Lightning struck a Duluth church early Thursday morning, July 12, and that is believed to have caused about $75,000 in fire and water damage. The Duluth Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at Christ Lutheran Church where crews found heavy fire around a cross cupola structure on the roof of the church, authorities said.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota law enforcement made nearly 25,000 arrests for driving while intoxicated in 2017 and 42 officers were honored Thursday at a Minnesota Twins game as the 11th DWI enforcer all-star team. In 2017, the all-stars made 2,751 DWI arrests in Minnesota. On average, three people every hour are arrested for DWI in the state. Minneapolis police officer Steve Wuorinen led the way with 165 arrests in the Twin Cities. In outstate Minnesota, State Trooper Mitch Elzen arrested 123 drunk drivers.
DES MOINES, Iowa — A stolen tow truck from Minnesota was found at an Iowa auto shop where police say a Fergus Falls, Minn., man was killed during an attempted burglary. Police said the truck was taken from Beyer's Towing in Fergus Falls early Sunday morning, July 8. The truck, which has company logos on the side, was found Wednesday morning at Kraft 5-Star Muffler in Des Moines. The muffler shop owner is accused of fatally shooting 37-year-old Amund Haarstad of Fergus Falls just before the truck was found. Thomas Kraft, 67, has yet to face any charges.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A crash remains under investigation Wednesday, July 11, after a northwest Minnesota woman was killed in an ATV crash Monday morning. Beltrami County 911 received a report of an overturned ATV at 8:20 a.m. Monday, according to a release from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office. The crash occurred approximately nine miles northwest of Bemidji.
MONTEVIDEO – A man who authorities believe shot and wounded a woman Tuesday, July 10, in Montevideo before turning the gun on himself was scheduled to be in court next week on two separate charges of violating an order for protection filed by another woman. David Dale Schwartz, 55, of Foley, died at the scene of the shooting, which occurred shortly before noon Tuesday.
WARREN, Minn. -- A 27-year-old northwest Minnesota man has been accused of forcing a woman to have sex with him last month. Justen James Lawrence Ekholm, 27, of Alvarado, which is about 12 miles north of Grand Forks along the North Dakota border, appeared Tuesday in Marshall County District Court on a third-degree felony count of criminal sexual conduct, a crime that carries a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison.
HAGER CITY, Wis --- Life-saving efforts by a Hager City mother and emergency responders were too late to save a boy who drowned last week in a Pierce County swimming pool. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said 3-year-old Ryker B. Tipton died Friday, July 6, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester after he was pulled from a pool the previous night by his mother, Ashlee Peterson. Hager City is across the Mississippi River from Red Wing, Minn.