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HOLLOWAY, Minn. – The Swift County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a crash with multiple injuries on Monday, March 12, about 4 p.m. between a Hancock Public School transport van and a semi at a rural intersection north of Holloway in far west-central Minnesota. Swift County Sheriff John Holtz said late Monday night that seven schoolchildren, ages 8 to 16, were injured along with the woman who was driving the van. He said all eight have been taken to hospitals.
DULUTH, Minn.—U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan endorsed fellow Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz for governor of Minnesota on Monday.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- A Vancouver, Wash., man has been accused mailing meth to a northwest Minnesota woman who received the package at her workplace where it was opened.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A Lankin, N.D., man has been found guilty of assaulting and partially paralyzing a 2-year-old child. Jurors delivered the guilty verdict for Austin Lee Thorsteinson, 25, around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Ramsey County District Court in Devils Lake on a Class A felony charge of child neglect. The jury was out for six hours after a nearly three-day trial that began Tuesday.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - An Andover, Minn. woman is dead and 14 others were injured after a van full of Twins fans leaving a spring training game in Fort Myers, Fla., was hit from behind by a man whose blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, the Sun Sentinel of Broward County reported.
BRAINERD, Minn.—A student, who reportedly was making verbal threats to commit a shooting at Brainerd High School, was taken into custody Wednesday night. Brainerd Police Chief Corky McQuiston stated police officers reacted immediately and quickly identified the 16-year-old boy. The student was found about 11 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, and arrested without incident.
LARIMORE, N.D. -- Two Larimore residents face child neglect charges after one allegedly used a Taser to scare his children and shot at them with a BB gun. Casey Jerome Lunski, 34, and Angela Kay Lunski, 45, had initial appearances Thursday in Grand Forks District Court, where they have been charged with child neglect-parental care, a Class C felony. Casey Lunski also was charged with a Class C felony charge of child abuse.
GRAND FORKS - A man is in jail after a Mar. 7 police chase in Grand Forks. Grand Forks police responded to a call about a domestic violence situation around 10 p.m. The call led to a search for 51-year-old Dana Decoteau. When officers found Decoteau and his vehicle, he refused to stop and attempted to flee. Officers forced his vehicle to stop in the 3600 block of Gateway Drive. Decoteau was taken into custody and has been charged with fleeing police in a motor vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under suspension.
ST. PAUL – A federal indictment charges a former bookkeeper of the Farm Mercantile hardware store in Fairfax in south-central Minnesota with embezzling approximately $535,000. A grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday charging Theresa Ernestine Linsmeier, 58, with wire fraud and filing false tax returns.
WALKER, Minn. -- A Bemidji man found dead at the International Eelpout Festival on Feb. 25 died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office released the cause of 21-year-old Sam Schooley’s death Wednesday, March 7, more than a week after Schooley’s body was found in a fish house on Leech Lake.