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A 19-year-old Pine River man admitted in Cass County District Court in Walker to sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl. William Pearl Schnoor was charged last fall with six felony criminal sexual conduct counts. He sexually assaulting the girl July 2, 2016, while staying at a relative's home in Pine River. The girl told investigators Schnoor woke her up and sexually assaulted her.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — A Minnesota state senator says she is running for the U.S. House of Representatives seat that serves southern Minnesota. However, Sen. Carla Nelson of Rochester would say little about her campaign on Monday, Oct. 2. "While I have decided to run for Congress, today is not a day for campaigning," she said. "This is a solemn day for our nation, a time when we need to come together and pray for the victims of Las Vegas, their families and all who have been affected by this tragedy."
KENSINGTON, Minn. -- A 33-year-old man Brandon was killed Sunday evening, Oct. 1, in a rollover crash near Kensington. Mitchell Brazel died in the crash about 8 p.m., the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Brazel was driving east on Elk Lake Road when he came to a T intersection on County Road 25. Brazel did not make the turn and his 2003 GMC Yukon went off the embankment and hit a tree at the bottom of the ditch. Brazel's body has been taken to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy.
BISMARCK -- Gov. Doug Burgum directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Friday, Oct. 6, in honor of the victims of Sunday’s attack in Las Vegas, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The governor also encouraged North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, according to a news release issued Monday morning. At least 58 people were killed and more than 515 were injured when a gunman opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas Sunday.
BISMARCK -- Two unlicensed contractors have been banned from doing business in North Dakota “for the foreseeable future,” Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office said Monday, Oct. 2. Jeremy Meyer of Fargo, doing business as JM Construction & Design, as well as Cody Fleckenstein of New Salem, doing business as Prefab Plus, LLC, violated consumer fraud and contracting laws. The Consumer Protection division of the attorney general’s office has obtained civil judgments against both contractors.
BISMARCK—The U.S. Forest Service will conduct up to five prescribed burns this fall on the Sheyenne National Grassland southwest of Fargo, the agency said Monday, Oct. 2. The 70,180-acre grassland is located east of Lisbon. The burns will cover about 1,500 acres and will occur north, west and east of McLeod. The Forest Service said fire is "essential to the health and regeneration of prairie habitat and native grasses while discouraging growth of invasive species."
MANKATO, Minn. -- The Minnesota River "strains under pressure from its geology, surrounding land use and changing climate," the state Pollution Control Agency reports after an extensive study. The MPCA reported on Monday, Oct. 2, that the river faces water quality issues from sediment that clouds the water, phosphorus that contributes to algae growth and nitrogen and bacteria that pose health risks.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a Minnesota case challenging a state law that allows sex offenders to remain locked up indefinitely. The court announced Monday, Oct. 2, that it will not take up the case. In not hearing it, the court allows an early 2017 ruling by a federal appeals court to stand. The appeals decision overturned a lower court decision that found the sex offender program unconstitutional. The appeals ruling removed requirements for immediate changes.
BENSON, Minn. — A crash early Saturday morning near Benson has claimed three lives. The three were identified by family and friends on social media this past weekend as Dylan Peterson of Benson; Austin Ardoff, of Willmar, formerly of Clara City; and Autumn Nicole McLain of Willmar. The three were together in a vehicle that collided with another vehicle at a township road intersection just southeast of Benson. The crash was reported to the Swift County Sheriff's Office at about 5 a.m. Saturday.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A Bemidji Police squad car was involved in a crash with an ATV early Sunday, Oct. 1, that sent three people to the hospital after a pursuit in downtown Bemidji, Minn.