State troopers arrived to deliver bad news to the already grieving family and friends — Ray and his partner, Judith Reid, were dead, the victims of a deadly four-vehicle crash near Barnesville, Minn., that also critically injured the artist’s 16-year-old grandson, Evan Ray.
The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a four-vehicle accident on Interstate 94 near here that has killed at least two people. Sgt. Jesse Grabow said the accident took place around 11:30 a.m. and that both westbound I-94 lanes are closed as accident cleanup continues.
If you want to be a Catholic, you have to be 100 percent Catholic. That’s the lesson one family here learned after their 17-year-old son was denied confirmation after the priest found a pro same-sex marriage post on the teen’s Facebook.
A woman sentenced to five years and nine months in prison for setting multiple fires at her rural Barnesville farmstead is appealing her arson conviction. The notice of appeal was filed last week on behalf of 34-year-old Tara Andvik, who is serving her prison sentence in Shakopee.
For months, Tara Andvik denied setting fires to her rural Barnesville farmstead, proclaiming her innocence to her family, investigators, firefighters and anyone willing to listen in cyberspace. When it came time Thursday for a judge to decide her fate, a sobbing Andvik took responsibility for the first time for the October fires that destroyed her barn and the farmhouse that also was home to her husband and two children.
Tara Andvik, a rural Barnesville, Minn., woman convicted May 15 of setting several fires to her farmstead, is now the subject of a proposed court order to ban her from contacting witnesses who testified at her trial.
Tara Andvik quietly sobbed as guilty verdicts on three felony counts of arson were read by a Clay County jury Tuesday. The jury reached its verdict after about four hours of deliberation. Outside the courtroom, defense attorney Steven Mottinger said Andvik was disappointed with the verdict.
Tara Andvik’s ex-lover said Thursday that when he heard about the first fire at her rural Barnesville, Minn., farm in October after their breakup, he became concerned “because I knew she’d be the type to try to frame me.”
Four fires had already scorched the Matt and Tara Andvik farmstead near Barnesville, Minn., when Matt called police Oct. 17 to report that someone had set fire to bushes around their house. Only, this time, matches were found near the ashes.
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