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BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji City Council has approved a resolution opposing the sale of strong alcohol in grocery and convenience stores. To show legislative leaders where they stand on the matter, 130 other Minnesota cities have passed similar resolutions. Historically, bills to authorize sales in grocery or convenience stores have been opposed by cities and other municipal government units because of the negative impact that it would have on control and accountability.
FARGO – An east-central North Dakota man will spend 70 years behind bars for crimes involving child pornography. Brent Daigle, 39, of Sutton, was sentenced Thursday, July 19, in federal court to 70 years in prison followed by lifetime supervised release for three counts of sexual exploitation of minors and one count of possession of child pornography, according to a United States Department of Justice news release According to the news release, a 12-year-old girl informed law enforcement Daigle had repeatedly abused her and in some cases video recorded the abuse.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – A former auto dealership employee accused in a fraud involving hundreds of thousands of dollars swindled from police agencies across Minnesota was ordered Thursday, July 19, to serve five years of supervised probation and 30 days in jail. Gerald Worner, the former fleet manager at Nelson Auto Center in Fergus Falls, pleaded guilty in May in Otter Tail County District Court to a felony charge of theft by swindle.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Officials in Beltrami County recovered a massive amount of stolen property July 10 after locating a vehicle in Blackduck, Minn., that had been used in a residential burglary in Koochiching County, according to a press release. Authorities obtained a search warrant for the residence of David A. Pope, 53, of Funkley, Minn., and found a large amount of stolen property that included lawn equipment, power tools, firearms and other household items that had been reported stolen during burglaries in Beltrami, Koochiching and Itasca counties.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—The semi truck driver who struck and killed a 16-year-old Vining boy a little over a year ago was found guilty Thursday, July 19, in Otter Tail County Court. A jury found Jason Vadner, 36, of Wheaton guilty of criminal vehicular homicide and misdemeanor careless driving for a head-on crash that killed Henning/Vining sophomore Jacob Quam April 13, 2017 as the teen was on his way to school.
DEERWOOD, Minn. -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed zebra mussels in Bay Lake, south of Deerwood in Crow Wing County and northwest of Mille Lacs Lake.
WILLMAR, Minn. – With the help of a drone and dog, two suspects were found in a cornfield west of Willmar on Wednesday, July 18, after they allegedly fled from a drug task force agent. A 42-year-old Willmar man was arrested. He was accompanied by a 28-year-old Granite Falls woman, authorities said.
A former legislative director for Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., was accused of multiple instances of sexual harassment, according to a MinnPost report published on Thursday, July 19.
RED LAKE, Minn. -- Red Lake Nation Tribal Chairman Darrell Seki Sr. secured a second term Wednesday, July 18, according to preliminary election results. Seki’s 234-vote victory over opponent and former chairman Floyd “Buck” Jourdain is a reversal of the primary election results. In the May 17 primary, Jourdain defeated Seki with 45.84 percent of the votes to Seki’s 39.99 percent. Jourdain served as chairman from 2004-14 before he was ousted by Seki.
HILLSBORO, N.D.—A Florida woman has been accused of killing an unborn child in a Traill County vehicle crash last week. Claudia Rae Grace, 75, of the Villages, Fla., was booked Wednesday into the Traill County jail on charges of negligent homicide, a Class C felony, and aggravated reckless driving, a Class A misdemeanor. The case stems from a July 8 crash on Interstate 29 near Hillsboro, where Grace forced a vehicle with a Grand Forks couple off the road, according to a news release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.