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DULUTH — Duluth Mayor Emily Larson had been on the job for just over six months when the storm hit. On July 21, 2016, she was on vacation with her family, camping in Michigan, when she received word of the storm that brought 100 mph wind gusts to parts of the city and caused widespread devastation across the region. Thousands of Northland residents lost power for days. Larson said it took no more than a 45-second meeting for her family to agree that the trip should be cut short.
WILLMAR, Minn. - A 48-year-old woman will serve about six years in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee for an assault that left a woman at an addiction recovery center in Willmar with permanent brain damage. Stacie Lee Johnson, of Hibbing, Minn., was sentenced in district court in Kandiyohi County on Monday to prison for a first degree assault conviction.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- An Alexandria woman who died Saturday after falling from the back of a slow-moving pickup near Lake Andrew has been identified as 61-year-old Marilyn Weedman, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s office. Her husband, Kevin Weedman, was driving the pickup, Sheriff Troy Wolberson said. Alcohol was not a factor and no charges are expected. The sheriff's office received a call at 3:36 p.m. Saturday, July 15, reporting a woman had fallen from a pickup truck south of Alexandria. The woman had a head injury and the caller stated that CPR was in progress.
BEMIDJI, Minn. —Two people were hurt Sunday afternoon when the pickup truck in which they were riding was hit by a train in Beltrami County, about 12 miles west of Bemidji. According to the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, Janice Callahan, 73, of Chatfield, Minn., was driving the pickup north at about 2:10 p.m. and entered the railroad crossing. The truck was then hit by the train.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—A 27-year-old man is in custody following a 2½-hour standoff with police during which he barricaded himself in his home and threatened another resident with a gun. Police were called to the home, on the 700 block of North Vine Street, about 3:45 p.m. Saturday, July 15. Officers tried to persuade Theodore Tiede to surrender. During negotiations, Tiede fired several gunshots from the home.
GRAND FORKS—A 3-year-old child who was pushing on a window screen fell out of a second-story window to the ground and was taken to Altru Hospital. The accident happened at about 12:37 p.m. Friday, when police were called to 515 N. 47th St., Sgt. Duane Simon of the Grand Forks Police Department said in a statement released Saturday. The child was described as "conscious and alert" when taken to Altru. A condition report was unavailable, and the name of the child was not released.
FARGO — A 24-year-old North Dakota man is accused of enticing a Nebraska teen to run away with him after the two met through an online gaming group. Nicollas Johnson was arrested in Fargo early Wednesday morning. On Monday, July 10, the 14-year-old Beatrice, Neb., girl was reported missing. Police initially believed she was a runaway, but later determined she had been enticed to leave with Johnson.
WILLMAR, Minn. – A Cosmos man charged with hitting his estranged wife with a car and kidnapping her has pleaded guilty in Kandiyohi County District Court in central Minnesota. Cesar Octavia Garcia-Gonzalez, 38, is to be sentenced Sept. 25 on a felony charge of kidnapping to commit great bodily harm or terrorize. In a plea agreement, seven other charges against him will be dismissed.
BISMARCK -- A presidential disaster declaration has been issued for the 10 North Dakota counties and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Reservation affected by spring flooding, Gov. Doug Burgum’s office said Wednesday, July 12. The declaration triggers about $3.25 million of federal assistance as a “preliminary assessment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency,” a news release said. A more thorough inspection from the agency will document and reimburse actual costs.
FARGO -- North Dakota is the best state to start a business, according to new national rankings. Finance website WalletHub released a report last week that tracked 20 key indicators of the success of startups in each of the 50 states to come up with the new rankings.