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HUGO, Minn.—A man found guilty of repeatedly raping and abusing a Hugo woman who has developmental disabilities was sentenced Wednesday in Washington County District Court to 26 years in prison. Judge Greg Galler sentenced Omar Muhammad, 21, of Hugo to twice what the sentencing guidelines recommend for first-degree criminal sexual conduct using force and coercion in connection with the March 2017 sexual assault.
ST. PAUL—When Bryan and Carissa Keister's daughter Evelyn Adele was born six years ago, her Apgar score was high and her newborn screening tests came back normal. Within a few months, however, it was clear that something was wrong. Evie's head wobbled, her knees buckled and she started to cry every time her parents put her on her tummy. When she was six months old, Evie was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, the most common genetic cause of early childhood death in the U.S. By then, the disease had taken hold, Carissa Keister said Monday, March 5.
LAKE ELMO, Minn. -- Washington County authorities have filed criminal charges against a semi-truck driver who fatally rear-ended a motorist stopped at a red light Tuesday, Feb. 27, on Minnesota 36 in Lake Elmo. According to KSTP-TV, the charges allege that the truck driver was looking at his cellphone for eight seconds preceding the collision when his eastbound 2016 Freightliner slammed into the back of a 2015 Toyota Scion XB shortly after noon.
STILLWATER, Minn. — Stillwater Area High School swimmer Matt Payne stays behind after school each day to give teammate Alec Olson a ride to practice. Alec is legally blind. "Matt waits for Alec, and then he helps him in the door to make sure that he gets inside and everything," said senior swimmer John Stack. "We all kind of look out for him in that way." It's been a season of looking out for one another on the Ponies' boys swim and dive team.
MINNEAPOLIS — Pediatric oncologist Brenda Weigel has always had bleak news for patients diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Treatments for the rare form of bone cancer are generally ineffective. "We had essentially the same chemotherapy drugs for 30 years to offer, and that was it," said Weigel, co-director of the sarcoma program for the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota. But thanks to research paid for by the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund, Weigel can begin to offer hope.
STILLWATER, Minn.—When a plastic Rubbermaid garbage can and a cardboard box full of unidentified black-and-white photos were dropped off at the Barnes County Historical Society in Valley City, N.D., last month, curator Wes Anderson started looking for clues. He quickly realized many of the shots had a connection to Forest Lake, Minn. There was a photo of the Forest Lake post office, a shot of a baseball player wearing a Forest Lake jersey and another of a hotel on a lake. Most seemed to have been taken by a man named Otto Johnson.
MINNEAPOLIS — Xander Martinez's dream of going to the Super Bowl is coming true this weekend thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Now, it's up to the Philadelphia Eagles to do their part. "I really want them to win," said Xander, 13, of Winter Haven, Fla. "I'm thinking 26-15. I like Nick Foles, the quarterback, but I really like running back Jay Ajayi. He gets a lot of yards when he has the ball in his hands."
ST PAUL—The sexual-abuse scandal that involved former Olympic gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar and has reverberated across the American sports scene is not over, the mother of a former USA Gymnastics gymnast said Thursday, Jan. 25. Gina Nichols, mother of gymnast Maggie Nichols, said dozens of people knew of Nassar's "heinous" crimes and should go to prison for trying to cover them up.
LAKE ELMO, Minn. — New tips concerning Susan Swedell, who went missing during a blizzard in Lake Elmo on Jan. 19, 1988, have been coming in to the Washington County sheriff's office after a St. Paul Pioneer Press report on the case was published Sunday, Jan. 7. Sheriff Dan Starry said his office has received eight tips this week about Swedell; her case has been getting renewed attention as the 30th anniversary of her disappearance nears.
ST. PAUL—When Eric Buck drove past the scene of a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 380 near Waterloo, Iowa, last month, he asked his children to pray for the people involved. The St. Paul man and three of his six children were headed home from Iowa during a snowstorm on Dec. 29 when they saw a dozen cars "totaled in a pileup" and witnessed first responders cutting open a car that had been struck by a semitrailer truck.