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DULUTH — A man is dead after being found unresponsive in a hot tub at the downtown Duluth YMCA Wednesday, Jan 16. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported that at about 8 a.m., a lifeguard noticed that Joseph Donald Robbins, 32, was submerged and unresponsive in the hot tub. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. Robbins was homeless, the sheriff’s office said.
MANKATO, Minn. — A video of a toddler from southern Minnesota whose car seat fell out of a moving vehicle onto a busy road has gone viral, gaining national and international media attention. The scene was captured by a Mankato man's dashcam and uploaded to Facebook Monday, Jan. 14.
WILLMAR, Minn. – A Fairfax man is being held in the Renville County Jail after he allegedly shot a male employee and threatened a female employee Jan. 11 at a Fairfax service station. The man who was shot, a 55-year-old from Hector, has a bullet lodged at the base of his skull that is considered inoperable, according to court records. Michael John Klatt, 59, faces three felony charges – first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault causing bodily harm and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
MANDAN, N.D. - A report of a reckless driver turned into a high-speed chase in Mandan on Monday, Jan. 15, with speeds reaching 110 mph, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The patrol said Devon Wheeler, 18, was eastbound and reportedly swerving before a trooper began pursuit of the speeding vehicle by the Sunset exit on Interstate 94. Speeds increased to 110 mph before continuing on the Expressway where the driver eventually stopped and taken into custody, the patrol said. Charges are pending against Wheeler.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Forum Communications launched a new hockey website, The RinkLive.com , this week -- in advance of 2019 Hockey Day Minnesota -- to provide coverage of college and high school teams from across Minnesota and North Dakota.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. - One of the two suspects charged in the manslaughter death of a man following an incident outside a bar May 5 has pleaded not guilty. Troy Traut, 33, who appeared in Douglas County District Court Jan. 10, also pleaded not guilty to two fifth-degree misdemeanor assault charges. Steven “Beaver” Hlinsky, 46, a long-time Forada firefighter, died on May 13, 2018. Authorities believe his death was the result of injuries he suffered after being assaulted in the early-morning hours of May 5 outside a bar in Forada.
BARRON, Wis. - Jake Patterson, who was arrested Jan. 10 after Jayme Closs escaped from a remote Gordon home where she was being held, is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the Oct.
McHENRY, N.D. — One North Dakotan was lucky enough to win $1 million from the Saturday, Jan. 12, drawing using a Powerball Pick & Click, the state's richest winner yet using the online service. The winner matched all five white balls. The winning numbers were 7, 36, 48, 57, 58 and a Powerball of 24. The winner from McHenry, a town about 55 miles north of Jamestown, has not yet claimed the prize. The person has 180 days to do so.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. - A Little Falls group can again reclaim the world’s largest ice carousel. The diameter of the massive disc of ice -- carved out by chain saws and rigged to spin with the use of trolling motors -- exceeded the length of a football field by a long shot and is longer than the Foshay Tower in Minneapolis is tall.
DULUTH -- A man is dead and a Duluth police officer was injured in a shootout Sunday evening, Jan. 13, on Skyline Parkway. Duluth police responded to a report of a “felony-level” domestic assault at a home on the 1000 block of West Skyline Parkway just before 6:30 p.m. Sunday, police said in a news release. Officers negotiated with a man in the home for about an hour before he began firing at them, striking one officer and killing a police dog. At least one officer returned fire.