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DEER RIVER, Minn. -- Officials recovered the body of a 35-year-old north-central Minnesota man near the Winnie Dam Recreational Area on Monday and he was identified on Tuesday, Aug. 21 Frank Sherman Jr. of Deer River had last contacted his family on July 23. An investigation into his death is continuing.
ST. PAUL -- With the bear hunting season set to begin Saturday, Sept. 1, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asks that hunters avoid shooting research bears marked with distinctively large, colorful ear tags that have radio-collars.
BACKUS, Minn.—A 37-year-old Sheboygan, Wis., woman drowned this weekend in a rural Backus lake in north-central Minnesota. According to the Cass County Sheriff's Office, the woman had been swimming near the shore of Ponto Lake, about 63 miles south of Bemidji, on Saturday, Aug. 18. Nearby people found the woman in the water, not breathing, at about 4:23 p.m. Life-saving measures were attempted and she was taken by helicopter to a hospital in St. Cloud where she died Sunday. Authorities are withholding the woman's identity until her family is notified of her death.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A 57-year-old man died early Monday, Aug. 20, after being struck by a train in Detroit Lakes. Emergency dispatchers received a report at about 12:15 a.m. Monday that a southbound Canadian Pacific Railway train had struck a pedestrian at a railroad crossing at Willow Street, according to a news release from the Detroit Lakes Police Department.
MOORHEAD — The woman who co-founded the iconic Moorhead Dairy Queen and had a hand in creating the world-famous Dilly Bar has died. Phyllis Litherland died Sunday, Aug. 12, in her daughter’s home in Chicago at the age of 90. Phyllis and Bob Litherland established the downtown Moorhead Dairy Queen in 1949, among the franchise’s earliest restaurants in the nation. The couple is also often credited for the creation of the Dilly Bar.
DULUTH -- A Grand Rapids man accused of sexually assaulting his young nieces two decades ago pleaded guilty Tuesday, Aug. 14, in State District Court in Itasca County.
ROSEVILLE, Minn.—Instead of digging holes for a new fence, Michael Shelton spent Thursday on an "unbelievable" road trip. The Bemidji man claimed his nearly $550,000 lottery win Thursday at the Minnesota Lottery headquarters in Roseville, a Twin Cities suburb north of St. Paul and a 3½-hour drive from home. Shelton bought his winning Gopher 5 ticket of $549,633 at the Orton's Bemidji Cenex. Shelton's winning numbers, drawn Wednesday evening, were 15-22-23-27-31.
BISMARCK — Attorneys for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said this week the agency will need more time to review information from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline before completing an environmental study. In a status report filed in the U.S. District Court in North Dakota, the Corps said it has "almost completed its evaluation" but now expects to issue a decision by the end of the month. It had previously expected to complete the process by Friday, Aug. 10.
ROSEVILLE, Minn. — A Minnesota Lottery winning ticket of nearly $550,000 recently was sold at a Bemidji business. Orton's Bemidji Cenex, located at 555 Paul Bunyan Drive NW in Bemidji, sold a Gopher 5 ticket worth $549,633, according to a release Thursday from the Minnesota Lottery. The business will receive a $5,000 bonus when the prize is claimed. The winning ticket matched all of the Gopher 5 numbers drawn Wednesday, Aug. 8 (15-22-23-27-31).
MOUNTAIN LAKE, Minn. — Two Wednesday, Aug. 1, traffic stops in Cottonwood County resulted in the confiscation of nearly 60 pounds of marijuana, more than $13,000 and six arrests. According to criminal complaints, two vehicles bearing California license plates were stopped after 1 a.m.