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BEMIDJI - The overwhelming smell emanating from 85 marijuana plants and nearly a half-pound of the drug tipped off a Beltrami County Sheriff's Deputy to an extensive grow operation Tuesday night. Gary Pederson, Commander of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force, said the pair who were arrested did not appear to be actively dealing marijuana, but that the home had been "tangentially on our radar. "A task force officer had heard information about this place in the past, but had not been able to develop enough probable cause to get a search warrant," Pederson said.
ST. PAUL - Criminals would have a harder time getting guns and law enforcement would have more control over weapons permits in legislative efforts aimed at curbing Minnesota gun violence. A bill by state Sen. Richard Cohen, DFL-St. Paul, would make it easier for law enforcement to deny firearms permits based on the likelihood of the applicant being a danger to themselves or the public. Those denied could appeal the decision to a court. It was a proposal that ruffled gun rights advocates. "I don't think these changes are needed," Sen.
Moans and groans from all over the area can be heard from residents sick and tired of winter. But then there are those who are way too busy to complain -- busy cashing in. Minnesota winters are crucial for some businesses that were deprived of it last year and the first part of this season as well.
BAKER, Minn. - A metal building reported stolen here this week has been found in the possession of a Barnesville-area man who made a deal for the building five years ago, the Clay County Sheriff's Office says. Detective Jason Hicks called it "simply a misunderstanding" and said authorities have no reason to suspect any criminal activity on the man's part. "He thought it was legitimately his and didn't realize he was doing any-thing wrong," Hicks said. Lance Akers reported the building stolen on Wednesday.
A photo appearing to show Grand Forks Red River High School hockey fans dressed in white hoods and robes similar to those of the Ku Klux Klan surfaced on the social media site Twitter on Friday evening. The photo, taken by UND student Shane Schuster during Red River's state semifinal game against Fargo Davies, shows a section of fans wearing white clothing and white face paint.
GRAND FORKS - The lone victim in the fire at the famous polka-dot house here has died, the Fire Department said today. Firefighters were dispatched to 523 University Ave. at 10:48 p.m. Feb. 9. All the tenants had evacuated, except John Rodney Dillon Davis, 40. He was taken to Altru Hospital and transferred to Regions Medical Center in St. Paul, where he died. The department determined the fire was caused by smoking in a room on the second floor. The blaze left considerable damage to that floor. The house gained some Internet fame when its owners painted it in polka dots in last year.
Chapter 7 is a petition to liquidate assets and discharge debts. Chapter 11 is a petition for protection from creditors and to reorganize. Chapter 12 is a petition for family farmers to reorganize. Chapter 13 is a petition for wage earners to readjust debts. Filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Minnesota Bankruptcy filings from the following counties: Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Norman, Otter Tail, Polk, Traverse, Wadena and Wilkin. LaVerne C. Gordon, also known as LaVerne C. Arthur II, Fargo, Chapter 7. Larry A. and Patricia A. Sandberg, Ottertail, Chapter 7. Diane L.
FARGO - A man has died after jumping from the ninth floor of the 22-story Fargo High Rise at 101 2nd St. S. The man jumped about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, said Assistant Fargo Fire Chief LeRoy Skarloken. The man landed on the roof of a one-story section of the building on the south side, and was alive when he was retrieved by Fargo firefighters, Skarloken said. The man was taken to the emergency room by F-M Ambulance, and was still alive when Skarloken left the scene around 6 p.m., he said. The man later died, said Pat Claus, Fargo's deputy police chief.
WEST FARGO - Charley Weber was riding on the back of a buddy's snowmobile about 10:30 p.m.
MOORHEAD - The victim in a case involving a Moorhead man who is charged with tying her up, raping her repeatedly and holding a knife to her throat - all while she was about seven months pregnant - is worried he will get out and do it again. "Even knowing he's in jail, it's hard to sleep at night," said the victim, whose name is being withheld. The Forum does not identify victims in sex crimes without their permission. The case against her alleged rapist, Jesse Lee Paskey, 29, is set for trial on March 5. The incident took place on Dec. 23 in Moorhead.