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WALKER, Minn. — A Cass County man has been charged with second-degree murder after allegedly stabbing his mother multiple times at her home in Bena. In addition to the homicide charge, Thomas Wayne Matthews, 34, is facing three counts of second-degree assault and one count of fifth-degree assault after an incident at a Bena business in late November. Bena is located 35 miles east of Bemidji on the Leech Lake Reservation.
CUSHING, Minn. -- Two men died Sunday, Dec. 9, after their ATV went into the icy waters of Fish Trap Lake in central Minnesota. The victims have been identified as 71-year-old Leonard Sanoski and 68-year-old Wayne Vaverek, both of Cushing.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — Leech Lake anglers will be able to keep a wider size range of walleye starting on the 2019 fishing opener, officials announced Monday, Dec. 10. “Walleye abundance in Leech Lake is currently at a point that we can provide anglers additional harvest opportunity beginning in May,” said Doug Schultz, Walker area fisheries supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in a press release. “We got here through protective fishing regulations and consistently good year classes over the past 10 years.”
FARGO — A North Dakota Lottery player in Fargo hit it big last week by winning the Lucky for Life prize. The prize is $25,000 a year for life. The winning ticket was sold at Casey's General Store, 204 42nd St. S. in Fargo, on Thursday, Dec. 6. The winning numbers were 5, 14, 26, 28, 31 and the Lucky Ball was 5. The winner can take $25,000 a year for life or a one-time payment of $390,000. The winning ticket has not yet been submitted. The winner has 180 days to claim the prize.
ALDRICH, Minn. — A man found dead after being ejected from a vehicle Thursday morning about 10 miles north of Aldrich has been identified. The adult male driver, identified as Austin Bacon, 19, of rural Sebeka, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead on scene, Thursday, Dec. 6, according to a Wadena County Sheriff’s Office news release.
Zeegwunikay Warren, 23, of Ponsford has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony second-degree controlled substance crime. A felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime was dismissed in a plea agreement.
ST. PAUL - Three Minnesota State Patrol troopers followed the agency's pursuit procedures during a high-speed chase last June that resulted in two children being struck by the suspect's vehicle, a review board said Tuesday, Dec. 4. The chase through residential areas of north Minneapolis lasted 6 minutes and 45 seconds, reaching speeds of more than 80 mph. The suspect, Kabaar Powell, caught the attention of Trooper Albert Kuehne for speeding, seat belt violation and a possible registration violation, the State Patrol's Critical Incident Review Board said.
The Department of Natural Resources is ramping up efforts to kill deer in southeast Minnesota after chronic wasting disease was found in deer outside the established disease management zone — known as Permit Area 603 — in Fillmore County. In a news release, the DNR said hunts are one step it is taking to act quickly in an effort to contain CWD while it is relatively concentrated in a geographic area. Reducing deer numbers in the area helps lower densities and remove CWD-positive animals.
MCGREGOR, Minn. — The deaths of two adults whose bodies were found Nov. 27 at a residence southeast of McGregor in north-central Minnesota were ruled a murder-suicide. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner identified the individuals as Laura Shingobe-Garbow, 62, and Matthew Garbow, 40, both of McGregor. The manner and cause of death for Laura Shingobe-Garbow was determined to be homicide by blunt force trauma injuries to the head. The manner and cause of death for Matthew Garbow was determined to be suicide by multiple sharp force injuries.
GREENBUSH, Minn. -- A school janitor was charged after police say he planned to have sex with a 15-year-old girl on school grounds, according to a press release from the Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force. Anthony Harry Brazier, 34, could face up to three years in prison for each of the two felony charges. He worked at Greenbush Middle River School, about 40 miles north of Thief River Falls.