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The firearms deer season has come and gone and the muzzleloader season just wrapped up. But if you're still carrying an unpunched archery tag, there's still time. Brent Beimert is the owner of Beimert Outdoors, an archery pro shop in Brainerd. He's been an avid bowhunter for 30 years, and has hunted his way across the Midwest. He hunts in multiple states from September through December, but believes the last few weeks of the season provide an overlooked opportunity for hardy bowhunters.
GULLY, Minn. — A 19-year-old man died Friday morning, Dec. 14, during a rollover crash in Polk County, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. Investigators said the 2008 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck left the roadway and may have rolled several times. The driver was thrown from the vehicle, the release said. First responders were called to 330th Street Southeast and 380th Avenue Southeast in rural Gully at about 7:30 a.m., according to the release.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. - One of the two men arrested in connection with the Dec. 8 shooting in Alexandria has been formally charged and bail has been set. New details have also emerged about the events that led up to the shooting, involving allegations of robbery, arson, a fake kidnapping, a requested exchange of meth for stolen property and a claim of self-defense.
DULUTH — The man accused in Monday’s fatal shooting in the Gary-New Duluth neighborhood said his relationship with the victim grew increasingly hostile, according to court records. Brian Ross Shaw, 34, now of Hibbing, was formally charged in front of Judge Eric Hylden on Thursday, Dec. 13, with second-degree felony manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Kevin John Weiss, 35, of Duluth. If convicted, he would face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.
Several bomb threats have been reported around the country, including at 20 North Dakota hospitals, several Minnesota businesses and South Dakota schools. Hospitals in Wishek, Elgin, and Tioga in North Dakota were among those reporting bomb threats or emergency situations on Thursday, Dec. 13. The hospitals locked down, evacuated or closed following the threats, though most resumed normal operation by Thursday evening.
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.