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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.
GORDON, Wis. — A 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who had been missing since October has been found alive in rural Douglas County, Wisconsin, on Thursday, Jan. 10, authorities said.
MINNEAPOLIS — A 78-year-old Brainerd woman died Saturday, Jan. 5, at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis after suffering complications of thermal injuries in a burning incident a day earlier, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office reported. The examiner’s office identified the woman as Janet Arlene Fraune.
ST. PAUL - More than 300 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota combined to make 2,757 arrests for drunken driving during a holiday enforcement campaign, an increase of nearly 4 percent from 2,656 a year ago. During the Nov. 21-Dec. 29 campaign, 15 drivers were reported to have a blood-alcohol content level of .30 or higher, the highest being .424 reported by University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) police, the Department of Public Safety said. Among the arrests:
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — The victim’s told Joshua Holby she doesn’t blame his family or harbor any ill feelings toward them. However, she told him, as well as everyone in the courtroom, that she does feel hatred toward him and that she will never forgive him for what he did to her daughter. Holby, 32, was sentenced in Douglas County District Court by Judge Timothy Churchwell to 86 months in prison after pleading guilty in September to two counts of kidnapping, a felony-level offense. Under the guidelines and because he has no prior criminal record, Holby received the 86-month sentence.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — Minnesota officials have announced the names of two lucky residents who bought lottery tickets worth $1 million each. Deb Meyer, of Prior Lake, Minn., got her winning ticket from Superpumper in Crookston, though it was her husband who purchased the Minnesota Millionaire Raffle ticket for her on Nov. 2 while on a hunting trip in northwest Minnesota, according to a news release from the Minnesota Lottery.
MINNEAPOLIS — A Thief River Falls chiropractor accused of defrauding more than $1 million from insurance companies is expected to change his plea in federal court. Steven Richard Wiseth, 36, has reached a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minnesota, according to a letter from his attorney. Wiseth, who is charged with six counts of wire fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft, is scheduled to appear Jan. 17 in U.S. District Court for a change of plea hearing. He was slated to go to trial Monday, but that has been canceled.