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TWO HARBORS, Minn. — A 20-year-old woman has died days after a mishap at Gooseberry Falls State Park, her family announced in a CaringBridge post. Rebecca Nara fell approximately 20 to 30 feet at the lower falls of the popular North Shore attraction on Saturday, July 13, according to the website and a release from the Lake County Sheriff's Office. She was airlifted to Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. Her death was announced Wednesday on CaringBridge.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office created a new unit to investigate wage theft, according to a statement released Monday, July 15. Gov. Tim Walz signed a new law that invested $3.1 million in the Department of Labor and Industry to enforce wage and hour laws. The new law is designed to protect workers from exploitative employers who do not pay them for their work. The legislation adds criminal penalties for employers.
WAUPUN, Wis. — Jake Patterson, convicted of kidnapping Wisconsin teenager Jayme Closs and murdering her parents, has been transferred to a corrections facility out of state. Patterson was moved July 15. His new location is not being disclosed "for his safety," said Clare Hendricks, deputy communications director for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A Detroit Lakes man was stabbed several times in the torso and leg during a fight early Sunday morning, July 14, at a residence in Burlington Township, rural Detroit Lakes, according to Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander. Tristan Matthew Wimmer, 20, was treated for multiple stab wounds at Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital. Becker County deputies and Detroit Lakes police officers responded to a call from the hospital about 3 a.m., Glander said.
TWO HARBORS, Minn. — A woman was airlifted after falling off waterfalls at Gooseberry State Park along Lake Superior on Saturday, July 13, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office. The 20-year-old woman was airlifted to Duluth after falling around 30 feet from the lower falls at Gooseberry, the sheriff's office said. Her injuries are not known at this time. Gooseberry State Park is about 45 miles northeast of Duluth.
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. — Over 2,000 pieces of military equipment from the Minnesota National Guard is being loaded onto rail cars through July 26 for movement from Camp Ripley. Soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, mostly from Minnesota, along with supporting units, are moving their equipment in preparation for an eXportable Combat Training Capability, or XCTC, exercise at Fort Hood, Texas, later this summer.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — The Bemidji Police Department is searching for a woman missing since 11:20 p.m. Sunday, July 14. According to a Facebook post from Bemidji police, 20-year-old Tangela Aragon was last seen at 727 26th St. NW. Tangela told the people she was with at the time she was going out for a smoke but never returned to the residence. Bemidji police said she was possibly seen getting into a blue-grey minivan at the Petro Serve Gas Station a short time later. No photographs of Aragon are available at this time.
DULUTH — A Duluth police officer on his way to work Thursday, July 11, rescued a toddler from a runaway van, according to Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken. In a Facebook post Saturday, Tusken said police closed Mesaba Avenue around 5:30 p.m. Thursday while investigating a collision. A mother was in the process of getting two toddlers from a nearby van when it began to roll away with one of the toddlers still inside, Tusken wrote. The van struck a vehicle before becoming lodged in trees on the steep hillside below the street.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — Road construction has meant hard times for the Minnesota Fishing Museum and Hall of Fame in Little Falls, and the site is in danger of closing its doors without an influx of money. According to a news release from the Museum and Hall, Minnesota Highway 27, which runs in front of the building, was closed June 14, right before Father’s Day, one of the busiest weekends of the year for the Museum and Hall of Fame. With decreased traffic, summer tourism is at an all-time low.
HAWLEY, Minn. — The pilot who died in an ultralight plane crash has been identified by authorities as Bradley Gibb, 69, of Vergas. Gibb's aircraft went down about 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, at the Hawley Airport. The pilot died on scene, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office. He was the only occupant of the plane when it went down. The crash remains under investigation by the Clay County Sheriff's Office, Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. Hawley is about 20 miles east of Moorhead.