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FARGO — Stephanie J. Knuttila pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Cass County District Court to one count of theft by deception for stealing more than $50,000 from the company she worked for in West Fargo. Based on a recommendation from prosecutors, Judge Susan Bailey imposed no jail time, but placed Knuttila on supervised probation for five years and ordered her to pay restitution of about $82,000.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A driver was killed in a rollover crash on U.S. Highway 59 over the weekend, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The crash happened about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, south of Wheeler Lake Road and north of Detroit Lakes in Becker County.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- Brainerd International Raceway owner Jed Copham died Sunday, Nov. 11, as a result of a swimming accident off the west coast of Florida. He was 46. Copham was swimming from his parents’ boat Sunday afternoon near Punta Rassa, just south of Fort Myers, when he went missing. Search and rescue teams temporarily suspended their efforts to find Copham Sunday night after he went overboard, and found his body Monday morning.
ST.CLOUD, Minn. -- Two teenagers were critically injured, and four others were also hurt, in an apparent underage alcohol-related crash near this east-central Minnesota town late Saturday night, Nov. 10. The accident occurred about 11:20 p.m. when a pickup driven by Zachary Klaphake, 17, of Avon, went off a rural road near St Anthony and hit a large tree head-on with five other teenagers inside, according to Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson.
RAYMOND, Minn. – A 31-year-old man died Friday morning, Nov. 9, at a worksite southwest of Willmar in central Minnesota. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family. According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, a call of an unresponsive male was received around 11:46 a.m. The man had been working for a construction company installing tile in a field. The Sheriff’s Office reported the man might have been pinned between heavy equipment. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.
PEQUOT LAKES, Minn. -- A 16-year-old girl suffered a gunshot wound to the foot while loading hunting gear into a vehicle Tuesday, Nov. 6, in rural Pequot Lakes.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office continues to ask for the public’s assistance in the investigation of Terrence “Terry” Brisk’s death on Nov. 7, 2016. The sheriff’s office joined with the statewide nonprofit Crime Stoppers of Minnesota to invite the public to come forward easily and anonymously with any information about the case, a news release stated.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — Two Thief River Falls men face counterfeiting charges after police say they used fake $100 bills to get real money from a casino. Ricardo Martinez, 28, and Bobby Vinton Peralta, 42, had first appearances Monday in Pennington County District Court. Court documents detail how surveillance video at the Seven Clans Casino southeast of Thief River Falls caught the men trying to pass off three $100 bills to cashiers on or about Aug. 1.
FERTILE, Minn. -- A body of a man who had been hunting was found in a rural Fertile, Minn., field Tuesday night, a press release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office said. Timothy Leon Berhow, 66, of Grand Forks, N.D., was found just before 8:30 p.m. in a field where he had been hunting, the release said.
WANNASKA, Minn. -- A 19-year-old woman died after rolling her car Friday afternoon, a press release from the Roseau County Sheriff’s Office said. Leah Marie Vigum, of Twin Valley, Minn., was westbound on County Road 18 in Golden Valley Township, south of Wannaska, when her 1994 Pontiac Bonneville veered off the road and rolled just before 4:30 p.m., according to the release. Vigum was not wearing her seat belt and was thrown from the car, the release said.