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By Sarah Volpenheim Two former Northdale Oil employees accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the East Grand Forks Tesoro gas station pleaded guilty Monday to felony theft charges, according to court documents. Charges were leveled in state district court in Crookston, Minn., against Craig and Tanya Scheer, 50 and 45, respectively, after an audit revealed the Scheers had embezzled nearly $200,000 from the gas station over a period of several years, according to court records. “It’s an unfortunate situation that’s caused a lot of pain,” Scott
WE Fest, one of the biggest country music festivals in the country, has been sold to Townsquare Media, a Connecticut-based media company. The festival started in 1983 by Jeff Krueger, with Rand Levy and Chyrll Sparks coming on board in 1985. In 2010, Levy became the sole owner of the festival. The news was first reported on the website https://tasteofcountry.com , which is owned by Townsquare.
By Brady Slater/ Duluth News Tribune One year ago today, two small planes collided at sunset and people fell from the sky over Superior. Nine skydivers aboard the mangled planes jumped — as did the pilot of one plane before it crashed to the ground in flames.
By Brad Dokken / Grand Forks Herald Hunters in North Dakota and Minnesota will face substantially reduced deer hunting opportunities this fall as wildlife managers in the two states try to rebuild deer populations. North Dakota’s deer season opens at noon Friday, and Minnesota’s version of the fall tradition begins Saturday morning.
A Detroit Lakes teenager was injured after broadsiding another vehicle Saturday night. According to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol, A 2005 Ford Expedition was crossing of Highway 34 on County Road 29 around 11:25 p.m. The vehicle pulled in front of a westbound, 2000 Pontiac Bonneville being driven by Sadie Herman, who was struck on the passenger side. Herman received non-life-threatening injuries.
Fire has destroyed a popular Detroit Lakes bar. A call came in around 2 p.m. Sunday reporting a fire at the County 17 Bar & Grill, just off of Highway 59 and County Road 17, near Lake Melissa.
BRAINERD -- An investigation is now open after a Cass County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant sent several pornographic and racist emails to the work email box of Sheriff Tom Burch. At least 33 “inappropriate” emails have been sent from the personal email of Lt. Scott Thompson since 2010, Burch said. Thompson has not been disciplined, but an investigation has been started. He’s still working his normal shifts.
The goal was admirable even if the tax increase was astronomical. In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature jacked up Minnesota’s cigarette excise tax by a whopping 130 percent and raised the state’s tax on other tobacco products from 70 percent of the wholesale price to 95 percent of the wholesale price. The idea was to raise money for the state’s bottom line, sure, but the admirable other goal – the one stated again and again as justification for the big-bucks grab – was to get smokers to quit the filthy, cancer-causing habit in the face of just not being able to afford it anymore.
BY robb jeffries FORUM NEWS SERVICE The Sandpiper pipeline will remain in limbo until the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission can review all outstanding petitions, the body decided Thursday. The commission denied a motion by the North Dakota Pipeline Co., a subsidiary of Canada-based Enbridge, to reconsider a late August order to review one of several alternate pipeline routes.
By Nathan Bowe Forum News Service Minnesota Rep.