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Eden Valley farmer elected to National Corn Board
Poll: Trump trails by 6 points after DNC
Vikings & fine art come together in new stadium
Clinton gets down to campaign business
Records for July 30
G/L Legion marches ahead at state
Getting it right
Stingers rebound to clobber Bucks
Fast start propels Stingers past Waterloo
Peterson sets sights on another NFL record
Judge dismisses 29 claims to late musician Prince's estate
Small town Lake Lillian gears up for big time production
Hundreds enjoy an evening of music at Robbins Island
'American Crime Story,' 'Thrones" score top Emmy noms
Smithsonian exhibit on display at Prairie Woods
The search for a world-record lake trout
Johnson -- Haverly
Quisberg -- Larson
Northland Outdoors TV goes in search of monster trout
Swanson — Winther
Live it: How a mentoring program helps Willmar-area girls find their way
Live it!: Local mentoring program has a lasting effect on the young lives it touches
June/July issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: Tips for DIY leatherworking in jewelry
Live it: Nothing screams spring like asparagus
Esther Helen Iverson
Helen M. Sorenson
David L. Lake
Parker: Are we all Democrats this year?
Dionne: Hillary takes the fight to Trump
Thomas: Hillary's recycled speech
Obama: Continuity we can believe in
Will: Mike Pence the pliable
July 9, 2016
Civil trial in sex assault case set for 2017
WILLMAR—A jury trial has been set in the civil case against Willmar businessman Peter Clare Hoagland, accused of sexual assault against minors. The next hearing in the civil personal injury lawsuit, pursued by two of the alleged victims, is not scheduled until summer of 2017....
July 9, 2016 - 12:24am
June 10, 2016
‘Monster” of a man gets 30 years for turning 13-year-old Minnesotan into online sex slave
LAKE ELMO -- A man convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl — whom he never met in person — got a prison sentence of nearly 30 years Thursday...
June 10, 2016 - 5:30am
June 3, 2016
Court filing details why Heinrich is suspected in Wetterling case
MINNEAPOLIS - A court document filed this week in connection with the federal child pornography case against Danny Heinrich spells out why he...
June 3, 2016 - 5:30am
May 24, 2016
Bill Cosby to stand trial in sexual assault case
LOS ANGELES - Bill Cosby will be tried on all charges of sexual assault brought by a Pennsylvania district attorney, a judge ruled on Tuesday.Cosby...
May 24, 2016 - 12:42pm
May 2, 2016
Employee of Granite Falls home for vulnerable adults faces sexual assault charges
GRANITE FALLS — A male employee at a Granite Falls home for vulnerable adults has been charged in Yellow Medicine County District Court for...
May 2, 2016 - 11:00pm
April 3, 2016
South Dakota rancher sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for aggravated incest
WINNER, S.D. - A 40-year-old Winner rancher will spend 4.5 years in prison for aggravated incest, according to the South Dakota U.S. attorney’s office. Clinton Pierce was sentenced earlier this week by U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange. According to his indictment, between...
April 3, 2016 - 12:26pm
March 16, 2016
Minnesotan who impregnated 12-year-old girl is sentenced
WALKER -- A 27-year-old Maplewood man will serve 12 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old female and impregnating her during the assault that took place in August of 2014 at the Palace Casino in Cass Lake, court documents stated. Travion Jarel Allen pled guilty last...
March 16, 2016 - 9:06am
February 13, 2016
Man gets 13 years for sexually assaulting Litchfield boy
LITCHFIELD — The Meeker County Attorney sought a life sentence for Michael James Vieau, a St. Paul man convicted of first-degree criminal sexual...
February 13, 2016 - 12:04am
February 9, 2016
Court orders mental health treatment for man charged in sexual assault
WILLMAR — A Willmar man charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in December 2014 was deemed mentally ill at a court hearing Tuesday. Richard Gerald Otterness, 77, was ordered in Kandiyohi County District Court to serve six months in a treatment facility. Otterness was...
February 9, 2016 - 8:41pm
January 18, 2016
Minnesota man allegedly attempts sexual assault during daughter’s sleepover
CROSBY - A 34-year-old man is facing two criminal sexual conduct charges after Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office investigated a report of a sexual assault. Ricky Matthew Venne allegedly lured his daughter’s 16-year-old friend to his bedroom to sexually assault her in the early hours...
January 18, 2016 - 11:42pm
December 30, 2015
Bill Cosby charged with felony sexual assault in Pennsylvania
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Comedian Bill Cosby was charged on Wednesday with sexually assaulting a woman in 2004 after plying her with drugs and alcohol, marking the first criminal case against a once-beloved performer whose father-figure persona was already left tattered by dozens...
December 30, 2015 - 1:17pm
September 20, 2015
Grant allows authorities, sex assault victims to collaborate
DULUTH — Earlier this summer, the Duluth Police Department reported to the state that it had 565 untested sexual assault kits going back more than 20 years. It’s a number that law enforcement officers, prosecutors and victims’ advocates alike want to see reduced. Those untested...
September 20, 2015 - 11:08pm
August 28, 2015
Fourth girl accuses priest of sexual assault
DULUTH — A Hibbing priest has been named by a fourth accuser for sexual assault and now faces seven felony counts in State District Court. Fr. Brian Michael Lederer, who was charged in May with inappropriately touching three girls, has now been charged with touching another girl. He’s...
August 28, 2015 - 10:17pm
July 17, 2015
Defense argues for probation but judge sentences man to prison in sexual assault
WILLMAR — District Judge David Mennis sentenced 23-year-old Joshua Florez to 41 months in prison Thursday afternoon on a felony charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a helpless victim. Florez was sentenced after he pleaded guilty in March to sexually assaulting...
July 17, 2015 - 12:27am
May 20, 2015
Police apprehend sexual assault suspect
WILLMAR — A 27-year-old Willmar man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl has been apprehended by law enforcement and made his first court appearance Tuesday on a felony charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. A warrant had been issued for Julian Joe Vallejo’s arrest...
May 20, 2015 - 12:50am