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Lake Superior lighthouse to be restored
Faith, forgiveness help Minnesota parents deal with daughter's death at hands of drunk driver
Zoo in Minnesota to raise two more rare snow leopards
Girls on flight to Minneapolis barred for wearing leggings without dresses
After healthcare flop, White House seeks help from Congress on tax
Inspired by grandfather, Taylor Rogers just keeps taking the ball for Minnesota Twins
NCAA Tournament: Maye lifts Tar Heels to Final Four
Among fresh faces, Tar Heels make it to Final Four in win over Kentucky
South Carolina defeats Florida for first Final Four berth
Wild play better as they pick up point, but Red Wings win in OT
Donald Trump once called actress Emma Thompson for a date
'Wheel of Fortune' unfortunate guess goes viral
'Sesame Street' to welcome muppet character with autism
Kim Kardashian breaks silence on Paris robbery
'Beauty and the Beast' smashes records with towering $170 million debut
'Dogs!' Children's musical opens tonight at The Barn in Willmar
Willmar High School band and choir concerts rescheduled
Pirrotta Park: Spicer to rename downtown park
Volunteer training for AIS detection to begin in April
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Loren E. Meyer
Ruth O. Jones
Swift: Hairstyling technique not all it is wrapped up to be
'Bright sadness' describes Lenten journey at Fargo church
Planning the spring garden calendar
Fielding Questions: Rabbit damage can ruin evergreens
Commentary: Minnesota needs transportation investment
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February 18, 2017
Thousands of sexual assault evidence kits across Minnesota sit untested
ST. PAUL — When her freezer at Regions Hospital in St. Paul gets full, Ellen Johnson gets, in her words, "frantic." It's full of sexual assault...
February 18, 2017 - 5:33pm
February 9, 2017
Suspect in 5-year-old's kidnapping, murder wants grand jury testimony for defense prep
WALKER, Minn. — The defense attorney for a Coon Rapids man accused in the murder and sexual assault of 5-year-old Alayna Jeanne Ertl last...
February 9, 2017 - 2:14pm
December 18, 2016
McFeely: A measure of maturity would've served U of M's protesting athletes well
FARGO — The thing that felt wrong from the start about the University of Minnesota football team's boycott was the belief, emanating from...
December 18, 2016 - 11:58am
October 21, 2016
Marcus commentary: Trump's alleged groping in depressing
WASHINGTON—The arm went around my shoulder. Then the hand began to creep, farther and farther, down the neckline of my dress. I was 20,...
October 21, 2016 - 12:52am
September 8, 2016
Brainerd H.S. prom night sexual assault case continues
One man has taken a plea deal and another is awaiting a jury trial in an alleged rape case involving two victims occurring the night of the 2014...
September 8, 2016 - 10:27pm
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