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She was walking her therapy dog. Ten feet away, a hunter took aim.
Neighbors yell 'he can't hear you' before Oklahoma City officer fatally shoots deaf man
Hurricane Maria churns through Caribbean as ravaged Puerto Rico takes stock of an 'island destroyed'
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Jimmy Kimmel gets heated about health-care bill, says Sen. Bill Cassidy 'lied right to my face'
CNN anchor ends segment early over commentator's bizarre 'boobs' remark
Jimmy Kimmel mocks Sean Spicer to his face about that inauguration crowd size incident
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In loss for Netflix, 'Star Wars' and Marvel films will move to Disney's new streaming service
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Fall Home Improvement 2017 now available online
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Retired nuclear physicist from Park River makes, sells thousands of jars of chokecherry jelly for charity
Latest issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
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Partners of tiny Fargo firm say anti-Muslim tirade by employee made their lives miserable
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
May 14, 2015
Warrant issued for Willmar man alleged to have sexually assaulted young girl
WILLMAR — A 27-year-old Willmar man faces a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 13. Julian Joe Vallejo was scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday on the charge. He reportedly failed to appear at...
May 14, 2015 - 12:16am
April 27, 2015
Two Dassel men face charges for alleged sexual assault of girl
LITCHFIELD — Two Dassel men are charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl they met on a social networking website. Michael James Rarer, 22, and Kenneth Gerald Cope, 48, each made their first court appearances on the charges...
April 27, 2015 - 11:34pm
April 23, 2015
Two Dassel men arrested Wednesday for criminal sexual conduct
DASSEL – The Meeker County Sheriff’s office arrested two Dassel men Wednesday alleged to have sexually assaulted a juvenile female. The suspects, a 22-year-old man and a 48-year-old man, each face a pending charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Both suspects...
April 23, 2015 - 4:21pm
Spicer man charged for alleged sexual assault
WILLMAR — A 29-year-old Spicer man made his first appearance Monday on charges of first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl. Nickolas Steven Neal remained in custody at the Kandiyohi County Jail as of Monday afternoon,...
March 23, 2015 - 11:23pm
Willmar man faces criminal sexual conduct charges
WILLMAR — A 27-year-old Willmar man made his first appearance on multiple criminal sexual conduct charges Monday for allegedly sexually assaulting a young girl. WILLMAR — A 27-year-old Willmar man made his first appearance on multiple criminal sexual conduct charges Monday...
March 23, 2015 - 10:55pm
February 26, 2015
Starbuck man now sentenced to 15 years for sexual assault after violating probation
GLENWOOD — A 36-year-old Starbuck man was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison for a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Ryan Emmett Moore is classified as a Level 3 sex offender, the Department of Corrections’ classification for defendants deemed most likely...
February 26, 2015 - 11:15pm
January 30, 2015
Willmar man faces sexual assault charges
WILLMAR — A 76-year-old Willmar man made his first court appearance Friday on two charges of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree for allegedly sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl. Richard Gerald Otterness was granted a public defender Friday and is scheduled for another...
January 30, 2015 - 11:35pm
December 29, 2014
Attorney dismisses sexual assault charges
WILLMAR — The prosecuting attorney has dismissed charges against a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint this August in Willmar. Miguel Angel Moreno, 23, of Willmar, was scheduled this week for a jury trial in Kandiyohi County District Court on three counts of...
December 29, 2014 - 9:56pm
December 22, 2014
Cameras see more than skin deep
WILLMAR –– Like a relationship that looks OK on the outside but is deeply troubled under the surface, the physical bruises of victims of domestic violence may also be difficult to see. Without evidence of abuse, perpetrators can go uncharged and victims remain at risk. But a...
December 22, 2014 - 10:30pm