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BEMIDJI, Minn. -- One home is destroyed after an early morning fire in Rockwood Township. Authorities were called to the scene around 1 a.m. Wednesday. When they arrived, flames were shooting through the roof. Seventeen firefighters from several different agencies battled the flames for multiple hours before it was under control. Damage is estimaed at $109,000. No one was home at the time of the blaze. The cause is under investigation.
KILLEEN, Texas—A Texas woman's Facebook complaint has gone viral after she complained that a decorative item featuring cotton sold at a local Hobby Lobby was "wrong on so many levels." In the Facebook post, Daniell Rider writes: "This decor is WRONG on SO many levels, There is nothing decorative about raw cotton... A commodity which was gained at the expense of African-American slaves." "A little sensitivity goes a long way. PLEASE REMOVE THIS "decor."
BACKUS, Minn. —The Cass County Sheriff's Office is still looking for a person who was shot at while apparently attempting a home invasion in rural Backus in northern Minnesota.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem joined other attorneys general in a letter to Equifax expressing concerns over the credit reporting agency's response to its massive security breach, his office said Friday, Sept. 15. The attorneys general asked the company to make its website less confusing, add customer service staff, make the hotline number available 24 hours a day and to disable links for its fee-based credit monitoring service. They said Equifax should reimburse consumers who have had to pay fees to freeze their credit.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is taking applications through Sept. 25 for 12 people to service on the DNR's Fisheries Oversight and Wildlife Oversight committees. Appointees will review the DNR's annual Game and Fish Fund Report in detail and, after discussions with agency leaders and others, write a report on the findings of this review. About half the current members' terms expire Dec. 14 and are subject to this open application, the DNR said in a news release.
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Jazz signed point guard Nate Wolters, a former South Dakota State standout and St. Cloud, Minn., native, to a two-way contract on Wednesday. Terms of the Sept. 13 deal were not released, per team policy, the Jazz said on its website. A second-round NBA draft pick in 2013, Wolters played in Serbia last season after stints with the Milwaukee Bucks and the New Orleans Pelicans. He has appeared in 79 NBA games with 31 starts, averaging 5.8 points and 19.7 minutes per game.
ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Air National Guard has sent 41 airmen in recent days to help aid efforts after Hurricane Irma. Six Soldiers from the Minnesota Army National Guard also departed Monday morning, Sept. 11, to support relief efforts.
WAUBUN, MINN. -- Three people had to be airlifted to Sanford Medical in Fargo on Saturday, September 9 after crashing their vehicle. At approximately 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Kennedy Heisler, 18, of White Earth was driving a 2003 Oldsmobile eastbound on Highway 113 when his vehicle hit a driveway approach and vaulted.
FARMINGTON, Minn. -- A man is facing attempted murder and assault charges in connection to the non-fatal shooting of a 25-year-old woman Sunday night, Sept. 3, in a Farmington neighborhood. Nicholas Orion Carlson, 35, of Farmington, was charged Sept. 6 with attempted second-degree murder with intent to kill, first-degree assault and second-degree assault — all felonies. The attempted murder charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years if convicted.
BLACKDUCK, Minn. —A northern Minnesota man was charged with felony false imprisonment Tuesday after allegedly abducting his ex-girlfriend and holding her against her will. Joshua Malcom Smith, 31, of Blackduck was arrested Friday evening after Beltrami County deputies received a call from the victim's family, who reported the alleged abduction. When they arrived at Smith's house in Blackduck, about 30 miles northeast of Bemidji, the deputies found the woman walking away from the home, according to a news release.