FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—About 60 employees will be without a job at Sun Mart when the grocery store here closes next month. Grocery distributor and retailer SpartanNash announced to their Fergus Falls Sun Mart employees on Friday, June 15, that the location would be aiming for a July 14 closure. Pharmacy scripts are being sold to Walgreens, and the department is shutting down June 19. The Sun Mart Express fuel station does not have a definite closing date.
ST. PAUL—A Chisago County grand jury has indicted a man accused of driving a snowmobile on Chisago Lake that struck and killed an 8-year-old boy who was preparing to go ice fishing with his family. According to the Associated Press, 45-year-old Eric Coleman, of Chisago City, Minn., is charged with third-degree murder, criminal vehicular homicide, criminal vehicular operation and drunken driving in connection with the Jan. 26 incident.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A 12-year-old girl died Friday in an apparent drowning in a swampy area between two lakes near here. JaLysa Anne Cook of Alexandria was found in about 3 feet of water about 6:10 p.m, according to authorities.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Farm Bureau's Sesquicentennial Farm program will honor Minnesota families who have owned their farms for at least 150 years. Since the Sesquicentennial Farm program began in 2008, over 225 farms have been recognized. The Sesquicentennial Farm program recognizes family farms according to the following qualifications:
GRAND FORKS – A bomb threat prompted officials to evacuate the Grand Forks International Airport early Saturday morning, Jan. 28. Grand Forks officers responded at 5:14 a.m. to the airport after a traveler told a ticket agent there was a bomb in his bag, according to a news release. The suspect, who was taken into custody there without incident, was identified as Paraman Radhakishan, 53.
LAKE SUPERIOR—The popular, ice-coated Apostle Islands sea caves won't be opening anytime in the near future, officials say. "For all those hoping for ice caves, we wish we had better news. It's still possible, but looking less likely," Julie Van Stappen announced on the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore's Facebook page. At this point, "it's anyone's guess" if the caves will become accessible yet this winter, said Van Stappen, chief of planning and resource management at the Apostle Islands.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — With voters in the Worthington Public School District voting overwhelmingly against a $79 million facilities bond referendum just months ago, it seemed fitting that Lt. Gov. Tina Smith would visit Thursday to garner support for an agriculture property tax credit in Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed tax bill.
GRAND MARAIS — A 22-year-old Grand Marais was killed in a snowmobile crash on New Year's Eve. Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen said Wayne Gunnar Anderson was snowmobiling with a friend about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday on County Road 8 just north of Grand Marais when he became separated from his machine and was struck by his friend's machine.
SEOUL — Samsung on Friday said it expected to take a hit to its operating profit of about $3 billion over the next two quarters due to the discontinuation of its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. The outlook brings to about $5.3 billion the total losses the global smartphone leader has forecast as a result of the overheating issues, after it said Wednesday it would suffer a $2.3 billion hit to third-quarter profit.
LONDON — The Rolling Stones are heading back to their roots. The band announced on Thursday it will release its first studio album in over a decade in December — covers of the American blues greats who got them into music in the first place. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts recorded "Blue & Lonesome" last December in three days at London's British Grove Studios. That's close to where the band, which formed in 1962, began performing at local venues with American blues as a major inspiration.