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DULUTH — The Superior Hiking Trail Association has hired a new executive director to lead its work on maintaining, improving and supporting the iconic hiking route along the North Shore. Denny Caneff, who most recently spent 13 years as executive director of the River Alliance of Wisconsin, was hired after a four-month search to replace Gayle Coyer, who stepped down earlier this year after 16 years leading the SHTA. Caneff was selected from more than 70 applicants for the position.
ST. PAUL -- A Minneapolis man was sentenced to 11 years in prison Friday for selling heroin in the Bemidji area and two co-defendants will also serve time in a case officials described as the “largest heroin seizure in northern Minnesota.”
SPICER, Minn. -- U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson will host a bipartisan legislative forum to discuss the opioid crisis at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center in rural Spicer. State legislators, Sen. Andrew Lang, R-Olivia, and Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar, will also be at the session. “With partisanship at an all-time high, it’s more important now than ever to reach across the aisle,” said the DFL’er Peterson in a news release.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota Highway Patrol seized 1.7 pounds of heroin, a bag of marijuana and nearly $27,000 in cash and checks near Rapid City last month, according to a press release issued Tuesday, April 18. According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, two Washington state residents were arrested on drug-related charges following a March 31 morning traffic stop and foot pursuit on Interstate 90, just west of Rapid City.
RED WING, Minn. — Police in Red Wing opened a homicide investigation Tuesday, April 18, after finding a man with a bullet wound dead on a city sidewalk. Officers responded to a report of an unconscious man at 12:06 a.m. to discover the body Dangelo Masterjohn, 27, of Red Wing. The Red Wing Police Department is asking the public to provide tips by calling 651-385-3155 or submitting an anonymous tip to Minnesota Crime Stoppers online at www.crimestoppersmn.org .
VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn. — State officials are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting here Sunday night, April 16. According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, a Ramsey County Sheriff’s deputy shot an unidentified man in a recreational vehicle near Highway 61 and Interstate 694 on the north side of the Twin Cities.
FARGO — North Dakota's Doug Burgum has the highest approval rating of any governor in a red state, according to a poll released Tuesday, April 11. Sixty-nine percent of North Dakota voters polled by Morning Consult, a Washington, D.C., research firm, said they approve of Burgum, a Republican businessman who took office in December after winning nearly 77 percent of the vote. Overall, Burgum had the third-highest approval rating among governors. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was listed as 25th, with an approval rating of 58 percent.
FARGO -- A Fergus Falls, Minn., man faces a theft charge in Cass County District Court in Fargo after an agent with the area’s Metro Street Crimes Unit discovered $24,000 worth of stolen U.S. savings bonds in the man’s vehicle. According to court documents: The Street Crimes agent spotted an individual in a vehicle parked in the West Acres Shopping Center parking lot who he knew had an outstanding warrant.
NEW HOPE, Minn. — Law enforcement confirmed Monday, April 10, that they've recovered the body of a missing New Hope man from the Mississippi River near Grey Cloud Island. The Washington County Sheriff's Office retrieved the remains of 22-year-old Adam Alexander Clark after a tugboat operator spotted them around 7:30 p.m. Saturday near river mile marker 827, according to a release from Sgt. Sara Halverson.
CHICAGO — There was not one last magical ending left for Minnesota Duluth. The University of Denver held off a frantic third-period charge to beat Minnesota Duluth 3-2 in the NCAA Frozen Four national championship game Saturday night in Chicago's United Center. Denver sophomore forward Jarid Lukosevicius tallied a hat trick in the second period and goaltender Tanner Jaillet, who won the Mike Richter Award as college hockey's best netminder a day earlier, stopped 38 shots, including 16 in the third period alone.