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BEMIDJI, Minn.—The body of a man recovered Monday afternoon, May 15, from Lake Bemidji was identified Tuesday evening, May 16, as Lonnie Anthony Dubois. The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office stated the 54-year-old was identified at about 4 p.m., according to a news release. Dubois was discovered face down in the water after the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office received a report of the body at 2 p.m. Monday. The cause of death is unknown and the case remains under investigation, according to the release.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- Three new cases of measles were confirmed in Crow Wing County, bringing the total of confirmed cases in the north-central Minnesota county to four --although all appear to be from the same household. The Minnesota Department of Health said Friday the cases are linked to the original Crow Wing County case that was confirmed May 4. The new cases were announced in a release from Crow Wing County Community Services.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — A Worthington Police Department sergeant is facing a gross misdemeanor charge of unauthorized use of a stun gun and is now on administrative leave. A complaint filed on April 13 states that Josh McCuen invited members of his extended family to his home on Dec. 25, 2016. Some of the family members allegedly said they'd like to know what it felt like to be shocked.
HIBBING, Minn. -- A northern Minnesota man with a history of illicitly recording naked and partially unclothed women has admitted that he spied on a Hibbing woman while on probation for his earlier offenses. Kevin James Petroske, 36, pleaded guilty Thursday in State District Court in Hibbing to a felony charge of interference with privacy.
AURORA, Minn. -- A 66-year-old Aurora woman and 26-year-old Eveleth man were killed in separate crashes on Wednesday on the same northern Minnesota highway. Marilyn Louise Kriner died after the car she was driving sideswiped a semi-truck and then was struck broadside on the passenger side by an oncoming SUV on State Highway 135 in Biwabik Township just before 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.
MINNEAPOLIS—The ringleader of a multi-state drug trafficking organization prosecutors say flooded the Red Lake and White Earth reservations with heroin was sentenced Wednesday. Omar Beasley, 39, received a 25-year prison sentence after he was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine, oxycodone, hydromorphone, hydrocodone, and methadone. Thirty-nine other co-defendants have also been or will be sentenced in the case, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Within a matter of weeks, fidget spinners became one of the most in-demand items among school-aged kids. And almost just as quickly, the spinner fad spun out of control .
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Any local business owner will tell you good customer service is the key to getting customers back in the door. But even though the service is good, that doesn't always mean the customers are. After being accused of killing his girlfriend in a Crookston, Minn., apartment, a man skipped town, making a pitstop at Central Minnesota Motors in Detroit Lakes around 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 3.
A group of motorcyclists ride away from Blackduck (Minn.) Evangelical Free Church on Friday afternoon, May 5, after a funeral service for Tanner Beighley. Beighley, formerly of Bemidji, was killed Sunday, April 30, after the motorcycle he was driving collided with a car at 45th Street South and Interstate 94 in Fargo, N.D. Members of 701 Cycles, a group of riders from the Fargo area, served as honorary bearers for the service.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A 48-year-old Crookston woman died of asphyxia by strangulation in a homicide, according to preliminary results of an autopsy released by the Crookston Police Department Friday. Tawnja Rene Wallace was found dead in her apartment at 104 S. Broadway Wednesday morning.