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DULUTH -- A 33-year-old Duluth middle school teacher has been arrested for alleged child sexual abuse. The woman was booked into the St. Louis County Jail on Monday afternoon, May 21, on a preliminary charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a victim between the ages 13-15, according to jail records. Karla Winterfeld, a teacher at Lincoln Park Middle School teacher was arrested around 3:15 p.m. Monday as part of an ongoing investigation. Winterfeld was listed on the St. Louis County jail roster Tuesday afternoon.
CANNON FALLS, Minn. -- A couple were held at gunpoint in their home in Cannon Falls Township Tuesday morning, May 22, and robbed of cash and belongings, authorities said. The suspects, described as two black males in their 20s, reportedly rang the doorbell at the William and Wanda Carlstrom residence about 8 a.m. When the man answered, the suspects
WARMAN, Minn. -- A Mora man was killed when the Jeep he was driving crossed lanes and collided with a truck as he was being pursued by authorities, police said. The Minnesota State Patrol said Christopher Scott Podvin, 37, was driving north on state Highway 65 in Aitkin County when his 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee collided with a southbound 1996 International 21000 driven by Jeffrey Norman Vorbeck, 61, of Tamarack. Podvin, who was not wearing a seat belt, was being pursued at the time by Kanabec County Sheriff’s units, the State Patrol said.
STILLWATER, Minn. -- An angler from Stillwater has set a new record for lake sturgeon in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ catch-and-release category. Jack Burke and fishing buddy Michael Orgas were recently on a lake sturgeon fishing trip on the Rainy River in Koochiching County in far northern Minnesota.
LAPORTE, Minn. — A 42-year-old Iowa man and his 4-year-old child died after their kayak overturned on Hart Lake on Saturday, May 19. The Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office responded to the lake at about 1:26 p.m. Saturday after a family member of the victims reported that the kayak had overturned and not come up to the surface of the water.
CASS LAKE, Minn. — Former state Sen. Harold "Skip" Finn died Thursday, May 17, according to a statement from his daughter. Finn, 69, a Leech Lake band member, represented Minnesota's District 4 from 1991 to 1996. A member of the DFL, he also served as majority whip. In a statement released Friday, Finn's daughter — who is now a state representative herself — said her father died at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis.
BISMARCK — Neal Leier's walleye caught on May 18 broke the longest-standing state record fish in North Dakota, one that stood for nearly 60 years. The Bismarck angler reeled in a 15-pound, 13-ounce walleye from the Missouri River near Fox Island, besting the old record by one ounce, the state's Game and Fish Department said in a release. The 32½-inch fish broke the record that was established from Wood Lake in 1959 by Blair Chapman of Minnewaukan.
LEGIONVILLE, Minn. -- A monstrous floating bog -- about the size of three football fields -- is refusing to leave without a fight from the spot it floated into on a northern Minnesota lake north of Brainerd. The bog has been lodged in North Long Lake in front of the Minnesota American Legion’s Legionville School Safety Patrol Training Center since last fall.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn.—Blogger and food writer Molly Yeh will be starring in food show premiering next month. The Food Network announced Tuesday, May 15, the writer whose blog is titled "My Name is Yeh" will be the focus of a show titled "Girl Meets Farm," starting at 11 a.m. June 24. Originally from Chicago, and a previous resident of New York City, Yeh moved to East Grand Forks in 2013 with her husband, Nick Hagen, a local farmer.
CLOQUET, Minn. -- Authorities are investigating the death of a worker at paper and pulp mill in Cloquet on Tuesday, May 15. “We are shocked and saddened to confirm the death of Mr. Ryan Martin,” Sappi corporate spokeswoman Olga Karagiannis wrote in an email Wednesday. “Sappi is investigating and working with authorities to understand the cause of death.” The company did not offer any further information on the circumstances of Martin’s death. Cloquet Police Department and Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry officials also did not immediately have further details.