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BRAINERD-- A line of powerful thunderstorms roared across central Minnesota Sunday night, with numerous reports of hail -- some as large as a softball -- and sightings of funnel clouds. Downed trees trapped people in their homes and caused minor injuries.
Updated 9:51 p.m. Severe storms have resulted in at least two tornadoes in northern Minnesota this evening, according to reports from the National Weather Service.
Updated 6:12 p.m. Sunday STEPHEN -- Divers recovered the body of a 5-year-old boy who drowned at a Marshall County campsite early Sunday morning. Cpl. Thomas Inocencio, commander of the Northeast Regional Water Operations Team, said the boy was found in about 5 feet of water, 30 feet from the shore, under a submerged dock, at about 1 a.m. The drowning occurred in the reservoir on the Tamarack River inside Florian Park, about 16 miles east of Stephen.
BEMIDJI -- Lightning strikes were thought to be the cause of fires Friday morning during a thunderstorm that destroyed a town hall and a barn near Bemidji.
ST. PAUL -- A federal study shows that a Minnesota health effort that combines two major health programs works for the state's elderly. The study said that older adults served by the Minnesota Senior Health Options program, combining federal Medicaid and Medicare benefits, showed patients were much less likely to end up in hospitals and they received better care. Those who were hospitalized, the study showed, had shorter stays.
The University of Minnesota men’s basketball program is making a return trip to the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, this time to face Vanderbilt University in a regular-season contest Dec. 3
Forum Communications Co. announced Friday it is entering into an agreement to purchase the publications and a carrier delivery company owned by Helmer Printing. The deal is scheduled to close Monday, June 27. Helmer Printing is a third-generation, family-owned company based in Beldenville, Wis. Siblings Mark, Scott and Jenny Helmer will continue to operate their busy commercial printing business.
BEMIDJI -- The City Council of Blackduck voted to fire Chief of Police John Wilkinson earlier this month for violating city and state policies and for conduct unbecoming of a law officer. Wilkinson officially was placed on paid administrative leave June 6 and has 60 days to request a hearing before a neutral party.
VIRGINIA — A teenage girl allegedly witnessed the killing of a Hibbing man last month, drove with the suspect when he dumped the body and later lied to investigators about the events of that night, according to charges filed this week. A Hibbing man also faces charges after allegedly seeing the aftermath of the crime, hearing the suspect confess, helping to clean the apartment of blood and also lying to authorities.
ROSEAU — A Roseau County deputy sheriff who pleading guilty to “shooting up” a hunting cabin and burning the gun has resigned from the department. Joshua McGurran Olson, 34, was charged in April with Roseau County District Court with first-degree damage to property, a felony, and falsely reporting a crime, a misdemeanor. Olson was supposed to make his first appearance in court on the charges May 12, but that was cancelled. Instead, he pleaded guilty to both charges June 9.