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Just what is the best state in the good ol’ U.S.? In a topic sure to fuel debate, grandiose claims and a staunch homestate pride, one study aims to set the record straight. In its Best States ranking, U.S. News and World Report used more than 60 metrics — weighted by categories like health care, education, economy and crime — to determine the best and worst states.
Wadena, Minn. — Shoppers got quite the surprise at the Wadena Wal-Mart when they noticied a deer perusing the aisles. The picture above has been circulating all over social media, and the Wadena Police Department confirms a deer did wander through the superstore. Authorities say it happened around 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, May 16. A man was able to catch the deer and wrestle it to the ground by the dog food section. After some buzz in the store, the deer was brought back outside and set free.
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.