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A 19-year-old Pine River man admitted in Cass County District Court in Walker to sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl. William Pearl Schnoor was charged last fall with six felony criminal sexual conduct counts. He sexually assaulting the girl July 2, 2016, while staying at a relative's home in Pine River. The girl told investigators Schnoor woke her up and sexually assaulted her.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — A Minnesota state senator says she is running for the U.S. House of Representatives seat that serves southern Minnesota. However, Sen. Carla Nelson of Rochester would say little about her campaign on Monday, Oct. 2. "While I have decided to run for Congress, today is not a day for campaigning," she said. "This is a solemn day for our nation, a time when we need to come together and pray for the victims of Las Vegas, their families and all who have been affected by this tragedy."
KENSINGTON, Minn. -- A 33-year-old man Brandon was killed Sunday evening, Oct. 1, in a rollover crash near Kensington. Mitchell Brazel died in the crash about 8 p.m., the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Brazel was driving east on Elk Lake Road when he came to a T intersection on County Road 25. Brazel did not make the turn and his 2003 GMC Yukon went off the embankment and hit a tree at the bottom of the ditch. Brazel's body has been taken to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy.
MANKATO, Minn. -- The Minnesota River "strains under pressure from its geology, surrounding land use and changing climate," the state Pollution Control Agency reports after an extensive study. The MPCA reported on Monday, Oct. 2, that the river faces water quality issues from sediment that clouds the water, phosphorus that contributes to algae growth and nitrogen and bacteria that pose health risks.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a Minnesota case challenging a state law that allows sex offenders to remain locked up indefinitely. The court announced Monday, Oct. 2, that it will not take up the case. In not hearing it, the court allows an early 2017 ruling by a federal appeals court to stand. The appeals decision overturned a lower court decision that found the sex offender program unconstitutional. The appeals ruling removed requirements for immediate changes.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A Bemidji Police squad car was involved in a crash with an ATV early Sunday, Oct. 1, that sent three people to the hospital after a pursuit in downtown Bemidji, Minn.
GRAND FORKS — Pheasant hunters in North Dakota can expect to cover more ground this fall. Hammered by a severe winter that affected survival and summer drought conditions that hampered production, pheasant numbers are down. North Dakota's pheasant season opens Saturday, Oct. 7.
AUDUBON, Minn. — A suspect sustained multiple gunshot wounds in a shootout with law enforcement officers that occurred following a high-speed chase on U.S. Highway 10 in Becker County late Thursday night, Sept. 28. Neither the identity of the suspect nor his condition was known. No officers were injured.
BISMARCK—The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline donated $15 million to the state of North Dakota to help pay for the response to the monthslong protests against the project, Gov. Doug Burgum said Thursday, Sept. 28. The donation from Dakota Access LLC was wired to the state-owned Bank of North Dakota Thursday afternoon and will be used to pay down loans taken out by the state Department of Emergency Services.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—A construction worker was taken by helicopter to Fargo from the Gene Dillon Elementary School construction site Wednesday morning after an apparent fall there. Few details were immediately available. Bob Fitzgerald, a director of operations at construction company Kraus Anderson—which is managing the project—said the man is an ironworker for Northern Industrial Erectors and was transported to a medical facility in Fargo for further evaluation.