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PILLAGER, Minn. -- Two stranded Brainerd motorists were found after getting lost in the woods amid temperatures roughly 23 below zero early Sunday morning, Dec. 31. Pillager Fire Chief Randy Lee said his firefighters were dispatched just after 3 a.m. Sunday to aid the Cass County Sheriff's office in locating two stranded motorists who had gotten lost and run out of gas in the Pillsbury State Forest, north of Pillager.
BRAINERD — A string of thefts was foiled as law enforcement investigated a Christmas Eve burglary. Coordination between law enforcement officers with several departments led to the arrest of a 32-year-old Pine River man. Owen Colby Swenson was arrested Dec. 24 and charged with 14 counts of mail theft and probation violation. Swenson's arrest stemmed from an investigation beginning about 4:40 p.m. Christmas Eve when the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office received a notice of a residential alarm at a house on the 8000 block of Big Whitefish Narrows, in Ideal Township.
MINNEAPOLIS — Hours before Sen. Al Franken makes an appearance to publicly thank “supporters and friends,” one new poll states the majority of Minnesota voters don’t think he should resign his seat. The Minnesota Democrat is set to officially resign next Tuesday, Jan. 2, a move that he reluctantly announced after his colleagues -- most notably a wave of Democratic women -- called for when numerous women alleged sexually inappropriate behavior.
COOK, Minn. -- A missing 72-year-old Cook man has been found after spending the night in his vehicle, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported on Tuesday.
Allegations of sexual harassment and the #metoo movement gained momentum, causing a storm of controversy that ended the careers of Minnesota politicians and a beloved radio personality. Those stories dominated the list of the top news stories in Minnesota for 2017 as voted on by several editors at Forum Communications Co. newspapers in the state. Topping the list was the resignation of Sen. Al Franken, who announced earlier this month that he would step down after eight women made public allegations of sexual harassment.
CROSBY, Minn. —Law enforcement officials say they discovered evidence of a meth lab Thursday at a trailer park in Crosby while executing a search warrant. Agents from the Lakes Area Drug Investigation Division and the Crow Wing County Tactical Response Team searched the Crosby home about 4:50 p.m. Thursday in Townsend Trailer Park. The search warrant was in connection to an ongoing drug investigation involving the manufacture and sale of meth.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - We've all seen what Adam Thielen can do on the football field for the Minnesota Vikings, but the Detroit Lakes native had some Pro Bowl-worthy moves even back in high school. Check out the video above for highlights from his high school career.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A 30-year-old Breckenridge, Minn., man was sentenced in Clay County District Court on Thursday, Dec. 21, to five years and 10 month in prison for his guilty plea to one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving someone under age 16. Kevin H. Silvernail initially faced three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The conduct occurred in Moorhead, according to court documents. The victim told investigators Silvernail smoked meth and talked the victim into trying it.
WASHINGTON—Minnesota gets a new U.S. senator on Jan. 3. A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Al Franken said on Wednesday, Dec. 20, that the senator will resign on Jan. 2. Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith is to be sworn in the next day. The announcement puts to rest rumors that Franken will decide to stay in office after announcing two weeks ago that he would resign over sexual misconduct allegations. At the time, he only said he would leave the Senate "in coming weeks." That produced speculation that he may opt to remain in office.
RED LAKE, Minn.—An overdose on the Red Lake reservation prompted law enforcement there to warn the public about heroin-related risks Tuesday. According to a release posted on the Red Lake Police Department's Facebook page Tuesday afternoon, an overdose victim was "dumped" at the Red Lake hospital on either Monday or Tuesday. In the release, the police department urged bystanders and friends of an overdose victim to remain with the person until help arrives, and emphasized the importance of quickly obtaining medical treatment.