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BLACKDUCK, Minn. —A northern Minnesota man was charged with felony false imprisonment Tuesday after allegedly abducting his ex-girlfriend and holding her against her will. Joshua Malcom Smith, 31, of Blackduck was arrested Friday evening after Beltrami County deputies received a call from the victim's family, who reported the alleged abduction. When they arrived at Smith's house in Blackduck, about 30 miles northeast of Bemidji, the deputies found the woman walking away from the home, according to a news release.
SEBEKA, Minn. -- A predatory sex offender is being sought by the Wadena County Sheriff’s office in northwest Minnesota. The offender, Timothy George Bungert, 35, was last registered as living at Becker AvenueSouth in Sebeka. Bungert is about 6-feet tall, weighing 214 pounds, with hazel eyes, brown/gray hair and a medium build.
ST. PAUL — About 200 fast-food workers and community allies rallied for a strike Monday morning, Sept. 4, to push for a $15 minimum wage. "Hold the burgers, hold the fries, make our wages super sized," attendees chanted, according to Stephanie Gasca, one of the event organizers. Fast-food workers organized with Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (an organization dedicated to "building the power and leadership of low-wage workers," according to its site) for a rally in the morning and a day-long strike.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minneapolis-based Jostens and the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee plan to bring the jeweler’s 33 championship rings it has created for Super Bowl winners on tour. The tour starts in Minneapolis Sept. 5 with a six-day run at the Star Tribune Atrium at Capella Tower. The rings will then be on display for the Vikings’ Sept. 11 home opener in Vikings Plaza.
DICKINSON, N.D. — Fisher Sand and Gravel Co., based out of Dickinson, was awarded a contract to develop a prototype for construction of a wall along the southern border by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, according to a release from U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota's obesity rate among adults crept upwards in 2016, but remains below that of its neighbors, according to a national study released Thursday, Aug. 31. The study, by New Jersey-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, found 27.8 percent of adults in Minnesota were obese in 2016, up 1.7 percent from a year prior. That figure is good for 18th out of the country's 50 states and District of Columbia. South Dakota ranked 24th with 29.6 percent, Wisconsin was 29th (30.7 percent), North Dakota was 36th (31.9 percent) and Iowa was 39th (32 percent).
SUPERIOR, Wis. — Six people have been charged with trespassing after their protest on Tuesday morning, Aug. 29, stopped work on a segment of Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline construction in rural Douglas County, Wis.
BRAINERD, Minn. — A 30-year-old Ironton man faces 35 counts of criminal sexual conduct that allegedly took place at a Brainerd residence involving two minor children between 13 and 18 years old. Andrew Mark Donnelly was summoned Monday and notified Tuesday, Aug. 29, of his first appearance at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 16 in a Crow Wing County District courtroom in Brainerd.
GRYGLA, Minn. -- A Grygla man was found dead Tuesday, Aug. 29, after a farming accident, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office. Ralph S. Lee, 80, had been cleaning the box of a farm truck used for hauling small grain when he became trapped in the truck’s chute and died, according to a news release. Deputies received a 911 call reporting Lee’s death at about 10:11 a.m. Tuesday and responded to the scene at the 43000 block of Moose River Road in Northwood Township, in the far northwest portion of Beltrami County.
ST. PAUL -- A post-summer survey shows an upward trend of Minnesota’s tourism business, the state’s tourism promotion office said. Summer revenue was up for 42 percent of survey respondents and occupancy was up 35 percent, according to Explore Minnesota on Wednesday, Aug. 30. Meanwhile, 30 percent of respondents experienced a decrease in revenue and 31 percent said occupancy was down. The hotel and motel sector reported decreased occupancy due to significant growth of new hotel rooms in the Twin Cities area, the tourism office said in its news release.