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CHISHOLM, Minn. -- A northern Minnesota woman was severely injured when one of her dogs attacked her Saturday night in her home.
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota and U.S. flags will fly at half-staff Tuesday to mark the 10-year anniversary of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse. Gov. Mark Dayton issued the decree Monday, July 31. It applies to all state and federal buildings from sunrise to sunset. “We must never forget the terrible losses and injuries, which so many Minnesotans suffered on that tragic day and have endured every day thereafter,” Dayton said in a statement.
MINNEAPOLIS — A former youth pastor in Cottage Grove, Minn., is heading to prison for sending sexually explicit images of children to others on social media sites, authorities say. William Leonard Helker, 47, of Pine City, was sentenced in federal court in Minneapolis this past week to 12K years in prison on one count of distribution of child pornography, according to a statement released by the U.S. attorney’s Minnesota office.
PALISADE, Minn. —A man was seriously injured when he was hit by a boat propeller and the driver was booked into jail after a boating incident Thursday night on Starry Lake northeast of Brainerd.
BEMIDJI -- A Code Red Alert was issued Friday morning and the Bemidji Police Department is asking for help from the public in locating 25-year-old Keanu Joseph Major, who has escaped from custody. He was last seen in the northwest part of Bemidji in leg shackles and a waist belt with restraints and an orange jumpsuit, according to a release posted to the Bemidji Police Department’s Facebook page. Major is described as a Native American male, 5'10, 195 pounds with black hair and facial hair and hazel eyes. Major has a tattoo on his neck that says "Victoria."
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- A northwest Minnesota deputy sheriff and investigator charged with domestic violence last week has been placed on paid administrative leave. Blaize Zimmerman with the Pennington County sheriff’s department was charged July 17 with misdemeanor domestic assault. The charges stem from an arrest at 1:45 p.m. July 14 in Thief River Falls, according to court filings. He was released released on a $2,000 bond.
LITTLE FALLS—A 2-year-old child found running down the middle of the road prompted an investigation leading to license revocation for a Little Falls home day care.
ST. PAUL -- Fines will increase Aug. 1 in Minnesota for drivers who fail to stop for a school bus with activated lights and the crossing arm fully extended. The fine will jump to $500 from $300. In the past six years, law enforcement across the state wrote nearly 9,000 stop arm violation citations, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said. During the annual School Bus Stop Arm Survey earlier this year, 3,659 bus drivers across the state reported 703 stop arm violations in just one day.
A 33-year-old Pequot Lakes man is accused of choking and assaulting a female victim and threatening to kill himself with a gun. Aaron William Sheffield had his first appearance Friday in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd where he was charged with two felonies of domestic assault by strangulation and endangering a child in a situation that could cause harm or death; gross misdemeanor of interrupting an emergency call; and three misdemeanor domestic assault counts.
MENAHGA, Minn. — A 66-year-old Menahga man has died and another was flown from the scene with serious injuries following a two-vehicle crash Friday morning, July 21. The crash happened approximately 1 mile north of Menahga on U.S. Highway 71. The Minnesota State Patrol said Randall Lee Hinz died in the crash.