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ZIMMERMAN, Minn. -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is holding a public auction of confiscated fishing, hunting and trapping equipment on Saturday, Aug. 4. The auction includes 214 firearms, 59 bows and 47 other pieces of equipment, including deer stands, fishing poles, mounts and traps. All of the equipment was confiscated following serious game and fish violations, the DNR said.
WATKINS, Minn. -- A 54-year-old rural Watkins man was killed Wednesday, Aug. 1, when a jack slipped out from under a semitruck he was working on and pinning him. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Joseph Edward Pauly was using a hydraulic bottle jack to work on a tire when it slipped in Luxemburg Township, about three miles northwest of Watkins. Family members discovered the accident and called for help at 5:07 p.m. Watkins is about 25 miles southwest of St. Cloud.
VIRGINIA, Minn. -- A 75-year-old Iron woman told police she was in her living room watching television Sunday night, July 29, when she heard a noise from the other room. Getting up to investigate, she found a young woman she did not know standing in her bedroom. “Who are you?” the resident asked. “I am your worst (expletive) nightmare,” the invader allegedly replied before punching the woman in the face.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – A 60-year-old man has died from injuries he suffered when the motorcycle he was driving crashed over the weekend near Fergus Falls. According to a report released by the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office: The crash happened about 4:45 p.m. Saturday, July 29, on County Highway 111 when the motorcycle failed to negotiate a turn.
ST. PAUL -- A 3-year-old miniature horse in Pine City in east-central Minnesota was confirmed to have West Nile Virus on July 27, which marks the first equine case in the state in 2018, the Minnesota Department of Health said in a news release Wednesday, Aug. 1.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. -- An 84-year-old Little Falls man died after he fell off a tractor and was run over by it. The fatality occurred Monday, July 30, at a home 2 miles north of Little Falls in central Minnesota.
AVON, Minn. -- A central Minnesota pastor faces third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges as authorities are investigating his relationship with a parishioner he was counseling.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — Deer hunters will have more options this season, thanks to a rebounding population, officials said. According to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, "favorable" winter weathers and previously conservative hunting regulations have led to stable and growing deer populations around the state. The DNR will allow hunters to use bonus permits to harvest more than one deer in more areas than in previous years; fewer areas will require hunters to apply in a lottery to shoot an antlerless deer.
ST. PAUL -- Former Bemidji State men’s hockey standout Matt Reed has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild, General Manager Paul Fenton announced Monday afternoon. The forward played four seasons with the Beavers from 2007-2011, picking up 65 goals and 78 assists in 147 games, before signing with the Philadelphia Flyers in a three-year deal in 2011.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A Bemidji woman accused of breaking a 3-month-old infant’s legs while babysitting pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree assault and child endangerment. Bridget Renae Stately, 42, was charged with the felonies in May after she was allegedly caught on a “Nanny Cam” grabbing the baby’s feet and twisting her ankles. Stately, who told police she use methamphetamine before the assault, had been watching the child May 28. When the baby’s mother came home she noticed that her child was “extremely upset” and crying.