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A Lake Bronson, Minn., woman was seriously injured early Sunday morning when she was struck by a semi on a highway near Crookston. Amber Shablow, 25, was walking southbound on U.S. Highway 75 north of Crookston at about 1:25 a.m. Sunday as she tried to flag down a 2014 Freightliner semi. Schablow was struck by the front fender and mirror of the semi and was thrown into the northbound lanes, according to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol.
ST. PAUL — The number of deaths from vehicle-train crashes in Minnesota continued a 45-year downward trend, according to a government study. The state transportation department said there were four deaths in crashes at public railroad crossings in the state in 2015, down from nine in 2014. Federal Railroad Administration data said a total of 32 vehicle-train crashes occurred in the state last year, resulting in 19 injuries. An additional three people were killed while trespassing on railroad tracks, the MnDOT release said.
BRAINERD — A 28-year-old man is facing six serious felony charges of criminal sexual conduct after he allegedly sexually abused a 4-year-old girl, who contracted chlamydia. Jason Jamaal Allen, 28, formerly of Brainerd, was booked in the Crow Wing County Jail Thursday after he was transferred from the Minnesota Department of Corrections facility in Faribault. Allen is set to appear in court Monday on the criminal sexual conduct charges.
MOORHEAD—With a few words, incoming Minnesota State University Moorhead students could win big bucks. The university is offering $12,000 in scholarships to incoming students who take to Twitter with the hashtag #BeADragon —a first for MSUM and possibly beyond.
FARGO — A Fargo man who died in a shootout with police last month that also left an officer dead warned authorities before the shooting began that he would hurt anyone who came close to his house. Marcus Schumacher also told police he would wait until everyone got “out of the area” before he did anything. Those details and others are contained in search warrant documents filed in Cass County District Court in connection with the Feb. 10 incident at Schumacher’s home at 308 9th Ave. N. According to the documents:
It was a mentally, and possibly physically, scarring day for MSUM student Samantha Stark. “It wouldn't stop bleeding,” Stark said, “Freaked out. I got into shock mode,” While shooting video for a student project on 8th street and 12th avenue in Moorhead, she says a man came up to her. “I was confused, I turned off the camera and I looked at him. He was smiling,” Stark said. She said he grabbed her camera and tripod, threw it into busy traffic and yelled profanity about media.
Minnesota’s part of Super Tuesday produced super turnouts and some different results than most of the 11 other states weighing in on the nominees for president with wins for Marco Rubio and Bernie Sanders. Bombastic businessman Donald Trump called Rubio a “little senator” while addressing the media while Super Tuesday was in full swing. Florida’s junior member of the U.S. Senate responded by turning in a big win in the Minnesota caucus.
WILLMAR — An informational open house on the reconstruction of 45th Street Southeast will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Kandiyohi County Public Works, 1801 U.S. Highway 12 E., Willmar. This open house will provide information to property owners affected by this year’s 1.05-mile reconstruction of 45th Street Southeast from County Road 23 to U.S. Highway 12, one mile east of Willmar. This is an opportunity to review the proposed design, ask questions and provide input to help the county finalize the reconstruction plans.
CASS LAKE — Six people have been arrested after a search warrant was executed in Cass Lake and turned up heroin, methamphetamine, prescription pills, marijuana and handguns. The bust came a day before there were four separate heroin overdose reports in Beltrami County, Bemidji and on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office.
MOORHEAD — A former substitute teacher for the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton School District is accused in Clay County District Court of having sex with a student who was in her classes. Tara Michelle Nichols, 39, of Glyndon, faces two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct for engaging in sex with a student who was 17 at the time of the alleged conduct.