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ST. PAUL — After years of wondering what became of his long-ago love, Fields Arthur now knows. “I’m feeling a little sad,” said Arthur, 89, of Lakeside, Calif., after learning that Aline “Tena” MacDonald Gerke died in 1996. “I kind of expected it, but I didn’t like it," he said. "I was disappointed, anyway.”
OAKDALE, Minn.—Prosecutors say the owner of an Oakdale tobacco shop in the Twin Cities suburb evaded paying $918,000 in sales tax. Hatem Amin Younis, 47, was charged Thursday, Oct. 18, in Washington County District Court with 43 tax-related crimes. Younis, who lives in Afton, is the owner of Super Smokedale Tobacco, which also has retail locations in Anoka, Minneapolis and Big Lake, Minn.
ST. PAUL — After 67 years, Fields Arthur realizes it's a long shot. In 1951, Arthur was serving in the U.S. Air Force in Osceola, Wis., taking a nine-month course in radio mechanics. On Saturday nights, he and fellow airmen would head to downtown Stillwater for dances. One night Arthur, then 22, met a telephone operator named Tina Anderson. She was 19 and lived in Stillwater. A few months later, Arthur was shipped almost overnight to Korea and lost touch with Anderson. Now, at the age of 89, Arthur wants to find out what happened to her.
WYOMING, Minn.—When Wyoming, Minn., police officers responded to a 911 call on Tuesday, Oct. 9, of a mother in labor, they found the front door locked. Officer Matt Paavola kicked in the door and discovered that Nichole Mickelson, 38, had just given birth to a baby girl. Mickelson, who is a nurse, was performing CPR on the baby, named Anna, who wasn't breathing. However, Mickelson was pregnant with twin girls, and the second baby was on the way.
LAKE ELMO, Minn. — Rowan Malmberg was biking to her boyfriend’s house one morning this summer when she thought she could dash across Lake Elmo Avenue and beat a semi-tractor trailer that was headed north. She couldn’t. The truck driver slammed on his brakes before he dragged 14-year-old Rowan about 100 yards and ended up jackknifed in the ditch with Rowan’s right leg pinned between the truck and the ground. Rowan, a freshman at Stillwater Area High School, remembers coming to and “feeling all the weight of the truck” on her leg, she said.
ST. PAUL — When a fire broke out on Joe Parise's ship while he was serving in the U.S. Navy, Parise didn't join fellow officers preparing to abandon ship. Instead, Parise turned around and ran directly into the fire, the Rev. Martin Shanahan told mourners at the corrections officer's funeral Tuesday morning, Oct. 2, at Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel. "He was able to extinguish it, so that nobody on board was hurt or injured," he said.
OAK PARK HEIGHTS, Minn. -- A corrections officer at Minnesota Correctional Facility — Oak Park Heights suffered a medical emergency and died Monday afternoon after responding to an inmate assault on another officer, Department of Corrections officials said. Joseph Parise, 37, died at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. The cause of death was not immediately known.
ST. PAUL — About 42,000 pages of state and county documents related to the Jacob Wetterling investigation will be released to the public Thursday, Sept. 20, in Stearns County. What's notable is what won't be released: thousands of pages of federal documents that have been returned to the FBI. Mark Anfinson, the attorney who represented a coalition of media outlets and public interest groups that intervened after Jerry and Patty Wetterling sued to keep some documents private, said he was "very troubled" by the number of documents that the FBI has taken back.
HUDSON, Wis. — Five years ago, Parker Reimer was a football center and a baseball catcher and spent every free minute playing outside. Now the 16-year-old from Hudson, Wis., is recovering from two shoulder surgeries and can't lift anything above his head with his left arm. Parker and his mother, Kelly Bridge, and older brother, Carter Reimer, were injured in 2013 when a go-kart driven by a Shriner at the Booster Days parade in downtown Hudson careened out of control and crashed into them.
ST. CLOUD, Minn.—The closed investigative file regarding the Jacob Wetterling abduction will be released to the public on Thursday, Sept. 20, Stearns County officials said Friday. The release will happen at 10:06 a.m. at the Stearns County Law Enforcement Center. Sheriff Don Gudmundson will host a news conference and present "key elements in the case and take questions based on the presentation," according to a news release.