ASHBY — Ashby Farmers Elevator Cooperative members voted this week to give their board authority to sell all of its assets and to at some point dissolve the co-op without a subsequent member vote. The co-op closed its doors on Sept. 14 in the wake of discovering $4.9 million in unauthorized transactions by its former general manager, with some of the money apparently spent on big-game hunting trips. The facility reopened Oct. 5 under a lease with the Wheaton Dumont Cooperative Elevator.
FELTON — Two sugar beet trucks collided early Friday morning in northcentral Minnesota, seriously injuring both drivers and spilling sugar beets on the roadway. The accident was reported at around 6:17 a.m. near the town of Felton, according to Lt. Mark Empting with the Clay County Sheriff's office. Empting said one truck had just unloaded its sugar beets at the nearby Felton sugar beet pile and the other truck was loaded with beets and headed to the pile when the two trucks collided at an intersection.
MANDAN, N.D. — A 21-year-old Mandan man, allegedly high on methamphetamine, climbed naked into the holy water font during mass at Spirit of Life Catholic Church on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Mandan Police were called to the church around 9 a.m. and arrested the man for ingestion of meth, criminal mischief and indecent exposure. Deputy Chief Lori Flaten said the man reportedly had been at the church earlier with the Book of Mormon trying to bless people and was asked to leave.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Two men face gun charges following an incident where a customer pulled a handgun on another man inside a Walmart Sunday night in St. Cloud. St. Cloud police say the altercation began when Mark Daniel Gibbs, 60, of Luverne was dropped off by his 33-year-old daughter outside the store. The daughter told police another man then yelled at her for parking in a no-parking zone and struck her side mirror.
MOWER COUNTY. — Authorities are asking the public for help after children of a murder suspect were reportedly taken from a home in southeast Minnesota.
BEMIDJI, MINN. -- An 18-year-old man died early Sunday morning after an apparent fall at a Bemidji State University dorm. Bemidji Police were called to Tamarack Hall at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, where they found a bleeding 18-year old male who “appeared to have been the victim of a fall from a high elevation,” according to police department staff. Life-saving efforts by officers and university public safety personnel were unsuccessful.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—About 60 employees will be without a job at Sun Mart when the grocery store here closes next month. Grocery distributor and retailer SpartanNash announced to their Fergus Falls Sun Mart employees on Friday, June 15, that the location would be aiming for a July 14 closure. Pharmacy scripts are being sold to Walgreens, and the department is shutting down June 19. The Sun Mart Express fuel station does not have a definite closing date.
ST. PAUL—A Chisago County grand jury has indicted a man accused of driving a snowmobile on Chisago Lake that struck and killed an 8-year-old boy who was preparing to go ice fishing with his family. According to the Associated Press, 45-year-old Eric Coleman, of Chisago City, Minn., is charged with third-degree murder, criminal vehicular homicide, criminal vehicular operation and drunken driving in connection with the Jan. 26 incident.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A 12-year-old girl died Friday in an apparent drowning in a swampy area between two lakes near here. JaLysa Anne Cook of Alexandria was found in about 3 feet of water about 6:10 p.m, according to authorities.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Farm Bureau's Sesquicentennial Farm program will honor Minnesota families who have owned their farms for at least 150 years. Since the Sesquicentennial Farm program began in 2008, over 225 farms have been recognized. The Sesquicentennial Farm program recognizes family farms according to the following qualifications: