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WADENA, Minn. - The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is investigating damage caused by battery acid after about 60 golf carts were destroyed in the Blueberry Pines golf clubhouse fire Wednesday, Jan. 2. “That all boiled right up through the sewer system and all the way down on County 16,” Building superintendent Jeff Yungbauer said. “They’re going to test it and see how bad it is.” The lodge was a complete loss. The fleet of carts were stored in the structure's basement, which housed the pro shop and restaurant.
MINNEAPOLIS — A Thief River Falls chiropractor accused of defrauding more than $1 million from insurance companies is expected to change his plea in federal court. Steven Richard Wiseth, 36, has reached a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minnesota, according to a letter from his attorney. Wiseth, who is charged with six counts of wire fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft, is scheduled to appear Jan. 17 in U.S. District Court for a change of plea hearing. He was slated to go to trial Monday, but that has been canceled.
ST. PAUL — The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources issued its 2020 request for proposals for funding from Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. Approximately $53 million is available for projects that will provide multiple ecological and other public benefits. The LCCMR is requesting proposals in the following categories: Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information. Water Resources. Environmental Education. Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species.
MENAHGA, Minn. — The fire that completely destroyed the Blueberry Pines Golf Course clubhouse was started by an enclosed fireplace in the basement, according to a press release from the Wadena County Sheriff's Department. Propane is the main heating source for the building, but the wood fireplace is supplemental. There were no indications of foul play and no injuries occurred in the fire.
ROSEVILLE, Minn. -- A $1 million winning lottery ticket was sold in Crookston, officials announced Tuesday, Jan. 1. The Minnesota Lottery said the Crookston ticket, for the game Minnesota Millionaire Raffle, was purchased at Superpumper, 1749 University Ave., and was one of two $1 million tickets sold for Tuesday’s drawing, the other was sold in Ely, Minn. The $1 million prize-winning numbers, in ascending order were: 091593 442917
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Scott Staska, a former high school principal in Barnesville who was a finalist for superintendent of Moorhead Area Public Schools, has pleaded guilty to indecent exposure charges in Stearns County District Court. On Friday, Dec. 28, Staska, 57, pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal to four misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure. Fifteen other counts are to be dismissed. Staska will be sentenced Jan. 31. Under the plea deal, he is to serve 80 hours of community service and possibly face fines of up to $300 per count.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The number of NFL head coaching vacancies expanded to eight on Monday morning, Dec. 31, according to multiple reports. Field Level Media reports Marvin Lewis, the second-longest tenured head coach after New England's Bill Belichick, will not return to lead the Cincinnati Bengals. The franchise's all-time winningest coach amassed a 131-122-3 record over 16 seasons, but was 0-7 in the playoffs.
ST. PAUL — The suspect in a fatal shooting in Hibbing on Christmas was apprehended by police Friday night, Dec. 28. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Jerome Spann, 29, was booked into the Ramsey County Adult Detention Center on suspicion of murder and other possible charges. Spann was sought in the shooting incident that left one person dead and another injured in Hibbing on Tuesday, Dec. 25. Spann fled the scene and was believed to have been traveling to St. Paul, where he has relatives.
Grand Forks’ Kmart is slated to close in late March 2019, parent company Sears Holdings Corp. announced Friday. The store at Grand Cities Mall is one of 80 locations across the United States that will close in spring, according to a Sears news release. The closures will affect both Sears and Kmart stores. The move is part of the parent company’s “processes to accelerate its strategic transformation and facilitate its financial restructuring,” Sears officials said in the release. The company on Dec. 27 informed store associates of the planned closure.
ST. PAUL -- Wells Fargo is set to pay Minnesota $9.3 million as part of a 50-state settlement stemming from the company's move to open bank accounts without customers' consent. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson on Friday, Dec. 28, said she and other attorneys general across the country looked into allegations that the company opened millions of unauthorized accounts and policies. And to resolve the investigations, Wells Fargo agreed to pay out $575 million.