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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.
MERRIFIELD, Minn. - A 51-year-old Merrifield man died after he was struck Thursday, Dec. 17, by a pickup with a snowplow on the 24000 block of Crow Wing County Road 19, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office reported. The collision was reported at 8:38 p.m. The victim, Michael Paul Donnay, was in the roadway when he was struck by the pickup, the sheriff's office reported. Donnay was pronounced dead at the scene. At the time of the accident, road conditions and visibility were very poor. Merrifield is about 10 miles north of Brainerd.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — Authorities are investigating an incident involving a suspicious letter sent to the U.S. Federal Courthouse here. According to a posting on the Fergus Falls Police Department Facebook page: Around 9:20 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27, the U.S. Marshal's Service contacted Fergus Falls police regarding a suspicious letter sent to the federal courthouse.
ELY, Minn. - A Cloquet man last seen with a Cloquet woman Friday, Dec. 21, was found dead Wednesday in the water on White Iron Lake, which is southeast of Ely. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported that the body of Kenneth Wildenaur, 60, was found by members of the St. Louis County Rescue Squad about 2 p.m. Wednesday. The two were last seen together Friday at Tank's Bar and Restaurant in Babbitt. Their last known location, based on cell phone records, was just southeast of Ely on Saturday afternoon.
HIBBING, Minn. — Police are seeking a suspect after a shooting on Christmas night in Hibbing left one man dead and another injured, authorities report. Hibbing police have identified Jerome Diante Spann, 29, as a suspect in the case. Spann allegedly fled with an unidentified man, authorities said, adding that Spann may have traveled to St. Paul, where he has relatives.
ELY, Minn. — A Cloquet woman who last was seen with a Cloquet man on Friday has been found dead. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported that the body of Debbie Senarighi, 60, was found by members of the St. Louis County Rescue Squad about 11:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, in the water on White Iron Lake, which is southeast of Ely.
PERHAM, Minn. -- A woman and two girls were flown for medical treatment after a car-train collision in northwest Minnesota. According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened in the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 21, near Perham in Otter Tail County. The sheriff’s office said there were four people in the car, but had not released the names of the victims or their conditions.