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FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—Minnesota's most notorious drunken driver— arrested for DWI 28 times—is again in a state prison. New York Mills construction worker Danny Lee Bettcher, 65, was sent to the St. Cloud state prison for 4 1/2 years for his latest felony conviction for refusing to submit to a DWI test last week in Fergus Falls district court. The DWI charge was dismissed.
SPICER, Minn. — Despite the recent long stretch of below-zero weather in Minnesota in recent weeks, ice fishermen have been going through the ice on central Minnesota lakes in the past few days. Three incidents were reported on Friday, Jan. 19. Two ice fishermen from Spicer in east-central Minnesota were able to safely climb out of a pickup truck that plunged into water Friday evening offshore on Green Lake in Spicer.
ST. PAUL — A record number of Minnesotans have signed up for health insurance coverage through the state’s MNsure program. The program said Wednesday, Jan. 17, that 116,358 residents have enrolled in the individual market from Nov. 1 to Jan. 14, breaking the previous year’s record of 114,810.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A 75-year-old Park Rapids man has died and three teenagers were injured in a crash on an icy, snow-covered state Highway 71 about 16 miles south of Bemidji. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2002 Subaru Legacy driven by Elise Sikes, 18, of Hudson, Wis., was driving south on U.S. Highway 71 Thursday morning about 9:50 a.m when it lost control and collided with a 1999 Volkswagen Beetle heading north driven by the 75-year-old man.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Funding has been restored to trap gray wolves in Minnesota who prey on livestock. The funding ran out for about a week before the U.S. Department of Agriculture said last week it would provide funding for the rest of the year and also match the $110,000 again next year that's also provided by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for the wolf control program.
BISMARCK, N.D. – After investigating underground, an oil gathering line leak near Williston has been increased from 480 gallons to 16,800 gallons. The North Dakota Department of Health has been notified of the updated volume, which resulted from a leak in a 4-inch diameter steel gathering line operated by Hiland Crude LLC about 11 miles northwest of Williston. The spill occurred on May 5 and was reported the next day.
ST. PAUL -- Police are investigating after two robbers forced workers at a St. Paul fast food restaurant into the walk-in freezer and pistol whipped the manager before getting away with cash over the weekend. A 26-year-old employee was about to lock a door at a Burger King early Sunday when the door suddenly burst open and a male wearing a mask burst in, according to police. He pushed the worker against the counter, pointed a gun at him and demanded money, said Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- No charges are pending against the parents of a 3-year-old who accidentally shot himself in Williams County last year, authorities say. According to a news release from the Williams County Sheriff’s Office, the county’s state’s attorney’s office has completed a review of the case and decided not to move forward with criminal allegations.
HALLOCK, Minn. — A former school principal appeared in court in Kittson County District Court Wednesday to face child pornography charges after police found almost 3,000 photographs and videos on his computer and in various media files, according to court documents. Warren Anderson, 55, could face 50 years in prison if convicted. He remains in the Kittson County Jail on a $150,000 bond.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Boats circled Lake Agnes and Lake Henry again Monday in search of an Alexandria man last seen on Thursday, April 6. Clothing and credit cards belonging to Ryan Johnson, 32, of Alexandria, were found along the shore of Lake Agnes on Sunday, Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels said. Family members, who reported him missing Saturday evening, confirmed the clothing belonged to Johnson.