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FARGO – As the muted light of a cloudy day filtered into her hospital room, 15-year-old Page Stearns sat cross-legged on a couch, ready to go home. She was looking forward to returning, as much as possible, to a regular life – something she hasn’t had since a .22-caliber bullet struck her in the face more than three weeks ago. “I think it will be better to be with my friends because then I won’t be thinking about it as much,” the ninth-grader said Tuesday. “They’ll be helping me through it.” Wearing a neck brace, she spoke with the help of a device on her windpipe.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- “She was a hot one!” Russ Knowles said as he recalled watching a raging wildfire blow past his Wadena County home, taking his garage with it. Across the road, his son, Derek, had just lost 1,000 Norway pines close to his home. It was May 14, 2013. A new steel garage stands on the Russ Knowles property south of Park Rapids.
FOSSTON, Minn. -- A Fosston school bus driver who allegedly condoned bullying on his route is speaking out and pursuing possible legal action. Oran Underdahl, 73, said in a Monday statement that he is evaluating whether he has a legal claim for defamation. Kristi Hastings, his attorney, said Tuesday that she and her client couldn’t say who would be named as defendants in a potential lawsuit or when it could be filed.
A June 9 omnibus hearing has been set in the case of a Hubbard County women charged with leaving two horses to die over the winter. As a mostly housekeeping matter, Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne asked Judge Robert Tiffany if the subsections of the Animal Cruelty Act could be amended against Minden Crenshaw. Crenshaw, 28, is charged with tying the horses to a tree in a wooded area near Dorset Corner in April and leaving
The omnibus hearing for a Menahga man charged with the sexual asphyxiation of a Park Rapids teen has been continued until June 24. Harley David Leritz, 21, has been simultaneously charged with a probation violation for a 2012 criminal sexual conduct charge and for the murder of Keila Gem Knowles, 19, in her Park Rapids apartment, in February.
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A driver suffered minor injuries after striking and killing a horse in rural Wadena County early Saturday morning. Forty-six-year-old Matthew Collins of St. Paul was traveling northbound on County Road 23 in Wing River Township when the Chevrolet S-10 pickup he was driving collided with a horse about 1 a.m. Saturday, according to the Wadena County Sheriff's Office. When emergency personnel arrived, they discovered the horse was deceased. Collins was transported to Tri-County Health Care with non-life-threatening injuries.
A late walleye run in Otter Tail County is not expected to dampen appetites on the first weekend of the 2014 fishing season. Anglers who dropped their pursuit of Minnesota’s state fish back in February will be able to pick up their rods and reels and go after the bottom feeders again this Saturday. Fergus Falls Area Fisheries Manager Jim Wolters has already encountered the popular game fish at the Department of Natural Resources fish trap on the Dead River. Wolters and his staff set up a fish trap in April each year and milk female walleyes of their spawn.
ST. PAUL – Farmers, homeowners, renters and businesses would share $103 million in a second round of Minnesota tax cuts after negotiators worked out a compromise that is expected to pass the Legislature next week. Lawmakers from both parties hailed the agreement Thursday, saying that it is good to send part of the state budget surplus back to Minnesotans. One tax negotiator compared the deal to checks Minnesotans received when Gov. Jesse Ventura was in office. “The House (property tax break) provisions were what appeared to be ‘Jesse checks’ before an election,” Sen.