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FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - A former Mille Lacs County deputy received a 33-year prison sentence Thursday for sexually assaulting children on fishing trips in Otter Tail County. Aaron Joseph Heuer, 30, of Isle, must serve 22 years before he is eligible for supervised and conditional release, the Fergus Falls Daily Journal reported.
FOSSTON, Minn. – Anna Cymbaluk was all smiles after school Thursday, but that’s not always the case. Anna’s mother, Sarah Cymbaluk, posted a video to her Facebook page Wednesday night showing 8-year-old Anna in tears with her 7-year-old brother, Ben, by her side as the two described incidents of traumatic bullying on the school bus they ride in Fosston. In the video, Ben describes another child on the bus calling a high school girl a lesbian and telling her that she was going to kill herself, all while the bus driver sat idly by.
ST. PAUL - A bill to take guns away from Minnesota domestic abuse suspects awaits Gov. Mark Dayton's signature. The Senate passed the measure 60-4 Monday, the final step before the governor signs it into law. Protect Minnesota Board President Joan Peterson applauded the vote. Peterson's sister was killed with a gun by her estranged husband.
On a calm but cool morning, with ice floes moving in the Duluth ship canal, avid ship watcher Georgianna Henry typically would have watched a ship enter the harbor from atop the hillside. But not Thursday. She and JC Curtis, both from Duluth, braved the elements to come to Canal Park to honor the late U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar as the ship named after him passed under the Aerial Lift Bridge just after 9:30 a.m. “We wouldn’t have been here” otherwise, Henry said, but honoring the congressman was important. “It was emotional,” Curtis said.
The fishing opener weekend of May 10-11 will be a busy traffic period, especially in northern Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS). “Some of the main concerns are drivers who are not paying attention, following too closely and speeding, especially around the lakes areas,” said Sgt. Jesse Grabow, regional public information officer.
BENSON, Minn. — A kindergarten student brought a gun to a Benson elementary school Tuesday morning. In a news release, Swift County Sheriff John Holtz said the sheriff’s office, Benson Police and Northside Elementary officials were notified of the situation just after 8 a.m. Other students immediately told a teacher about the gun.
WAHPETON, N.D. – Scupper the golden retriever stood alert on the bow of a flat-bottom boat Tuesday afternoon on the Wild Rice River. He was trying to pick up a scent, but a stiff breeze complicated his efforts. “Today is a poor day for working the dog because of the amount of wind,” said Pete Fendt, a Valley Water Rescue team member who took a turn in the bow, probing the brown waters with a long pole, to no avail. It was another day of unsuccessful searching for 20-year-old Andrew Sadek, a North Dakota State College of Science student last seen about 2 a.m.
COOPERSTOWN, N.D. – A 3-year-old boy missing for nearly six hours Monday night was discovered safe after an hours-long air, foot, bloodhound, horseback and ATV search, thanks in part to the family dog. Griggs County Sheriff Robert Hook said the boy’s parents, Courtney and Brock Urness, called 911 about 8:30 p.m.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - Former Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon, who was accused of swindling the public by selling the sheriff’s office a used boat and passing it off as new, was sentenced Tuesday in the case. Under a plea agreement struck last week and approved Tuesday in Becker County District Court, two felony charges of theft by swindle and making false claims were dropped. Gordon pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge of misconduct of a public officer. Gordon was sentenced to a year in jail with all but 10 days of that stayed for two years.
ST. PAUL – Minnesotans suffering conditions they feel only marijuana can help cheered Tuesday as senators overwhelmingly approved using extracts from the plant for medical uses. Meanwhile, state representatives prepared to debate the issue as early as Friday. “This is restricted only to medical purposes only under very, very tight conditions,” said Sen.