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WILLMAR, Minn. – A jury trial for a Willmar teenager charged with first-degree murder in his grandmother’s killing was scheduled Wednesday for July 21 to Aug.
Lake Park Mayor Aaron Wittnebel will serve 30 days in the Becker County Jail and five years of supervised probation as part of his sentencing Wednesday morning. Wittnebel was charged with financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult for mishandling finances for his sister, who has Down’s syndrome and for whom he was a guardian and conservator. Wittnebel pled guilty to the felony offense through an Alford Plea, which means whil
A 16-year-old Wadena girl died Monday night from head injuries suffered in an ATV rollover. Christine Kaye Alberts was driving a Polaris Ranger south of Wadena at about 20 mph when she swerved toward the ditch, according to Wadena County Sheriff Mike Carr.
Wadena County Sheriff Michael D. Carr announced this week he will seek a third term as Wadena County sheriff. Carr, who was first elected as sheriff in 2006, has been in law enforcement for 20 years. He was re-elected in 2010. The sheriff started his career with the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office in 1994, and then worked with the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office in 1995.
PILLAGER, Minn. — A 38-year-old Watkins woman was killed in a three-vehicle crash reported about 2 p.m. Sunday along State Highway 64 in Cass County. According to the State Patrol, Jackie Boulton was a passenger in a 1997 Ford Ranger pickup driven by Michael Boulton, 35, of Watkins. The pickup was struck head-on by a 2005 Ford pickup driven by Jeffrey Grose, 43, of Shoreview. Grose’s vehicle also struck a 2011 Chevy pickup driven by Daron Butzlaff, 48, of St. Cloud.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – The amount of time that passed while Byron Smith waited in his basement after shooting two teenagers, and his state of mind may be the crux of his murder trial. He has admitted to shooting teens Nick Brady and Haile Kifer after they entered his rural Little Falls home without permission on Thanksgiving Day 2012.
Former Beatle and rock legend Paul McCartney will perform July 12 at the Fargodome and Aug. 2 at Target Field in Minneapolis, officials announced Monday morning. Tickets for both Saturday night shows on the “Out There” tour will go on sale at 10 a.m. April 28. General Manager Rob Sobolik said tickets for the concert, which will be held in a full-house setup in the Fargodome with room for 17,000 or more attendees, will range from $25 up to $251.50. The Minnesota Twins also announced the Target Field show Monday.
PARK RAPIDS -- A suspect has been arrested in connection with a gut-wrenching case of animal abuse after finding two horses that starved to death tied to trees near Dorset Corner. Minden Crenshaw, 28, of Park Rapids was arrested at her residence on Saturday and appeared in court on Monday on felony charges of animal neglect, according to a press release from the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office. Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes interviewed Crenshaw on Friday afternoon. Crenshaw admitted to owning the horses and tying them to a tree on a neighbor’s property when her mother refused to
A Pelican Rapids woman suffered serious injuries in a head-on collision Saturday evening on Highway 59 in Otter Tail County. The driver of the other car, an Elk River teen, was also injured. Jacquelyn K. Burrows, 63, of Pelican Rapids suffered what the State Patrol calls “serious injury” after the 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser she was driving southbound on Highway 59 crossed the center line. It collided head-on with a northbound 2001 Mercury Sable LS driven by Kelsey A.
RENVILLE, Minn. –– Seven people, including five teens, were injured Wednesday when a truck collided with a school bus on an icy road near Renville in west-central Minnesota. None of the injuries were life-threatening. The Minnesota State Patrol said the accident on Minnesota Highway 212 happened at 6 p.m. when a tractor-trailer driven by David R. Littlecreek-Wilbanks, 50, of Granite Falls, broadsided a school bus driven by Dennis M.