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MOORHEAD — The woman who co-founded the iconic Moorhead Dairy Queen and had a hand in creating the world-famous Dilly Bar has died. Phyllis Litherland died Sunday, Aug. 12, in her daughter’s home in Chicago at the age of 90. Phyllis and Bob Litherland established the downtown Moorhead Dairy Queen in 1949, among the franchise’s earliest restaurants in the nation. The couple is also often credited for the creation of the Dilly Bar.
DULUTH -- A Grand Rapids man accused of sexually assaulting his young nieces two decades ago pleaded guilty Tuesday, Aug. 14, in State District Court in Itasca County.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – A 25-year-old man is accused of stealing items from the campus of Minnesota State University Moorhead when he was reportedly a student there. Jeremy Lafromboise is charged with receiving stolen property and second-degree burglary of a government or school building, both felonies.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — A Thief River Falls man was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 8, for stabbing a coworker in the neck, according to court records. Louis Damian Cruz Montanez, 26, was charged with attempted murder and assault with a weapon. If convicted, he could spend up to 20 years in prison and pay a $20,000 fine. Police were called Wednesday to Northern Pride, 419 Pennington Ave. S. in Thief River Falls. An affidavit for Cruz Montanez's arrest said he got into a fight with another man in the locker room. The man allegedly swung a box fan at Cruz Montanez.
BRANDON, Minn. -- A six-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 near Alexandria in western Minnesota in a construction zone Monday, Aug. 14, sent three people to the hospital. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the extent of injuries is unknown but it is believed that none of the injuries were serious. A State Patrol spokesman did not know how many passengers were involved.
ZUMBROTA, Minn. -- A 4-year-old child was fatally injured in southeast Minnesota Monday morning, according to Zumbrota Police Chief Patrick J. Callahan. The child was playing on a swing set when it collapsed on top of the child, Callahan reported. The Zumbrota Police Department, the Zumbrota Area ambulance Service and North Air Care all responded to the scene in the city of Zumbrota. Lifesaving efforts were not successful.
ROSEVILLE, Minn.—Instead of digging holes for a new fence, Michael Shelton spent Thursday on an "unbelievable" road trip. The Bemidji man claimed his nearly $550,000 lottery win Thursday at the Minnesota Lottery headquarters in Roseville, a Twin Cities suburb north of St. Paul and a 3½-hour drive from home. Shelton bought his winning Gopher 5 ticket of $549,633 at the Orton's Bemidji Cenex. Shelton's winning numbers, drawn Wednesday evening, were 15-22-23-27-31.
BEMIDJI—An air quality alert first issued Wednesday for parts of Minnesota has been extended through Saturday, and also expanded southward, by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The alert will run through 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, and the affected region includes the cities of Bemidji, Alexandria, Moorhead, East Grand Forks, Roseau and Bemidji, and the tribal nations of Red Lake and Leech Lake. \ Thursday's extended alert also expanded southward to include the areas of Worthington, Marshall, Ortonville, and Upper Sioux.
ROSEVILLE, Minn. — A Minnesota Lottery winning ticket of nearly $550,000 recently was sold at a Bemidji business. Orton's Bemidji Cenex, located at 555 Paul Bunyan Drive NW in Bemidji, sold a Gopher 5 ticket worth $549,633, according to a release Thursday from the Minnesota Lottery. The business will receive a $5,000 bonus when the prize is claimed. The winning ticket matched all of the Gopher 5 numbers drawn Wednesday, Aug. 8 (15-22-23-27-31).
ST. PAUL—Two groups filed court documents Wednesday arguing the state's environmental review of Enbridge Energy's Line 3 oil pipeline was insufficient. Honor the Earth and Friends of the Headwaters claim the environmental impact statement, or EIS, failed to look at potential oil spills at specific locations or the results of a tribal cultural survey. In June, the five-member Minnesota Public Utilities Commission unanimously granted the 340-mile long pipeline across Minnesota a certificate of need, but deemed the EIS "adequate" in March.