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ST. PAUL -- A 3-year-old miniature horse in Pine City in east-central Minnesota was confirmed to have West Nile Virus on July 27, which marks the first equine case in the state in 2018, the Minnesota Department of Health said in a news release Wednesday, Aug. 1.
AVON, Minn. -- A central Minnesota pastor faces third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges as authorities are investigating his relationship with a parishioner he was counseling.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — Deer hunters will have more options this season, thanks to a rebounding population, officials said. According to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, "favorable" winter weathers and previously conservative hunting regulations have led to stable and growing deer populations around the state. The DNR will allow hunters to use bonus permits to harvest more than one deer in more areas than in previous years; fewer areas will require hunters to apply in a lottery to shoot an antlerless deer.
ST. PAUL -- Former Bemidji State men’s hockey standout Matt Reed has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild, General Manager Paul Fenton announced Monday afternoon. The forward played four seasons with the Beavers from 2007-2011, picking up 65 goals and 78 assists in 147 games, before signing with the Philadelphia Flyers in a three-year deal in 2011.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A Bemidji woman accused of breaking a 3-month-old infant’s legs while babysitting pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree assault and child endangerment. Bridget Renae Stately, 42, was charged with the felonies in May after she was allegedly caught on a “Nanny Cam” grabbing the baby’s feet and twisting her ankles. Stately, who told police she use methamphetamine before the assault, had been watching the child May 28. When the baby’s mother came home she noticed that her child was “extremely upset” and crying.
WILLMAR, Minn. – Four central Minnesota professors have found a way to help their students spend a little less – they’ve written a free textbook. Keith Green, Beverly Knudsen, Ruth Fairchild and Darcy Lease Gubrud of Ridgewater College in Willmar received a grant from the Minnesota State Office of Educational Innovation to write their Introduction to Communication textbook, which is now available free online.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Seven people have been arrested on heroin charges on or near two northwest Minnesota Indian reservations as part of concentrated investigation into distribution of the drug and fentanyl in the area. Four people were arrested in Naytahwaush near the White Earth Indian Reservation and one person was arrested in another nearby community of Bemidji after multiple drug busts by the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force last week.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Law enforcement have identified the woman found dead in Lake Bemidji on Wednesday as Amber R. Jackson and it’s not known yet if foul play was involved although no evidence of trauma was found in an autopsy.. Jackson, 32, of nearby Cass Lake, was discovered in the water near the Bemidji Tourist Information Center. A coroner has determined that she drowned.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota governor candidate state Rep. Erin Murphy suggests using money collected from online sales to be used to expand the state's high-speed internet broadband network. The Democrat said that should provide more than $100 million a year for broadband. State officials expect $132 million to $206 million annually from new sales tax collections. The U.S. Supreme Court last month ruled that businesses not inside the state still must pay sales tax.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota will require businesses to begin collecting taxes on most online sales Oct. 1. The Revenue Department announced Wednesday, July 25, the date it will enforce existing state law. The decision came after a June 21 U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a South Dakota case that states can require businesses not located with their boundaries to collect the tax. Before the ruling, often only businesses within states were forced to pay sales taxes, although some online firms did collect them.