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MADISON, Wis. - Jeanne Nutter, the social worker who helped lead Jayme Closs to safety after the 13-year-old Barron girl was abducted and held captive in Gordon for 88 days, was honored for her outstanding service by Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Secretary Emilie Amundson during a ceremony at the state Capitol on Thursday, March 21. She was nominated for the award by a former intern, who said Jayme couldn't have found a better person to help her, adding that Nutter has been a “role model for many social workers over the years.”
ST. PAUL -- The National Collegiate Hockey Conference's Frozen Faceoff takes center stage this week as the conference holds its sixth annual conference tournament Friday and Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Rink Live, a Forum Communications' Co. website, will be bringing college hockey fans all the action off the ice with special live coverage, along with comprehensive game coverage of all games.
BORUP, Minn. — A man found dead in northwestern Minnesota Friday, March 15, has been identified as Ruslan Arstanaliyev, 31, from Bensalem, Pa., according the Norman County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Jeremy Thornton said the final autopsy report isn't yet available, but it is known Arstanaliyev had self-inflicted injuries. Thornton didn't say if the death was a suicide. Thornton says Arstanaliyev worked as a truck driver for RVK Express Inc. out of Naperville, Ill.
BEMIDJI — Jeff Sande, the longtime Bemidji State University physical plant manager who in January pleaded guilty to spending tens of thousands of public dollars on himself, will head to jail next month. Judge Paul Benshoof on Tuesday, March 19, imposed a 90-day sentence on Sande, 45 days of which he’ll serve in Beltrami County Jail and 45 days of which will be on electronic home monitoring. He’ll be eligible for supervised release after 30 days. Sande will be on probation for up to 10 years after his sentence ends.
HAGER CITY, Wis. — Pierce County authorities recovered a body Tuesday, March 19, on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River backwaters near Hager City about 50 miles southeast of the Twin Cities. The body of a woman approximately 40 to 50 years old was removed from the water after a fisherman reported finding it around 12:20 p.m. near Everts Resort in the town of Trenton, Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove said. A news release states Pierce County Medical Examiner John Worsing pronounced the woman dead at the scene.
OLIVIA, Minn. — Ronny Ray Oleson, 59, of Olivia, is being held in the Renville County Jail on $100,000 unconditional bail on charges that he sexually assaulted a young girl over a nearly two-year period. Oleson made his first court appearance Monday. He is charged with two felony counts – criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and criminal sexual conduct in the second degree. The victim was under the age of 13 at the time of the alleged assault.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comments on applications for several different licenses and permits needed to construct and operate the Line 3 Replacement Project across northern Minnesota.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A 2014 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School was injured Sunday morning, March 17, in a gas explosion in a fish house in a parking area in Moorhead. Michael Herzog is in critical condition after sustaining second- and third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body, according to a CaringBridge site set up by his family . Herzog is a former Concordia football quarterback.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. - Jasmine Block, the teenage girl from Alexandria who was kidnapped, held captive for 29 days and then escaped her captors, will appear on "Dr. Phil" today, Tuesday, March 19. The show airs at 3 p.m. in some markets or 4 p.m. on NBC in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Check local listings for network and time.