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DULUTH — The sixth edition of the NCHC’s all-conference teams went to the dogs from the State of Hockey on Wednesday, March 13. The 2018-19 All-NCHC first team was nothing but Bulldogs and St. Cloud State Huskies. UMD, which had a record total of five on the three teams, is represented on the first team by sophomore defenseman Scott Perunovich of Hibbing and junior goaltender Hunter Shepard of Cohasset.
VIRGINIA, Minn. — A Virginia man made his first court appearance Wednesday, March 13, on charges that he stalked and solicited a 13-year-old girl for sex online. Ricki George Palacio, 65, is charged with stalking, soliciting a child through electronic communication, describing sexual conduct with a child online and distributing material that describes sexual content to a child online. Palacio’s bail was set at $75,000, in line with a request from the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office. According to the criminal complaint filed Wednesday:
DULUTH — A Duluth police officer was justified in returning fire on a man who wounded a fellow officer and killed a police dog in January, St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin announced Wednesday, March 13. Officer Dale Marcus, a 20-year veteran, fired a single round in response to seven shots from 27-year-old domestic-assault suspect Taylor Joseph Turek, Rubin said in a report. Marcus’ shot did not strike Turek, who was determined to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
WADENA, Minn. — A Verndale man is faced with 12 felony charges related to child pornography in Wadena County. Nathan J. Roth, 37, is charged with one count of felony disseminating pornographic work involving minors. This charge has a maximum sentence of seven years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He is also charged with 11 counts of felony possession of pornographic work involving a minor, each with a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Morris Silas Dodd Jr., 54, of rural Ogema faces one count of second-degree manslaughter and a second count of felony possession of a firearm. His attorneys asked the judge for a continuance to give the defense more time to go through the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension report, the medical examiners report, search warrant documents and DNA evidence.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday, March 12, signed a massive package of public lands legislation made up of more than 100 individual bills that were introduced by 50 senators and several U.S. House members. Formerly known as the Natural Resources Management Act, the bipartisan bill, S. 47, was renamed the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act in honor of Dingell, a long-serving member of Congress who died last month at the age of 92.
PERHAM, Minn. — No one was injured when massive amounts of snow over the weekend caused a roof collapse at the Tuffy's pet food plant in Perham. As work resumed on Monday, March 11, workers shoveled off portions of the roof. A warehouse collapse on Saturday happened in a non-essential part of the Tuffy's facility, the company said in a press release, and production areas were not damaged.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — A man accused of strangling his girlfriend to death in 2017 in has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Eddie Frazier entered an Alford plea to the charge in Polk County court Monday, March 11. An Alford plea means he doesn't admit committing the crime, but acknowledges the state has enough evidence for a jury to find him guilty. Prosecutors said Frazier intentionally strangled 48-year-old Tawnya Wallace at their Crookston apartment in May 2017. Wallace was found dead in her bathtub, according to charging documents.
RED LAKE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of zebra mussel larvae in Red Lake after studying samples gathered last summer by biologists from the Red Lake Nation. Zebra mussel larvae, called veligers, typically indicate the presence of a reproducing population of zebra mussels. No adult zebra mussels have been identified, officials said. Eight veligers were found in a zooplankton sample taken from the middle of Upper Red Lake.