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ST. PAUL - More than 300 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota combined to make 2,757 arrests for drunken driving during a holiday enforcement campaign, an increase of nearly 4 percent from 2,656 a year ago. During the Nov. 21-Dec. 29 campaign, 15 drivers were reported to have a blood-alcohol content level of .30 or higher, the highest being .424 reported by University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) police, the Department of Public Safety said. Among the arrests:
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — The victim’s told Joshua Holby she doesn’t blame his family or harbor any ill feelings toward them. However, she told him, as well as everyone in the courtroom, that she does feel hatred toward him and that she will never forgive him for what he did to her daughter. Holby, 32, was sentenced in Douglas County District Court by Judge Timothy Churchwell to 86 months in prison after pleading guilty in September to two counts of kidnapping, a felony-level offense. Under the guidelines and because he has no prior criminal record, Holby received the 86-month sentence.
Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found sitting in a vehicle near Interstate 29 in north Grand Forks. Officers responded at 5:30 p.m. Monday to conduct a welfare check on a man in a vehicle, according to a news release. Police found the man had died, though it’s unclear how long the vehicle was at the location, the release said. “There is no reason to believe there is a threat to society, nor are we seeking any persons at this time,” police said in the release.
BADGER, Minn. -- A Badger man has been charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct for allegedly touching a minor girl inappropriately over a span of years. John Oliver Dybedahl, 43, was charged with three counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and three counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree for allegedly touching a minor child inappropriately multiple times over several years.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Tom Rukavina, a feisty Iron Range politician who made his mark in the Minnesota House and ended his political career last week as a St. Louis County commissioner, has died. Rukavina, 68, died Monday, Dec. 7, after a yearlong battle with leukemia. Rukavina died at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, where he was being treated to receive a bone marrow transplant.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- The Bemidji State men’s hockey team hung with Bowling Green until the very end Friday night, Jan. 4, before an empty-net goal delivered the Ohioans a 3-1 victory to split the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series. The Falcons (14-4-3, 9-3-2-2 WCHA), who entered the series No. 8 in the PairWise rankings, got off to a hot start by scoring twice in the first 5 minutes, 30 seconds of the game. Brandon Kruse scored at the 2:13 mark of the first period before Taylor Schneider tacked on the team’s second goal of the night three minutes later.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — Minnesota officials have announced the names of two lucky residents who bought lottery tickets worth $1 million each. Deb Meyer, of Prior Lake, Minn., got her winning ticket from Superpumper in Crookston, though it was her husband who purchased the Minnesota Millionaire Raffle ticket for her on Nov. 2 while on a hunting trip in northwest Minnesota, according to a news release from the Minnesota Lottery.
WASHINGTON — Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., has been elected chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture. It's the second time the 74-year-old dean of the Minnesota congressional delegation has served as the leader of the agriculture panel, first serving from 2007 to 2011. Since 2011, he has been the ranking member of the committee and played a key role in passing the farm bill late last year, as well as in previous years.
WADENA, Minn. - The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is investigating damage caused by battery acid after about 60 golf carts were destroyed in the Blueberry Pines golf clubhouse fire Wednesday, Jan. 2. “That all boiled right up through the sewer system and all the way down on County 16,” Building superintendent Jeff Yungbauer said. “They’re going to test it and see how bad it is.” The lodge was a complete loss. The fleet of carts were stored in the structure's basement, which housed the pro shop and restaurant.
MINNEAPOLIS — A Thief River Falls chiropractor accused of defrauding more than $1 million from insurance companies is expected to change his plea in federal court. Steven Richard Wiseth, 36, has reached a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minnesota, according to a letter from his attorney. Wiseth, who is charged with six counts of wire fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft, is scheduled to appear Jan. 17 in U.S. District Court for a change of plea hearing. He was slated to go to trial Monday, but that has been canceled.