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BEMIDJI, Minn.—Ralphie May, the nationally known stand-up comedian who had to cancel or postpone several regional shows last year because of his derogatory jokes about Native Americans, has died. Representatives released a statement Friday, Oct. 6, saying May, 45, had been battling pneumonia and was found dead Friday morning at a private residence in Las Vegas. The cause of death was cardiac arrest.
TENNEY, Minn.—A 21-year-old construction worker died after falling 150 feet from the top of an elevator here Thursday afternoon, Oct. 5, the Wilkin County Sheriff's Office reported. The man was working at the Wheaton Dumont Co-op Elevator with two other men on a platform. They were adjusting another platform to connect to the platform that they were on when the man fell, the sheriff's office reported. The accident was reported about 2:45 p.m. Tenney is about 25 miles southeast of Wahpeton-Breckenridge.
AITKIN, Minn.—A 34-year-old Palisade man was sentenced to 17½ years in prison for killing his infant daughter last November by throwing her 12 feet into the air and across a kitchen. John Douglas Peterson was convicted Sept. 27 in Aitkin County District Court of second-degree murder without intent in the death of the 5-week-old girl. A separate charge of second-degree felony murder was dismissed. Peterson was sentenced to serve his time at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud. He was given credit for 36 days already served.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A St. Paul man was charged with first-degree possession of marijuana after $400,000 worth of pot was allegedly found in the vehicle he was driving in Clay County in far western Minnesota. According to a complaint filed in Clay County District Court: A Minnesota state trooper was on patrol about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, when he saw a truck with Oregon plates veer over the fog line on Interstate 94.
SUPERIOR, Wis. — Six people have been charged with trespassing after their protest on Tuesday morning, Aug. 29, stopped work on a segment of Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline construction in rural Douglas County, Wis.
Fargo - A potentially unthinkable story began to reveal itself Thursday, Aug. 24, when the investigation into the disappearance of a pregnant 22-year-old woman resulted in police finding a healthy infant at a north Fargo apartment building where the woman was last seen. The discovery of the infant, Fargo police said, was followed by the arrest of Brooke Lynn Crews, 38, and William Henry Hoehn, 32, who both lived in the same apartment building as the missing woman, Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind.
SEOUL — A U.S. Navy investigation is now underway into how the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker three times its size off the Strait of Malacca early Monday morning, Aug. 21, as the search for 10 missing sailors continues. The guided-missile destroyer is now at the Changi Naval Base in Singapore, and photos show it has a large hole in its side at the waterline.
MCINTOSH, Minn.—A 65-year-old male from Oklee, Minn., has died after crashing a motorcycle. The driver was traveling west on Highway 2, east of McIntosh, Minn., when he lost control of a Honda Shadow motorcycle and went into the north ditch.
DULUTH, Minn.—The vice president of the University of Minnesota Duluth College Republicans has stepped down after racist and nationalist posts on the group's Facebook page. The group's president removed several posts from its Facebook page late Monday night after concerns were raised about their content. Among the posts removed was one from Aug. 11 that, according to WDIO-TV, read in part: "There is a cozy thought to the USA killing millions. I mean we spend all this money on the miltary (sic), why not use it?"
DULUTH -- The St. Marys River between lakes Superior and Huron was partially closed to commercial vessels as of Thursday morning, Aug. 10, after a U.S. cargo ship ran aground less than 3 miles east of the Soo Locks. The 629-foot Calumet departed Essar Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and was transiting downbound in the St. Marys River to its next port of call in Brevort, Mich., when it ran aground 20 minutes before midnight Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a news release.