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GLYNDON, Minn. – A popular swimming area at Buffalo River State Park in northwest Minnesota east of Moorhead is closed as officers investigate the drowning of a juvenile. Emergency responders were called to the swimming area around 4:05 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, on a report of a person there who was unconscious and not breathing.
AITKIN, Minn.—A 62-year-old Deerwood man accused of backing over a northern Minnesota woman in 2016, causing her death, was acquitted. Timothy Paul Kostal was charged in Aitkin County District Court with two misdemeanors of careless driving and for backing up on a roadway on June 10, 2016, the day of the fatal incident. Margaret Ann Johnson, 85, of Aitkin, was found dead on the shoulder of Highway 47 about 3.5 miles east of Aitkin. She was found near the end of her driveway by her mailbox.
The Burnett County Sheriff’s Office reported that 62-year-old Michael James Sanders was driving the wrong way at a high-rate of speed when he collided with another vehicle along State Highway 35 in the Town of Swiss at 8:14 p.m.
DULUTH -- Families crossing the American border illegally will be kept together, but President Donald Trump promises to remain tough on immigration. In front of 9,000 people in Duluth, the Republican president said American businesses need immigrants.
DULUTH—On a day when weather didn’t make headlines at Grandma’s Marathon, it was the winners who were in the spotlight at Minnesota’s oldest marathon. Kenyan Elisha Barno became the first four-time men’s winner and American Kellyn Taylor smashed the women’s event record time Saturday in the 42nd annual 26.2-mile race from Two Harbors to Canal Park in Duluth. Barno, 32, who runs out of Santa Fe, N.M., reeled off the final 11 miles of the race by himself, crossing the finish line in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 6 seconds.
REMER, Minn. -- Minnesota’s first all-female Bigfoot research team will visit Remer, Minn., July 7 for the town’s annual Bigfoot Days festival. The seven women who make up the SquatchHers group, formerly known as SHE-Squatchers, will hold one of their “Squatch Chats” during the event. They will also man a booth at the festival.
WILLMAR, Minn. – The former general manager of the Little Crow Country Club near Willmar in central Minnesota was granted a stay of adjudication Friday in his criminal case for stealing almost $300,000 from the club while employed there. Samuel Dean Drodofsky, 57, of Spicer, in April agreed to plead guilty to one count of felony theft. He was ordered Friday to serve 180 days in the Kandiyohi County Jail followed by 15 years of supervised probation.
EAGAN, Minn. -- Authorities have identified a 26-year-old Rosemount woman who was killed when the vehicle she was riding in crashed into a tree Monday night, June 4. Isabelle Marie Nappi was a passenger in a Volkswagen Routan when it went off the westbound Highway 13 ramp to southbound Cedar Avenue around 10:15 p.m., the State Patrol said. The driver, Mohamedoqadar Alinoor, 30, of Savage, was wearing a seat belt and sustained injuries that were not life-threatening, the State Patrol said. Nappi was not wearing a seat belt.
DULUTH -- A 33-year-old Duluth middle school teacher has been arrested for alleged child sexual abuse. The woman was booked into the St. Louis County Jail on Monday afternoon, May 21, on a preliminary charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a victim between the ages 13-15, according to jail records. Karla Winterfeld, a teacher at Lincoln Park Middle School teacher was arrested around 3:15 p.m. Monday as part of an ongoing investigation. Winterfeld was listed on the St. Louis County jail roster Tuesday afternoon.
LAPORTE, Minn. — A 42-year-old Iowa man and his 4-year-old child died after their kayak overturned on Hart Lake on Saturday, May 19. The Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office responded to the lake at about 1:26 p.m. Saturday after a family member of the victims reported that the kayak had overturned and not come up to the surface of the water.