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GREEN BAY, Wis. — A handful of stores in Upper Midwestern states are slated to close after general merchandise retailer Shopko announced it has filed voluntary petitions for financial restructuring under the Chapter 11 bankruptcy code.
DULUTH — A man is dead after being found unresponsive in a hot tub at the downtown Duluth YMCA Wednesday, Jan 16. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported that at about 8 a.m., a lifeguard noticed that Joseph Donald Robbins, 32, was submerged and unresponsive in the hot tub. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. Robbins was homeless, the sheriff’s office said.
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.
ELY, Minn. - A Cloquet man last seen with a Cloquet woman Friday, Dec. 21, was found dead Wednesday in the water on White Iron Lake, which is southeast of Ely. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported that the body of Kenneth Wildenaur, 60, was found by members of the St. Louis County Rescue Squad about 2 p.m. Wednesday. The two were last seen together Friday at Tank's Bar and Restaurant in Babbitt. Their last known location, based on cell phone records, was just southeast of Ely on Saturday afternoon.
HIBBING, Minn. — Police are seeking a suspect after a shooting on Christmas night in Hibbing left one man dead and another injured, authorities report. Hibbing police have identified Jerome Diante Spann, 29, as a suspect in the case. Spann allegedly fled with an unidentified man, authorities said, adding that Spann may have traveled to St. Paul, where he has relatives.
PINE RIVER, Minn. - Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Pine River is prepared to welcome a stolen Jesus statue back to the parish with no questions asked. Barbara Demm, maintenance worker at the central Minnesota church, noticed the statue was missing from the garden shortly after Thanksgiving, though she said a parishioner had noticed it was missing just before Thanksgiving.
DULUTH — The city of Duluth soon could require people to be at least 21 in order to purchase tobacco or e-cigarette products. Duluth city councilors Em Westerlund and Zack Filipovich say they plan to bring forward a proposed ordinance along those lines on Jan. 14 for a first reading. If they do, the ordinance could go to a vote as soon as Jan. 28. If the ordinance passes, Duluth will join 21 other cities and counties in Minnesota already have adopted similar age restrictions.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A Milwaukee, Wis., man has been sentenced in federal court to 25 years in prison in connection with drug charges related to drug overdoses in the Fargo-Moorhead area, including one fatal overdose. According to information released by the office of U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers:
ROSEAU, Minn. — A Roseau man will spend two more months behind bars for sexually assaulting a young child. Anthony Joseph Ray Garcia, 23, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct as part of a plea agreement that dropped a first-degree charge for sexual contact with a person under age 13. He has been in custody for four months and will have spent six months in jail in total. Garcia will also spend 10 years on supervised probation.
DULUTH — The man accused in Monday’s fatal shooting in the Gary-New Duluth neighborhood said his relationship with the victim grew increasingly hostile, according to court records. Brian Ross Shaw, 34, now of Hibbing, was formally charged in front of Judge Eric Hylden on Thursday, Dec. 13, with second-degree felony manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Kevin John Weiss, 35, of Duluth. If convicted, he would face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.