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DULUTH, Minn. -- Minnesota Duluth junior Riley Tufte has plenty to motivate him in Year 3 with the Bulldogs. The former Blaine High School wing is not only chasing a second national championship at UMD, he’s also entering a pivotal year professionally. After taking him in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft, the Dallas Stars are likely to pull out all the stops in an attempt to sign Tufte this offseason.
WANNASKA, Minn. -- A 19-year-old Twin Valley, Minn., woman died after rolling her car Friday afternoon, a press release from the Rosea County Sheriff’s Office said. Leah Marie Vigum was westbound on County Road 18 south of Wannaska when her 1994 Pontiac Bonneville veered off the road and rolled just before 4:30 p.m., according to the release. Vigum was not wearing her seat belt and was thrown from the car, the release said.
SEATTLE -- Jack Patera, the Vikings defensive line coach from 1969-75 and the first head coach of the expansion Seattle Seahawks in 1976, died Wednesday at his Seattle home. He was 85. Patera, who had pancreatic cancer, coached Minnesota’s legendary “Purple People Eaters” defensive line. It included hall of famers Alan Page and Carl Eller and iron man Jim Marshall.
BOSTON -- Clayton Kershaw took steps to prepare for his first career start at Fenway Park but didn't have it when he took the mound for Game 1 of the World Series. The Boston Red Sox roughed up the Los Angeles Dodgers ace for five runs in four-plus innings, pulling away late for an 8-4 win Tuesday night and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
DULUTH, Minn. -- The Duluth Police Department has closed an investigation into a recent assault captured on video outside East High School and widely shared on social media. The video appears to show a male student tackling another student, repeatedly punching him in the head, violently stomping on him and delivering several kicks to his face. A second video appears to show the assailant bragging about the incident, vaguely referencing a theft and other issues that may have precipitated the assault.
MINNEAPOLIS -- An explosion at a metal processing plant in Minneapolis on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 19, has seriously injured two workers. The employees had “significant injuries” from the blast at Metal-Matic in southeast Minneapolis, said a news release from the Minneapolis Fire Department.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Something didn't smell right when Stearns County deputies were called to a report of a burglary of lumber and other items from a farm shed Wednesday morning, Aug. 29. The case quickly began to stink even more. The caller said the pickup was still on his property and it was stuck in a huge pit of manure, made messier because of heavy weekend rains, with one man still in the vehicle. Another man had fled the scene.
PIERRE, S.D. - Six people accused of attempting to have sex with minors have been arrested in a Sturgis Motorcycle Rally sex sting, state officials said in a release Tuesday, Aug. 15. An undercover operation taking place at the annual rally in the Black Hills for the past five years has netted arrests of people from across the world, according to Ace Crawford of the U.S. attorney's office for South Dakota.
PIERRE, S.D.—In one of the largest-ever wildlife trafficking investigations in the Midwest, 19 of the 31 people arrested in the undercover operation have been sentenced in federal court. U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Ron Parsons, in a release on Tuesday, Aug. 7, said the sentences were handed down this spring and summer to nine men and five women from South Dakota, one man from North Dakota, one man from Idaho and two pawn shop operations in South Dakota.
SPEARFISH, S.D. -- The death of an Illinois man who died from a prairie rattlesnake bite while golfing last week in the Black Hills is being called a “tragic fluke.” Lawrence Walters, 70, died at the Spearfish hospital after he was bit while looking for a ball in the rough at the Elkhorn Ridge Golf Club.