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A 44-year-old Bemidji man likely will face charges in connection to a double homicide after authorities found the remains of two bodies in a fire pit, officials said Wednesday. Although the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office has yet to file official charges related to the homicide, Darren L. Stebe has been in the county jail since Tuesday, when he was arrested for violating his probation.
No. 7 Denver 2, North Dakota 1 An ever-so-familiar storyline played out for the Fighting Hawks on Friday: UND generated dozens of Grade-A chances, couldn’t finish on enough of them and came away with a 2-1 loss to the Denver Pioneers. Denver goalie Filip Larsson stopped 45 of 46 shots for the game. He’s now stopped 77 of 79 in his two starts against the Fighting Hawks this season. Read more here.
HUDSON, Wis. - A 51-year-old man charged in November with felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and maintaining a drug trafficking place after authorities seized more than 280 pounds of pot from two Baldwin-area properties, pleaded not guilty to both charges last week. Pheng Lee posted $35,000 cash bond last week in St. Croix County Circuit Court, according to court records.
BEMIDJI — The story of Jeremy Jourdain, a Cass Lake teenager who went missing in 2016, will be featured Wednesday, Jan. 30, on an episode of the new television show “In Pursuit with John Walsh.” The show will air at 9 p.m. on the Investigation Discovery channel. During the show, Walsh tells viewers about unsolved cases that need to be closed.
DULUTH — Two Duluth men who trafficked and sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl were convicted Tuesday, Jan. 22, in U.S. District Court in Duluth. After a six-day trial, Amos Kiprop Koech, 44, was found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor and sex trafficking of a minor. Koech’s co-conspirator Andre Mathis Jr., 33, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a minor on Jan. 10.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — A Crookston man has been sentenced to 30 days on house arrest for kicking his mother’s dog to death after it urinated on his shoes. Polk County District Judge Anne Rasmusson handed down the sentence Tuesday, Jan. 22, to Benjerman Robert Eia, 22, who pleaded guilty in December to a felony count of mistreatment of an animal resulting in death. He faced a maximum punishment of two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
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.