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GREEN BAY, Wis. - Former North Dakota State wide receiver Darrius Shepherd has signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers. Shepherd was invited to the Packers rookie mini-camp last weekend and impressed the Green Bay management to earn a contract with the team. Shepherd finished his career at NDSU with four national championships, playing in 57 career games. He racked up 188 receptions for 2,841 yards and 20 receiving touchdowns. He is second in school history in receptions and yards and ranks sixth all-time in touchdowns.
HERMANTOWN, Minn. - The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office on Sunday night, May 5, identified a man who was shot dead by authorities Saturday afternoon in Hermantown. Timothy Russell Majchrzak, 37, of Hermantown, died of multiple gunshot wounds, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said in a statement. Hermantown is on the western edge of Duluth.
DULUTH - Duluth police arrested a 16-year-old boy Sunday night, April 28, in connection with an April 23 gunfire incident in the Lincoln Park neighborhood that left one person wounded. The boy was arrested about 7:35 p.m. near 27th Avenue West and Michigan Street and taken to the Arrowhead Juvenile Center. He is expected to be charged with robbery and felony assault.
FARGO — A Pelican Rapids, Minn., woman has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges of mail fraud and money laundering involving the theft of between $500,000 and $1.5 million from a Fargo-based property management company. According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Fargo: Mickey Haarstad, 52, defrauded Campbell Properties and its investor/partners of between $500,000 and $1.5 million between 2014 and 2018.
DULUTH — First responders recovered the body of a male from Chester Creek on Tuesday, April 16, near the University of Minnesota Duluth. The male could not immediately be identified and it was not known Tuesday afternoon how long he was in the water. An investigation into the cause of death is ongoing, St. Louis County Undersheriff Dave Phillips said. The body was first reported around 4:32 p.m. by someone passing by the Ninth Street bridge over the creek. The steep incline, snow and ice made recovery of the body difficult, Phillips said.
GRAND FORKS - Don't buy a car from Auto Recovery Brokers in Grand Forks, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota advises. The auto dealer says it is in Grand Forks, but there is no licensed auto dealer in the state by this name, the BBB said in a release. Consumers submitted more than 200 complaints about Auto Recovery Brokers, Duluth Motors Transport and Tralaway International, the release said.
MADISON, Wis. - Jeanne Nutter, the social worker who helped lead Jayme Closs to safety after the 13-year-old Barron girl was abducted and held captive in Gordon for 88 days, was honored for her outstanding service by Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Secretary Emilie Amundson during a ceremony at the state Capitol on Thursday, March 21. She was nominated for the award by a former intern, who said Jayme couldn't have found a better person to help her, adding that Nutter has been a “role model for many social workers over the years.”
ST. PAUL -- The National Collegiate Hockey Conference's Frozen Faceoff takes center stage this week as the conference holds its sixth annual conference tournament Friday and Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Rink Live, a Forum Communications' Co. website, will be bringing college hockey fans all the action off the ice with special live coverage, along with comprehensive game coverage of all games.
HAGER CITY, Wis. — Pierce County authorities recovered a body Tuesday, March 19, on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River backwaters near Hager City about 50 miles southeast of the Twin Cities. The body of a woman approximately 40 to 50 years old was removed from the water after a fisherman reported finding it around 12:20 p.m. near Everts Resort in the town of Trenton, Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove said. A news release states Pierce County Medical Examiner John Worsing pronounced the woman dead at the scene.