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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.
CARLTON, Minn. — A grand jury on Thursday, March 7, indicted a Bayfield County, Wis., man on a premeditated first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of his uncle in northeast Minnesota. James Francis Montano, 33, allegedly opened fire outside his father’s residence last April, killing 57-year-old Andrew James Gokee and injuring 38-year-old Hudson Gauthier.
The long-time host of 'Jeopardy!', Alex Trebek, delivered a message through the official 'Jeopardy!' Twitter page saying that he was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. In the video he says, "Now normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I'm going to fight this. I'm going to keep working and with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease," Trebek said. Watch the full message below.
DULUTH — A Duluth man pleaded not guilty Monday, March 4, to fatally assaulting a Park Point resident in a January home invasion. A jury trial for Darrel Darryl Mayhew, 30, was scheduled to begin April 30 in state district court in Duluth. Mayhew is accused of striking 70-year-old Larry Watczak over the head with a blunt object before taking off with his cellphone, tablet computer and roughly $2 in cash. Although Watczak was able to briefly speak with police, he quickly slipped into a coma and died 10 days later.
DULUTH — Enbridge announced on Friday, March 1, that its Line 3 pipeline project is being delayed a year. Last month, company officials said they hoped to have the line up and running by the end of 2019, but now say that won’t happen until late 2020.
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service extended the deadline for farmers to file 2018 tax returns Thursday, Feb. 28. The IRS will waive the estimated tax penalty for farmers who file their federal income tax return and pay by April 15, according to a press release from the IRS. The original deadline was March 1. The new deadline offers farmers more time to determine their tax liability, which may be more difficult this year “due to certain rule changes,” the release said.
North Dakota 4, Minnesota Duluth 1 Despite being without starting goaltender Adam Scheel, without senior center Nick Jones, without second-round draft pick Grant Mismash, and with a netminder who hadn’t played a regular-season game since November, North Dakota beat Minnesota Duluth for the second time this season. Read more from Grand Forks here .
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.