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WILLMAR, Minn. -- A west-central Minnesota small college suspended its football program for the remainder of the season due to concern for player safety. Craig Johnson, president of Ridgewater College, said a depleted roster, which is down to 22 players from 54, forced the decision.
HUDSON, Wis. -- A Pierce County Sheriff's Office deputy was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of child sexual assault. According to the Pierce County Jail log, Allen J. Wojcik, 31, was booked at 5:32 p.m. Sept. 26 on suspicion of second-degree sexual assault of a child. He was transferred to the St. Croix County jail, where he was also listed on a Wednesday jail log.
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- A two-hour documentary, “The Mayo Clinic: Faith-Hope-Science,” created by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns will air on public television on at 8 p.m. Central Tuesday night. The documentary tells the story of the Rochester clinic that has been called a “place for hope where there is no hope,” according to Burns’ website.
SAGINAW, Minn. -- A St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office patrol sergeant was struck head-on by an alleged drunk driver late Tuesday, Sept. 11, an act a preliminary investigation shows may have been intentional. Nobody was injured and the 25-year-old Saginaw man was booked for DWI into the county jail, a sheriff’s office news release said on Wednesday. The sergeant was patrolling Industrial Township north of Saginaw on county Highway 8 near Minnesota Highway 33 around 11:45 p.m. when he noticed a vehicle traveling in his direction — on his side of the road.
MOORHEAD — A Sanford Medical Center nurse has been suspended after being charged with stealing prescription drugs from a home in Moorhead. Lisa A. Skalicky, 45, of Fargo, is charged with one felony count of second-degree burglary, Clay County District Court records show. On Tuesday, Sept. 11, a Sanford Medical Center spokesperson said Skalicky has been suspended from her position at the hospital.
ST. PAUL -- Explore Minnesota has launched its annual fall color map and Clay and Norman counties in northwestern Minnesota are among a few small pockets leading the march toward autumn hues. "Scenic road trips, harvest season, festivals and outdoor recreation make fall the second-biggest travel season. Minnesota is a top destination to experience the fall colors at parks and trails across the state," said Explore Minnesota director John Edman in a news release. "With weekly statewide fall color reports, we're able to help travelers make the most of this special season."
FARGO — Minnesota ranked third and North Dakota fourth in WalletHub's 2018 Happiest States in America report. To determine where Americans are happiest, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 31 indicators. The data set includes emotional health, job satisfaction, income growth and safety. The top 10 happiest states are • Hawaii • Utah • Minnesota • North Dakota • California • Idaho • Maryland • Iowa • South Dakota • Nebraska
WABASHA, Minn. -- The human remains found July 14 in the Mississippi River were that of David John Sheridan, a boater who had been missing since late-April, the Wabasha County Sheriff's Office announced Friday, Sept. 7. The remains were identified by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension through a DNA match, according to the Sept. 7 news release. Sheridan, 61, of Pepin, Wis., had taken his Dragonfly sailboat for a test run on Lake Pepin and was reported missing after the boat was found unoccupied the following morning.
DULUTH — A 25-year-old man was booked into the St. Louis County Jail on Monday, Sept. 3, on suspicion of second-degree murder related to the shooting death of Scott Allen Pennington in downtown Duluth over the weekend .
ST. PAUL -- August marked the first time in four months where fatalities dropped below 30 traffic-related deaths during a single month, Minnesota Department of Public Safety statistics show. During the 100 deadliest days (Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day), 116 people were killed on Minnesota roads. That’s 52 percent of all traffic fatalities so far this year and a decrease of five deaths from the same period in 2017.