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BEMIDJI, Minn.—A Garfield, Minn., snowmobile enthusiast was on his way to fulfilling a lifelong dream Sunday when things suddenly went very wrong north of Blackduck. According to his CaringBridge website, Brad Klinkner, his son Adam and a good friend were planning to fulfill Brad's dream of snowmobiling from the Iowa state line to the Canada border, and then across the entire state of Minnesota. The group reached the Bemidji area in northern Minnesota on Sunday.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — A Crookston woman will spend up to three years in jail for keeping heroin she intended to sell in her bra. Cynthia Esquivel, 45, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Grand Forks District Court to possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver or manufacture, a Class A felony that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. After agreeing to a plea deal, she was sentenced to six years imprisonment with three years suspended. She also was ordered to pay $1,000 in fines.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Monday issued an air quality advisory for the Twin Cities metro, effective until midnight Wednesday. Fine particle pollution is expected to be at levels that may be harmful to children, the elderly and people with pre-existing cardiovascular or respiratory disease, according to an MPCA news release. Anyone planning to participate in activities that require prolonged physical exertion — both indoors and outdoors — should consider rescheduling these activities, the news release said.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn.—Visitors to this year's Great Minnesota Get-Together will see major grounds upgrades. That's the good news. The bad news: Ticket prices are going up $1. The Minnesota State Fair's board of managers on Sunday approved $8 million for upgrades, including $4.6 million in capital work and $3.4 million in maintenance projects, according to a news release.
BLAINE, Minn.—Two Blaine High School students were arrested Thursday after administrators found a gun in a school locker. In a note to high school parents, Principal Jason Paske said staff were alerted that a student had brought a gun to school and they "immediately confiscated the firearm from a locker." Paske said there's no indication students were at risk, but police were contacted and an investigation is underway. Two boys, 14 and 15 years old, were arrested and transported to the juvenile detention center in Lino Lakes, said Lt. Dan Pelkey of the Blaine Police Department.
ST. PAUL—Twelve candidates have been selected as finalists for appointments to four open seats on the University of Minnesota system board of regents. An advisory council recommended the 12 to a joint legislative committee that will make a final recommendation to the full Legislature for a vote. The four open seats include one each from Minnesota's second, third and eighth congressional districts as well as one statewide at-large seat. All appointments will be for six-year terms for the governing body of 12 members.
ROYALTON, Minn.—A truck driver was killed Tuesday morning in central Minnesota when his vehicle rear-ended a snowplow. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the truck driver was westbound on U.S. 10 south of Royalton in Benton County when he drove into the back of a westbound snowplow operated by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The plow was clearing snow and had its warning lights activated at the time of the 11:30 a.m. collision. The driver of the Snap-on Tool truck was a 30-year-old St. Michael man. He was not immediately identified.
WILLMAR, Minn. — A Willmar man accused of exposing himself to a woman at the Willmar Public Library has been sentenced to two years of probation and stayed jail time. Jesus Gabriel Rivera, 34, pleaded guilty in November in Kandiyohi County District Court to gross misdemeanor indecent exposure. As part of his Jan. 5 sentence, he will have a psychosexual evaluation, must complete treatment at Woodland Centers, and he is barred from possessing pornography or having any contact with anyone under 18, among other conditions.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — The owners of a Bemidji funeral home started the year with an unpleasant surprise Monday, when they arrived at work to find that one of the hearses had been stolen. Though police soon located the hearse—owned by the Cease Family Funeral Home—in Clearwater County, it had been burned down to the chassis. The hearse was taken from the funeral home's Bemidji location according to Kevin Cease, who owns the business with his family.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — A man suspected of snowmobiling while drunk was able to outrun officers, despite crashing on a frozen lake, but his footprints later led to his arrest. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office identified the suspect as Jere Dosdall, 47, of Alexandria.