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America sets aside April 22 every year to celebrate Earth Day. Since the first Earth Day in 1970, young and old have gathered globally to participate in activities that foster appreciation of the environment and create awareness of the issues that threaten our globe.
VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn.—The family of a man killed by Ramsey County sheriff's deputies in Vadnais Heights earlier this week has identified him as Darren Jahnke, 47. "Our hearts are breaking right now," sister Jenny Vance said Wednesday night. All four deputies have been placed on standard administrative leave. They are Lisa Daly, a 25-year veteran; Doug Haider, an 11-year veteran; Sara Naglosky, 4 months and Andre Rongitsch, a 12-year veteran.
Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie is reminding citizens that the week of April 17-20 is Severe Weather Awareness Week.
WELCH, Minn.—Adam Sandler is coming to Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, Minn., this summer. The comedian's "Netflix Presents: Here Comes the Funny Tour" will arrive at the casino northwest of Red Wing on Wednesday, June 21. Sandler will be joined by fellow comedians David Spade, Nick Swardson and Rob Schneider. It's a rare appearance in Minnesota by the comedians. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show start at $99 and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. For more information, visit ticketmaster.com.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — A middle school assistant principal in Bemidji pleaded not guilty Monday, April 17, to two felony counts of engaging in electronic communication relating to or describing sexual conduct with a child. Brandon Mark Bjerknes, 34, is accused of posing as a 13-year-old boy on social media in order to have sexual conversations with children, according to court documents.
The Minnesota Department of Corrections is seeking a Level 3 predatory offender who is no longer complying with the conditions of his release from prison. Michael James Costa was released from prison on July 25, 2016, to Intensive Supervised Release by Olmsted County. He has been on fugitive status since April 14, 2017, when he absconded from his supervision while residing in Rochester.
Fifteen teams representing seven District 196 schools had top finishes at metro-area tournaments in February and March, qualifying to compete at the Destination ImagiNation state tournament April 22 in Champlin.
The annual Cold Weather Rule protecting residential energy customers from having their primary heating source disconnected expires April 15. Xcel Energy is reminding customers who may have fallen behind on their bills to make arrangements to ensure their service is not interrupted.
Burnsville teacher accused of sexually explicit communication with student BURNSVILLE, MInn. — A Burnsville High School music teacher is accused of having sexually explicit electronic communication with a student over the past several weeks, police said. Erik Micheal Akervik, 29, of Burnsville, was arrested at the high school about 11:30 a.m. Monday and booked into Dakota County jail on suspicion of using the internet or a computer to distribute material that relates or describes sexual conduct with a child, jail records show.
DULUTH — A Fraser Shipyards employee who was injured while working on a Great Lakes freighter in February has died, and the company faces a citation from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the incident. Joseph Burch, a member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 117 and a 22-year employee of the company, died Saturday night, according to his family. The Superior, Wis., native died as a result of burns suffered in the Feb. 6 incident on a vessel that was moored in the Twin Ports for repairs during winter layup.