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Minnesota deer harvest increases 16 percent over last year ST. PAUL—Minnesota firearms hunters registered 161,057 deer through the third weekend of deer season, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Preliminary results through the third weekend show that the number of deer registered was up 16 percent from 2016. Of the deer harvested, 53 percent were bucks, compared to 63 percent during the same period in 2016.
Former northern Minnesota cult leader has sentence reduced ST. PAUL—A former Pine County cult leader who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two girls at his camp near Finlayson in northeast Minnesota will see a six-year reduction in his sentence. The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday cited a technicality in reducing 56-year-old Victor Barnard's prison term from 30 to 24 years.
3 Florida men convicted of credit card skimming in Minnesota MINNEAPOLIS — Three Florida men have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a gas pump credit card skimming operation. Roilan Garriga, 20, Wilbur Perez-Soca, 24, and Asleys Acosta, 28, each pleaded guilty to five counts each of felony identity theft in Hennepin County District Court, according to a release from the Minnesota Department of Commerce. They will be sentenced on January 8, 2018.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota firearms hunters registered 145,054 deer through the second weekend of deer season as more corn was out of the fields, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Preliminary results through the second weekend show that the number of deer registered was up 10 percent from 2016. There were 70,724 deer taken during the first weekend and 74,330 this past weekend. Of the deer harvested over the firearms season, 54 percent were bucks, compared to 63 percent in 2016.
Mall of America says stabbing incident 'isolated' BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - The stabbing at Macy's in the Mall of America on Sunday night was an isolated incident and the mall is committed to the safety of its customers, its managers said Monday.
About 200 people gathered Oct. 12 at Stillwater Middle School for the Make It OK Community Conversation. Make It OK is a campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illness. The event included Minnesota Public Radio presenter John Moe, who hosted the first season of the "Hilarious World of Depression" podcasts earlier this year sponsored by HealthPartners and Make It OK. Moe said he continues to hear from listeners who find inspiration from the comedians who have dealt with depression.
A late-season antlerless only deer hunt proposed for three southeastern Minnesota permit areas with deer populations significantly above goal levels will not be conducted in January 2018. Public input collected at two meetings and online showed no clear consensus either for or against the hunt, said Paul Telander, wildlife section chief for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
ST. PAUL — About 100 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will accept unneeded prescription drugs Saturday, Oct. 28. "There were more opioid-related deaths last year than the year before,' state Attorney General Lori Swanson said. "Safely disposing of prescription drugs that are no longer needed keeps them from being diverted or abused, or being accidentally swallowed by children,"
APPLE VALLEY, Minn.—The oldest snow monkey in North America died Sunday at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. Nikko, a Japanese macaque (commonly referred to as snow monkeys), celebrated his 34th birthday in September, according to a news release issued Monday by zoo officials. Nikko nearly doubled the average life expectancy of his species, which is 18 years, the news release said. He arrived at the zoo in 2001.
For the past 20 years, I have been enjoying the Farmington municipal pool. Five of these years have included my employment and, although some years have been better than others, one thing has become blatantly clear: The pool is important to the community in southern Farmington.