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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.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn.—Dash-cam video released Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety shows shocking video of just how dangerous a drunk driver can be to motorists. According to the agency, the driver of the semi-truck was driving along Highway 10 in Morrison County, near Little Falls, Minn. The dash-cam video shows the driver of the semi swerving off the road, nearly knocking out multiple road signs in the process. The driver of the semi was so intoxicated he fell to the ground when attempting to exit the semi.
CROOKSTON, Minn.—A Crookston man found guilty of sexually assaulting two young children in Polk County several years ago was sentenced to 37 years in prison Tuesday. A judge handed down the sentence to Brett Allen Goulet, 34, who was charged in Polk County District Court with two felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He faced 30 years in prison for each charge.
MINNEAPOLIS—What began on Twitter as a joke Sunday afternoon, quickly spiraled into false news reports that U.S. Bank Stadium would open its doors to the homeless during a night of subzero temperatures in the Twin Cities. Shortly after the Vikings' loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Minneapolis gym owner David Dellanave tweeted that the team was planning to turn the stadium into a temporary homeless shelter.
ST. PAUL—With ice forming on Minnesota lakes, outdoor enthusiasts may be tempted to get out before ice is thick enough to support foot traffic. The Department of Natural Resources conservation officers have a message — stay off the ice until at least 4 inches of new, clear ice is present.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—A man and a woman are charged with multiple felonies for allegedly dealing heroin out of their Detroit Lakes motel room. Jermaine Dequinte Henderson, 37, of Minneapolis and Amber Lynn Shaugabay, 24, of Detroit Lakes were allegedly caught with 59 grams of heroin in a safe on a dresser in their motel room. During the search on Nov. 29, officers with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force also found other things associated with drug sales, including $4,099 cash, two digital scales, multiple baggies and a razor blade.
ST. PAUL — Mayor Chris Coleman of St. Paul is running for Minnesota governor. He filed paperwork on Tuesday, Dec. 13, to run in the 2018 election in what is expected to be a crowded Democratic field. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has said he will not seek a third term. In the past couple of years, Coleman has traveled the state, getting to know rural residents whose support will be needed for any governor candidate to win.
ANOKA—An 18-year-old woman was struck and killed by a train in Anoka Sunday morning at Metro Transit's Northstar Commuter Rail station. A BNSF train struck a pedestrian at 10 a.m., according to spokeswoman Amy McBeth. The Anoka County sheriff's office reported that when Anoka police officers arrived at the scene, they found the woman with extreme injuries. Emergency medical personnel worked to save her, but she died at the scene. Train service was halted until about 1 p.m. so local officials could conduct their investigation, McBeth said.
ST. PAUL — Someone left the cremated remains of a man who apparently died six years ago at a St. Paul cemetery. Now, police are trying to find out where they belong. On Tuesday, a member of the Oakland Cemetery grounds crew found a plastic box holding cremains when he went to lock the front gate on Sycamore Street at Jackson Street about 4:30 p.m., said Robert Schoenrock, the cemetery's grounds superintendent.