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Man who attacked, robbed older couple in their home gets almost 20 years ST. PAUL—He arrived wearing a white hard hat and a bright orange traffic vest. He attacked the couple at their home and robbed them. Then he left in his white Cadillac. Now, Nathaniel Jackson is getting more than 18 years in prison for two counts of first-degree aggravated robbery and one count of first-degree burglary and assault of a person. The 60-year-old St. Paul man has 10 aliases and several prior felony convictions.
Statewide DFL environmental caucus endorses Otto for governor ST. PAUL—The Minnesota DFL Environmental Caucus said Tuesday that they have endorsed State Auditor Rebecca Otto in the crowded race for the 2018 DFL gubernatorial endorsement. The caucus is made up of about 400 members from across the state who are trying to promote an environmental protection agenda among the state's Democrats.
Fluegel's Farm, Garden & Pet in Rosemount is holding its second annual Hope for the Holidays raffle event through Jan. 2 to help raise funds for two area animal rescue organizations. Each ticket is $5 each, and can be purchased at Fluegel's, 14700 S. Robert Trail. All proceeds go toward the Last Hope Inc. and Amazing Animal Advocates, which are nonprofit animal rescue and adoption organizations in Farmington and Rosemount. The drawing will take place Jan. 2 as well.
The varsity Farmington Tiger dance team took second place in High Kick at the Lakeville North Dance Team Invitational on Dec. 9. On Saturday, Dec. 16, they took third when they hosted the South Suburban Conference meet.
Woman, 69, dies in St. Paul house fire ST. PAUL—A 69-year-old woman who was a mother and grandmother died early Thursday after a fire in her home on St. Paul's East Side, according to the fire department. A neighbor was alerted to the blaze by his barking dog about 1:45 a.m., said Assistant Fire Chief Mike Gaede. He called 911. Responding firefighters saw "a significant amount of fire coming out of the windows on two sides of the house," according to a statement from the St. Paul fire department.
Neal Ronquist is the new publisher for RiverTown Multimedia. Ronquist continues as publisher of the Duluth News Tribune group as well. His expanded role began last week.
Dayton announces he is cancer-free, encourages screenings ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton had a bit of good health news to share and he used the opportunity to encourage his fellow Minnesotans to look after themselves. Dayton announced that he is currently cancer free during a news conference Monday, Dec. 4. As he made the announcement, he proclaimed this to be Cancer Screen Week and encouraged others to be screened for early signs of cancer.
Minnesota Department of Health used a petitioning process to solicit public input on potential qualifying conditions. The process included public comments, a citizens' review panel and a set of research summaries for each condition prepared by MDH staff.
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.