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MINNEAPOLIS—Hennepin County prosecutors on Thursday dismissed rape and stalking charges against a University of Minnesota law professor, saying they could not verify the accusations of his former girlfriend. Francesco Parisi, 54, was arrested in February and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and felony stalking. Both charges were dismissed.
MINNEAPOLIS—Rep. Collin Peterson clawed his way to culinary excellence with his "Right to Bear Arms" bear-meat hotdish, winning the seventh-annual Minnesota congressional delegation "Hotdish Off" competition Wednesday, March 8. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., started the event as a way to bring the delegation together and celebrate a state tradition. Peterson beat out Franken, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and Reps. Betty McCollum, Tim Walz, Keith Ellison, Erik Paulsen, Rick Nolan, Tom Emmer and Jason Lewis, Franken said in a news release on his Twitter account.
ST. PAUL—A man is accused of storing and sharing scores of pornographic images of children after investigators traced a flagged Skype account to his St. Paul address, charges say. Benjamin Aaron Festa, 35, was charged via warrant this month in Ramsey County District Court with 20 felony counts of possessing pornographic works involving minors. Festa could not be reached for comment Monday and does not appear to have retained an attorney.
ZIMMERMAN, Minn.—A pair of tornadoes reportedly touched down in Minnesota on Monday as a band of severe weather moved through the Midwest. If confirmed, the tornadoes would be the earliest in the state's recorded history. The storm system largely missed the Twin Cities, which received only brief thundershowers, but it flattened trees and dropped ping-pong ball-size hail in areas to the north and south of the metro, according to Lisa Schmit, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
PAYNESVILLE, Minn. — A pilot was seriously injured when his small, experimental plane crashed Saturday afternoon in a field near the Paynesville Airport. According to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, Michael Jude, 71, of St.
WILLMAR, Minn.—There are now 265,728 valid permit-holders for handguns in Minnesota, an increase of 59 percent over 2105, according to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension report on Wednesday, March 1, said 71,156 permits were issued statewide in 2016, the highest number of permits issued in a single year since the current firearm laws were implemented in 2003. That's up from 44,696 in 2015. ---
WILLMAR, Minn. — Police say a 38-year-old Cosmos man hit his estranged wife with his vehicle as she left her Willmar workplace Wednesday morning, abducted her and drove away from the area. The woman was found safe, but injured. The man is now in custody at the Kandiyohi County Jail in connection with the incident, facing kidnapping, second-degree assault, domestic assault and interfering with a 911 call charges.
KANABEC COUNTY, Minn.—A sheriff's deputy for Kanabec County in east central Minnesota was taken to the hospital after he hit a cow with his squad car. Deputy Daniel Steven, 30, was looking for a cow reported on the road. As Steven was on patrol, the cow ran out of the ditch and was hit. Airbags deployed in the squad car. Steven was taken to a hospital, but is expected to recover. --- Chisago County man charged with killing neighbor
ROCHESTER, Minn. — United Airlines will begin service June 8 out the Rochester International Airport. The airline will operate three daily flights to and from its hub at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. "This service will provide 150 new departing seats per day, which is a capacity increase of 35 percent for our community" said John Reed, Rochester International's executive director. The addition is being touted as a major step in the community's Destination Medical Center initiative.
MANY POINT LAKE, Minn.—A man was injured here and airlifted to a Fargo hospital Sunday, Feb. 26, after being ejected from his snowmobile. The Becker County Sheriff's Office responded at 5:20 p.m. to a snowmobile crash on Many Point Lake, which is northeast of Detroit Lakes. Authorities said Christopher Maloney, 41, of Felton, Minn., was riding his snowmobile on the lake when he lost control and was thrown from the machine.. Emergency responders brought Maloney from the lake to a helicopter, and he was flown to a Fargo hospital. His condition was unknown Sunday night.