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November 28, 2017

3 people arrested in connection with Fergus Falls shooting

FERGUS FALLS — Fergus Falls police say three people have been arrested in connection with a shooting last week.

Derek Koch, 35, Shaylee McCulloch, 20, of Dalton, and Hailey Johnson, 20, of Erhard, are charged with conspiracy to commit murder and aiding and abetting assault.

The shooting happened in a Fergus Falls apartment Tuesday. The victim was taken to a Fargo hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police say the victim is acquainted with the suspects.

2 employees hurt when car drives through Excelsior store

EXCELSIOR — Authorities say two employees of a boutique store in Excelsior were injured when a car barreled through the store.

Police said the driver appeared to be trying to park directly in front of the Provisions shop Saturday morning and instead slammed into the store and drove at least 50 feet into the building. The car came to rest in a hallway that is linked to other stores in the Excelsior Mill building.

Authorities say the store’s owner and manager were hurt. Investigators characterized their injuries as traumatic but not life threatening.

The woman driving the car did not appear to be injured.

2 residents each claim $1 million lottery jackpot

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota lottery officials say two residents have claimed their Powerball winnings, to the tune of $1 million each.

The two lucky contestants, who won on separate drawings, had the correct numbers selected but each of them missed the Powerball number.

Sobhi Elgharabawi, of Maplewood, won the Nov. 18 drawing after buying his ticket at the Robbinsdale Food Market. Jean Davis, of Waverly, won the Nov. 22 drawing after buying her ticket at the Pit Stop in Howard Lake.

Powerball tickets are $2 each and are sold in Minnesota, 43 other states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays. The jackpot grows with each drawing without a winner.

Ice anglers with wheeled fish houses need license

ST. PAUL — Ice anglers in Minnesota who have wheeled fish houses will be required to get licenses this year.

The new legislation was part of a push by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to increase fees for hunting and fishing. Cost of the license is $16.

Wheelhouses had not been licensed before because they were considered portable. The DNR changed the description of portable shelters to include only those that collapse, fold or are disassembled for transportation.

A shelter meeting the new definition of portable only needs a license when a person leaves it unattended, meaning they are farther than 200 feet from the shelter.

A three-year license is $43. Owners of houses to be rented pay $31 annually or $88 for a three-year license.

St. Cloud man in serious but stable condition after shooting

ST. CLOUD — Authorities say a St. Cloud man who was shot inside his apartment is in serious but stable condition.

Police the 50-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to his lower back after the suspect came to his apartment with three other men about 8 p.m. Saturday. The four of them left on foot.

Investigators say the victim and suspect know each other.

The investigation is ongoing.

Body found in Interstate Park was missing kayaker

TAYLORS FALLS — A body found on the Wisconsin side of Interstate Park has been identified as that of a missing kayaker from Minnesota.

Vue Her, 49, of Oakdale went missing over the summer after reportedly leaving for a kayaking trip. His family filed a missing person’s reports when he did not return home.

According to the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office, an unoccupied kayak was later spotted north of Rock Island on the St. Croix River. The sheriff’s office said deputies found the kayak pulled up on shore, with a tackle box and keys to a vehicle inside. Vue Her’s vehicle was located unoccupied at the park. His body was discovered Tuesday by two hunters walking along the St. Croix river bottoms.

The death remains under investigation.

Man killed in Cass County snowmobile crash

SWATARA — Cass County authorities say a 23-year-old man has been killed in a Minnesota snowmobile crash.

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch identified the victim in the Thursday crash as Jeremy Gindele of Swatara.

The sheriff’s office says that Gindele lost control of the snowmobile and was thrown off while riding in a field on private property.

Officials say the crash remains under investigation, and an autopsy is scheduled with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.