Authorities ID 2 killed in crash in northwest Minnesota
CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two people killed when their SUV collided with a semi-truck in northwestern Minnesota.
2 people killed in Polk County crash
CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say two people were killed when their SUV collided with a semi in Polk County.
The sheriff's office says the crash happened shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday...
Minnesota archbishop opens investigation into fellow bishop
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Roman Catholic archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis said Wednesday that he has opened an investigation — the first known of its kind under a new Vatican protocol — into...
CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) — The Diocese of Crookston has reached a $5 million settlement with 15 people who were children when they were sexually abused by priests.
CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say they've recovered the body of a girl from a car submerged in the Red Lake River in Crookston.
The car was spotted floating in the river Wednesday...
Legionnaires’ disease cases investigated in NW Minnesota
CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) — The state Department of Health is investigating four recent cases of Legionnaires' disease in northwestern Minnesota.
The department said Friday the four people became ill between Jan. 22 and Jan. 27 after visiting the Crookston Inn and Convention Center. The four did not stay overnight but had visited the hotel.
Investigators are working with the hotel to determine the source of the bacteria. But evidence suggests the source is the hotel's spa.
Blaine 5, Brainerd/Pillager 2
Breck 8, Minnehaha United 4
Breckenridge-Wahpeton Blades 3, Kittson County Central 1
Albert Lea 4, Mankato East/Loyola 3, OT
Alexandria 7, Fergus Falls 2
Andover 3, Elk River/Zimmerman 2
Benilde-St. Margaret's 4, AC Wings 0
Buffalo 5, Chaska 4
C-E-C Lumberjacks 10, Hibbing/Chisholm 0
Cambridge-Isanti 15, WSFLG Blizzard, Wis. 3
Crookston Pirates 5, Park Rapids Area 3
Delano/Rockford 7, Waconia 1
Duluth East 3, Centennial 2
Eagan 6, Lakeville North 0
East Grand Forks 6, Bemidji 2
East Ridge 4, Chanhassen 2
Farmington 4, Eastview 2
Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 8, Eveleth-Gilbert Area 0
Judge allows 2 new experts to testify for Rodriguez
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge says two new expert witnesses will be allowed to testify on behalf of a man sentenced to death for killing a University of North Dakota student more than a decade ago.
Over objections from prosecutors, U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson ruled that the experts will be allowed to testify during an upcoming evidentiary hearing for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr.
Convicted killer who vanished while on probation is arrested
CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in Minnesota say they've have caught up with a convicted killer who disappeared while on supervised release.
Forty-year-old Joshua Hendrickson and another man were arrested in Crookston Tuesday night. KFGO reports police say the arrests followed an unrelated drug investigation on the city's south side.
No one hurt in coal train derailment in northwest Minnesota
FISHER, Minn. (AP) — No one was hurt in a coal train derailment in northwestern Minnesota.
KFGO radio reports that 13 cars of a BNSF Railway train went off the tracks west of Crookston about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. The train had 121 loads of coal and four locomotives.
Company spokeswoman Amy McBeth says trains are being rerouted as work continues to clear the cars and repair the tracks.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Students who can't get into University of Minnesota's selective Twin Cities flagship campus will be steered to the four other satellites as the system looks to grow by 3,000 over the next six years, according to university officials.
Regents to consider UMinn tuition rate
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota has proposed a tuition freeze at three of its five campuses, including Crookston, Duluth and Rochester.
University system regents are expected to vote Friday on the plan that also raises in-state tuition by 1 to 2 percent at the Morris and Twin Cities campuses. In approved, it would raise tuition to about $13,000 a year.
LENGBY, Minn. (AP) — A school bus crash in northwestern Minnesota resulted in no serious injuries.
Grand Rapids Public Schools says 22 students and one staff member were traveling to the Great Plains Youth Institute in Crookston on Monday when their bus was involved in a crash. Eleven students and the driver were taken to hospitals in Bagley and Fosston with minor injuries such as cuts and abrasions.
House fire in Crookston leaves 1 person dead
CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in Minnesota say one person is dead after a house fire in Crookston.
Crookston police say firefighters found the body after extinguishing the fire reported at 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Authorities say they are working to confirm the identity of the victim and will not release the person's name until they've notified relatives.
The University of North Dakota Medical Examiner's Office is conducting the autopsy.
Balanced attack powers WSC women’s basketball past Minnesota Crookston
Wayne State needed a 19-3 scoring surge late third quarter into the fourth to break opener a close game as the Wildcats held back Minnesota Crookston 72-59 in the first round of the NSIC Sanford Health Women’s Basketball Tourament played at Rice Auditorium in Wayne Wednesday evening. WSC is now 25-6 on the season with the win while the Golden Eagles end the year at 8-19.
Ada-Borup 65, Crookston 58
Adrian 72, Heron Lake-Okabena 54
Badger-Greenbush-Middle River 58, Warren-Alvarado-Oslo 29
Career-high 26 points from Joseph leads WSC men’s basketball in win
Junior guard Trevin Joseph poured in a season-high 26 points, going 8 of 12 from the field and 9 for 10 at the charity stripe, to lead the Wayne State College men’s basketball team to an 85-74 Northern Sun Conference road victory at Minnesota Crookston Saturday evening in Crookston, Minnesota. The ‘Cats are now 13-13 and 8-10 in the NSIC while the host Golden Eagles drop to 9-15 and 6-12 in league play.
20th win for WSC women’s basketball not easy at Minnesota Crookston
Wayne State College needed a season-high 16 points from senior guard Kacie O’Connor to fend off Minnesota Crookston 67-60 in a Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball game played Saturday evening at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston, Minnesota. It was the 20th win of the season for the Wildcats, now 20-6 overall and 14-4 in the NSIC, while UMC falls to 6-16 and 6-12 in league games. WSC has now won at least 20 games in seven of the 10 seasons with Chris Kielsmeier as head coach and it’s the 13th time in school history the Wildcats have won 20 games in a season.
Albert Lea 2, Red Wing 2, OT (tie)
Benilde-St. Margaret's 7, Chanhassen 6
Blake 11, Providence/West Lutheran/Heritage Christian 1
Bloomington Jefferson 7, Bloomington Kennedy 3
Breck 5, Minnehaha United 0
Chaska 6, St. Louis Park 5
Crookston Pirates 2, East Grand Forks 1
Detroit Lakes/Perham 11, Red Lake County Central/Red Lake Falls 0
NSIC honors USF's Hummel
SIOUX FALLS -- Sioux Falls sophomore guard Kaely Hummel is the Northern Sun Conference South Division Player of the Week.
A 5-foot-8 guard from Cherokee, Iowa, Hummel recorded or tied three career-high totals while leading the Cougars to a pair of home victories this past weekend. In wins over Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston, Hummel averaged 21.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
Two dead in separate crashes in northwestern Minnesota
Two people have died in separate traffic crashes in northwestern Minnesota, authorities said.
A 31-year-old East Grand Forks man was killed Tuesday night in a two-vehicle collision in Polk County. The victim, whose name has not been released, was driving east on Hwy. 2 near County Road 44 in Kertsonville Township when he rear-ended a truck, the Minnesota State Patrol said.
Both vehicles caught fire after the crash, which was reported at 7:15 p.m., the patrol said.
Minnesota priest accused of misconduct returns to public ministry; attorney calls move ‘reckless’
A Roman Catholic priest on leave from two northwestern Minnesota parishes for 20 months amid an allegation of sexual misconduct with a 15-year-old boy has returned to public ministry in time to celebrate Christmas.
In a statement posted on the Diocese of Crookston website Saturday, Bishop Michael Hoeppner said its clergy abuse review panel scrutinized a deposition given by the accuser in a lawsuit and deemed the allegations not credible.
Albany 57, Spectrum 43
Alexandria 73, Rocori 65
Anoka 59, Zimmerman 38
Bagley 89, Clearbrook-Gonvick 35
Battle Lake 65, Underwood 54
BOLD 88, New Ulm Cathedral 60
Brainerd 94, Fergus Falls 57
Cass Lake-Bena 96, Pine River-Backus 64
Chaska 62, Lakeville North 55
Christ's Household of Faith 88, Maranatha Christian 83
Prosecution halted of ‘delusional’ NW. Minn. man who hit small plane with gunfire
A judge has ruled that a man whose gunfire struck a small airplane flying over northwestern Minnesota is severely delusional and unable to stand trial.
Chad L. Olson, who turns 52 on Thursday, has been ordered by Polk County District Judge Jeffrey Remick to be housed and receive treatment at the state-licensed Northwest Regional Corrections Center in Crookston.
SunOpta to close Wahpeton roasting facility next year
WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) — Natural food snacks maker SunOpta Inc. says it will close its roasting facility in Wahpeton next year, putting about 35 employees out of work.
The Wahpeton Daily News reports the Canadian company notified employees on Tuesday.
Woman gets nearly 6 years for role in ND truck stop killing
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A Crookston, Minnesota, woman will serve nearly six years in prison for trying to cover up a killing at a North Dakota truck stop.
U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson also on Monday ordered 33-year-old Lorie Ortiz placed on three years of supervised release after she serves her prison time.
Next hearing delayed in Rodriguez’s death penalty appeal
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The next hearing in the case of a Minnesota man sentenced to death for killing a University of North Dakota student in 2003 has been delayed six months.
Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. of Crookston, Minnesota, is appealing his conviction and sentence for kidnapping and killing Dru Sjodin, of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota. Rodriquez filed what is considered his final appeal in 2011.
Charges: Gunman hits small plane with gunfire in NW Minnesota
A 51-year-old northwestern Minnesota man who has long simmered about aircraft flying over his property pierced a small airplane with gunfire, and the shooter explained that he was on an anti-terrorism mission, according to charges.
Ex-deacon candidate settles coercion lawsuit against bishop
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man who had wanted to become a Catholic deacon has settled his coercion claims against his bishop in exchange for an undisclosed sum of money and the release of a letter he alleged he was forced to sign.
Late first half scoring surge gives WSC 33-14 win at Minnesota Crookston
Wayne State scored three touchdowns in a span of 2:25 at the end of the first half to erase a sluggish first half as the Wildcats posted a 33-14 Northern Sun Conference football victory Thursday evening at Minnesota Crookston. WSC improves to 2-1 on the year while UMC drops to 0-3.
It was a sluggish first half for both teams until Wayne State scored three touchdowns in a span of 2:25 to end the first half for a 19-7 lead at intermission.