Bob and Corrine Johnson got married as teens in southern Minnesota’s farm country and lived together for 68 years. They were to be laid to rest Tuesday — after dying 33 hours apart, KARE-TV reported. They lived in their farm home near St. Peter until six months ago. After Bob was hospitalized with cancer, Corrine joined him there with congestive heart failure. He was 88. She was 87. Days before she died on Nov. 24, Corinne kissed her husband and whispered, “I love you.” “When mom passed, they pulled the curtain between the two beds, he just stared at the curtain,” said [...]
A suspect in the slaying of a Minnesota man whose remains were found in West Virginia has confessed in a letter to court officials and documents show he married his daughter after the killing. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports 55-year-old Larry Paul McClure Sr. said in a Nov. 4 letter that he participated in the killing of 38-year-old John Thomas McGuire of Owatonna, Minnesota, who was his daughter’s boyfriend. The letter goes into detail about how McGuire was hit in the head, injected with methamphetamine and strangled. McClure and his daughters, 31-year-old Amanda Michelle Naylor McClure and 32-year-old Anna Marie Choudhry, [...]
More than half of Minnesota's lakes, rivers and streams don't meet state pollution standards. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has added 581 waterways to its list of impaired waters in its biennial report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released Wednesday. The 3,416 waterways represent 56% of the state's waters. They have a range of problems, including excess mercury, bacteria, phosphorus, nitrate and other pollutants, as well as struggling fish and insect populations. The impaired waters include a lower stretch of the St. Croix River, considered one of the Upper Midwest's most pristine waterways. About one-third of the waterways are impaired [...]
Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she and other top female presidential candidates wouldn't be on the debate stage if they had the same experience as Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj). The Minnesota Democrat said Sunday on CNN that she believes the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is qualified but that she's the better candidate. Klobuchar says, "I'm the one from the Midwest that has actually won in a statewide race over and over again." She says of the female candidates: "Maybe we're held to a different standard." Buttigieg has been one of the surprises of the Democratic primary, rising from an unknown [...]
Authorities say a 30-year-old Minnesota man was arrested after Nebraska state troopers found hundreds of packages of THC products in his car. Custer County Court records say Anthony Kolbe, of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, is charged with possession of a controlled substance for sale and with related drug crimes. The records don't list the name of an attorney who could comment for him. The Nebraska State Patrol said in a news release Friday that Kolbe was pulled over Wednesday evening for speeding about 10 miles (16.1 kilometers) west of Sargent. The patrol says a patrol dog alerted the trooper to the presence [...]
AITKIN, Minn. (AP) — An Aitkin County man is charged with murder after authorities say they found a missing woman's body buried in a crawl space under the home where he lived. The family of 35-year-old Michelle Mae, of Outing, reported her missing Oct. 3. Sheriff's officials say her Jeep was found near the defendant's residence a day later. WDIO-TV reports a criminal complaint says Mae met 34-year-old Joshua Karjala online. The complaint lists evidence of clothing, bedding and electronics that were found in a fireplace, crawl space and in the basement of the residence. The complaint alleges that Karjala told a [...]
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) - A 16-year-old student at Bloomington Jefferson High School is charged with second-degree assault for stabbing another student multiple times. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says a juvenile petition alleges the girl stabbed another female student six times during a fight at the suburban Minneapolis school on Tuesday. The school resource police officer responded to the fight that broke out in the school's main entrance. The victim was taken to a hospital.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Tim Walz heads to Fergus Falls for the 17th annual Governor's Deer Hunting Opener. Walz will speak at the Big Buck Brunch on Friday to kick off the event. He will meet later with local fourth and fifth graders to talk about the importance of outdoor education. The governor will head into the woods on Saturday morning for the opening of Minnesota's firearms deer season.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) - A YouTube stunt that involved jumping a personal watercraft over a Minnesota road has amassed hundreds of thousands of views and a couple of citations. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has issued two citations to the rider. Jake Sherbrooke was cited for careless operation of a personal watercraft and for not wearing a life jacket. The stunt was recorded last month at a gravel road near Rollag in western Minnesota. The video has received more than 400,000 views on YouTube.
A new study finds U.S. Bank Stadium and three high-rise buildings account for a high proportion of bird fatalities among 21 buildings surveyed in downtown Minneapolis. The Star Tribune reports the study in PLOS One found the stadium and three unidentified towers were involved in 74% of collisions and 68% of fatalities among the buildings studied. Data from two migratory seasons indicate around 111 birds died annually in collisions with the stadium. The Minnesota Vikings and the stadium authority paid for the study, which was promoted by conservationists' concerns about birds following the Mississippi River corridor colliding with the stadium's glass [...]