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ST. PAUL -- Drunken driving arrests were up 28 percent over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Minnesota compared to last year. Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol said there 424 arrests from 6 p.m. Friday through 4 a.m. Monday, compared to 331 last year. Of the arrests, 370 were made by the State Patrol, almost double over last year. Grabow said the average on a weekend in Minnesota is 285.
MINNEAPOLIS—The University of Minnesota women's basketball team is headed back to the Big Dance for the first time in three years. The Golden Gophers were awarded the No. 10 seed in the 2018 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament and will face No. 7 seed Green Bay in Eugene, Ore., on Friday, March 16, in the Spokane region.. The game is set for 4 p.m. CT and will be televised on ESPN2.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Authorities have arrested a 37-year-old Minneapolis man in Florida in connection with the shooting death of another man in Minneapolis. Antwan Darnell Cosey is in custody on suspicion of second-degree murder, according to the Minneapolis Police Department, which gave the following details of the crime and subsequent arrest:
WASHINGTON – U.S. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., has announced that Minnesota farm native Katie Zenk has joined the committee minority staff. “Katie will bring impressive policy knowledge to the committee and will play an important role in developing policy for a new farm bill,” Peterson, who represents most of western Minnesota, said.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Alternative rock pioneers The Smashing Pumpkins are coming to South Dakota and Minnesota in August. It’s been more than 20 years since the group has been on tour.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—Minnesota's most notorious drunken driver— arrested for DWI 28 times—is again in a state prison. New York Mills construction worker Danny Lee Bettcher, 65, was sent to the St. Cloud state prison for 4 1/2 years for his latest felony conviction for refusing to submit to a DWI test last week in Fergus Falls district court. The DWI charge was dismissed.
An adult male was declared deceased at Bill's Gun Shop & Range at roughly 2 p.m. Wednesday, the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officers and first responders converged on the indoor shooting range, situated on Excelsior Road near the intersection of Highway 371, upon reports of a gunshot wound on the premises.
COLD SPRING, Minn. -- Two Utah residents have died and another is in critical condition in a two-vehicle crash on Wednesday, Feb. 14, near Cold Spring in Stearns County in east-central Minnesota. Killed in the crash were Cody Randall and JD Randall of Washington City, Utah. Trapped in the vehicle, extricated and later airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in the Twin Cities was Katie Seegmiller, also of Washington City. She was listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—A Minneapolis man who stole mail from affluent neighborhoods in the city and then created fraudulent checks that an accomplice would cash at convenience stores and casinos throughout Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa has been sent to prison for more than five years. Jason Maurice Fagin, 38, was sentenced Thursday, Feb. 8, in federal court in Sioux Falls by U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier for his convictions on conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Besides the prison time, he also was ordered to pay restitution.
STURGIS, S.D.—While motorcycle riding season appears far away with the popular Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, organizers have announced a major new event—a burger cooking battle with more than $10,000 in cash and prizes. Entries are now being accepted for the August competition that will be part of the 78th annual rally this year running from Aug. 3 to Aug. 12 in the Black Hills of western South Dakota. The winner will move on to the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Ala., where the top prize is $100,000, according to rally director Jerry Cole.