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A 43-year-old Wadena man was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl when she was 7 or 8 years old. Shane Anthony Spicer, 43, was convicted Wednesday on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct after the jury deliberated for about six hours, according to the St. Louis County Attorney's Office. The maximum sentence for first-degree criminal sexual conduct is 12 years in prison.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said his third-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a "significant knee injury" during a non-contact drill during Tuesday's practice and said it's possible Bridgewater could be lost for the season. "Possible, yeah," Zimmer said during an afternoon news conference to discuss the injury. The third-year quarterback didn't appear to be touched when he went down in the pocket and grabbed his left knee.
A Polk County Sheriff's deputy suffered injuries from breaking glass when a man fired at a helicopter the deputy was riding in Monday morning. Charges are pending against Carstie Lee Clausen of Clearbrook, who reportedly shot twice at the helicopter with a high-powered rifle in the far northwest Minnesota county.. The deputy was not identified in a news release from the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office, but the release did noted the officer was treated and released from Essentia Hospital in nearby Fosston, Minn.
The Minnesota Department of Education recently released scores for the 2016 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs). The statewide proficiency data shows reading scores increased slightly when looking at all grades. Math scores declined slightly, while science scores increased. The results over time show that while scores have slowly increased, achievement gaps between white students and students of color persist.
An 18-year-old Park Rapids woman sustained serious injuries following a collision Friday at the intersection of State Highway 87 and County Road 11 southeast of Park Rapids. According to the State Patrol report, Riley M. Kimball was driving a 2000 Corolla southbound on County Road 11 when she turned east onto State Highway 87 and collided with a pickup pulling a camper traveling westbound on Highway 87.
A Park Rapids man was charged Monday in Hubbard County District Court in connection to a fatal car crash July 23. Dakota Patrick Walsh, 22, of Park Rapids was arrested Friday, July 29 and charged with felony criminal vehicular homicide for his involvement in a car crash where 19-year-old Avery Mikel died. The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office said the arrest comes following an ongoing investigation since the July 23 crash.
BRAINERD, Minn.—A famed Minnesota attraction—known in folklore for its strength—toppled over during an overnight severe storm early Thursday morning in the region. Babe the Blue Ox, at Paul Bunyan Land in Brainerd, was put back on his feet later Thursday morning, the destination's Facebook page showed.
In this week's Northland Outdoors TV episode, host Bret Amundson and the crew visited Saskatchewan's great Tazin Lake to catch a world record lake trout. At this famed trout factory, they caught numerous fish that broke personal bests. They broke rods. They had giants get off the hook near the boat. ... And then, during the final minutes of the trip, they boated a monster. Watch it all unfold on this weekend's episode of Northland Outdoors TV.
The 12-year-old girl who fell off an inner tube and was hit by a passing boat on Clitherall Lake Sunday, July 17, has been identified by the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office. Faith Hodge, of Fargo was being pulled on the tube by a boat around 1:30 p.m. Sunday when she fell off and was struck by a boat driven by David Thorson, 62, of Fargo. Hodge was taken to Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls to be treated for her injuries. Her condition Wednesday, July 20, was not available.
Veteran outdoors media executive Erik Speer has been hired to be the general manager and publisher for Northland Outdoors, according to Forum Communications Co., which owns the brand and is headquartered in Fargo. Speer started on the job last week and comes to Northland Outdoors with more than 20 years of experience, most recently as production director for Outdoor Sportsman Group. There he was responsible for helping expand from two shows to what is now 15 television programs, including "In-Fisherman," "Bowhunter," "North American Whitetail" and "Guns & Ammo."