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Woman, 69, dies in St. Paul house fire ST. PAUL—A 69-year-old woman who was a mother and grandmother died early Thursday after a fire in her home on St. Paul's East Side, according to the fire department. A neighbor was alerted to the blaze by his barking dog about 1:45 a.m., said Assistant Fire Chief Mike Gaede. He called 911. Responding firefighters saw "a significant amount of fire coming out of the windows on two sides of the house," according to a statement from the St. Paul fire department.
Neal Ronquist is the new publisher for RiverTown Multimedia. Ronquist continues as publisher of the Duluth News Tribune group as well. His expanded role began last week.
Dayton announces he is cancer-free, encourages screenings ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton had a bit of good health news to share and he used the opportunity to encourage his fellow Minnesotans to look after themselves. Dayton announced that he is currently cancer free during a news conference Monday, Dec. 4. As he made the announcement, he proclaimed this to be Cancer Screen Week and encouraged others to be screened for early signs of cancer.
Minnesota Department of Health used a petitioning process to solicit public input on potential qualifying conditions. The process included public comments, a citizens' review panel and a set of research summaries for each condition prepared by MDH staff.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Art Department's annual Art Scholarship Sale is Nov. 30-Dec. 13 in Gallery 101 in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. The sale is open to the public. Choose from a selection of studio arts including glass, ceramics, painting, fibers, printmaking, photography and mixed media. An investment in quality artwork for you or as a gift provides valuable contributions toward the continued education of art students at UWRF.
Theft A Newport man reported his 1998 Chevy van stolen from the 1300 block of Hastings Avenue Nov. 7. There are no suspects. An unknown male reportedly stole donations set on the curb for the Epilepsy Foundation in the 1900 block of Barry Avenue Nov. 7. When the Epilepsy Foundation driver arrived, there were no donations left behind for pick up. Seven vehicles in the 1600 block of 10th Avenue and the 1400 block of 11th Avenue were entered Nov. 10 by an unknown person. Nothing was reported missing and the vehicles were not damaged. There are no suspects.
Minnesota deer harvest increases 16 percent over last year ST. PAUL—Minnesota firearms hunters registered 161,057 deer through the third weekend of deer season, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Preliminary results through the third weekend show that the number of deer registered was up 16 percent from 2016. Of the deer harvested, 53 percent were bucks, compared to 63 percent during the same period in 2016.
Former northern Minnesota cult leader has sentence reduced ST. PAUL—A former Pine County cult leader who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two girls at his camp near Finlayson in northeast Minnesota will see a six-year reduction in his sentence. The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday cited a technicality in reducing 56-year-old Victor Barnard's prison term from 30 to 24 years.
3 Florida men convicted of credit card skimming in Minnesota MINNEAPOLIS — Three Florida men have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a gas pump credit card skimming operation. Roilan Garriga, 20, Wilbur Perez-Soca, 24, and Asleys Acosta, 28, each pleaded guilty to five counts each of felony identity theft in Hennepin County District Court, according to a release from the Minnesota Department of Commerce. They will be sentenced on January 8, 2018.
Three East Ridge students finalized their college commitments during a National Letter of Intent signing ceremony last week.