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Amiot Pleads Guilty to Synagogue Fire

By: News Intern Katherine Jones DULUTH- The homeless man accused of starting the fire that destroyed the Adas Israel Synagogue in Duluth is pleading guilty.  Thirty-six-year-old Matthew Amiot admitted to igniting combustible materials outside the synagogue on September 9th. The 118-year-old building was a total loss and the value of religious artifacts lost in the…

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Federal Indictments For Native Mob Gang Members

By: News Intern Katherine Jones RED LAKE- United States Attorney Erica MacDonald announced a federal indictment charging Robin Lee Lussier, Willard Reed III, and Joshua Adams Hanks with distribution of methamphetamine and assault resulting in serious bodily injury in aid of racketeering activity. As alleged in the indictment, from December 1, 2015 through January 1,…

Wally’s Auto Service Burns Down

By: News Intern Katherine Jones ORR- A family-owned business in northern Minnesota burned down on Sunday morning.  According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s office, Wally’s Auto Service in Orr was fully engulfed in flames when multiple fire arrived at the scene around 5:30 AM.  “The auto dealer and repair business was deemed a total…

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Bagley Woman Receives Prison Sentence

By: News Intern Katherine Jones  RED LAKE FALLS-A Bagley woman will spend 18 years in prison for murdering a 2-month-old girl last summer. Sarah Leah Kortan, was sentenced Monday, for the death of her infant cousin. She was caring for Josephine Taylor Kortan while the baby’s mother was in prison. On June 20, 2018, Kortan…

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Motorcycle Accident in Cass County

By: News Intern Katherine Jones HACKENSACK- There was a motorcycle accident on Sunday night in Cass County.  A motorcycle, driven by Timothy Johnson, was traveling west on County Road 5 at the intersection of 27th Ave, east of Hackensack, when it struck a deer. The rider and motorcycle came to rest in the south ditch….

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Hubbard County Crash

By: News Intern Katherine Jones HUBBARD COUNTY- There was motor vehicle crash on Saturday in Hubbard County. A Buick SUV, driven by James Cogsdell, was eastbound on Highway 34 when he went into the right ditch and rolled the SUV.  Cogsdell was not wearing his seatbelt and sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at the…

Red Lake Declares State of Emergency

By: News Intern Katherine Jones RED LAKE- The Municipality of Red Lake has declared a state of emergency as it recovers from a major storm that caused heavy damage in the community on Friday. The entire community was still without power as of Saturday afternoon, and the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre’s roof was sheared…

Human Remains Identified in Cass Lake

By: News Intern Katherine Jones CASS LAKE- The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the human remains that were found in a rural area in Cass Lake earlier this month. According to the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department, the remains belong to 21-year-old Andrew Edwin Matsen of Bemidji. Matsen was reported to be on…

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Bank Robber in Orr Found Guilty

By: New Intern Katherine Jones ORR- A St. Louis County jury found a northeast Minnesota man guilty of robbing a bank in Orr.   Fifty-eight-year-old William Lindeman was convicted of robbing the American Bank in March of 2018 and pepper spraying two bank employees.   Deputies say Lindeman fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash…

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