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>>Stauber Announces Re-Election Bid

(Duluth, MN)    Minnesota Congressman Pete Stauber is running for re-election.  The Eighth District Republican made his announcement on social media yesterday.  He’s represented the northeastern Minnesota district since winning election in 2018.  Former state representative Jen Schultz has already announced her plans for a rematch with Stauber this fall.  Stauber beat Schultz in the 2022 election, getting 57-percent of the vote.

(Clay County) Clay County officials say clients of county social service programs in 18 Minnesota counties may have had sensitive information stolen, including Social Security numbers.

Clay County said it determined in October that data was taken in a ransomware attack on a Clay County electronic document management system it hosts for many other Minnesota counties. An investigation found clients’ Social Security numbers, addresses, birth dates, service information and insurance information may have been affected.

Anyone concerned that they might be affected can call (800) 459-5922 and give the reference number B114604 for more information. Becker, Kittson, Polk, Mahnomen, Red Lake County, and Roseau are among the affected counties.

Clay County urged anyone potentially affected to review account statements, credit reports and health insurance documents for suspicious activity and report it to authorities.

>>Police Still Trying To Find Motive For Deadly Cloquet Shooting

(Cloquet, MN)    Investigators are still trying to determine what led to a deadly shooting in Cloquet earlier this month.  Police gave an update yesterday on their investigation into the January 8th shooting at a Super 8 motel.  Thirty-two-year-old Nicholas Lenius of Ramsey died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after reportedly shooting and killing a motel employee and a man sitting in a vehicle outside the motel.  Investigators have so far found no connection between the shooter and the two people he killed.  Police say they are focusing on evidence found at the scene and are awaiting the final autopsy report for the suspect.

>>Law Enforcement Investigating After Finding Teenager Tied Up Along Road

(Bygland Township, MN)    Law enforcement is investigating after finding a teen girl tied up near a road, in which she says she was abducted.  The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says they located the 17-year-old girl  in Bygland Township near East Grand Forks on Monday afternoon.  Deputies are investigating to see if there is a threat to the public.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

>>Trooper Charged In Deadly Shooting Of Black Driver Has First Court Appearance

(Minneapolis, MN)    A Minnesota state trooper accused of gunning down a Black motorist in north Minneapolis will return to court this spring.  Ryan Londregan appeared in his first court appearance yesterday after he was charged last week with unintentional murder, assault and manslaughter.  Prosecutors say the defendant, who remains out of custody, shot and killed Ricky Cobb the Second on July 31.  Londregan has not yet been booked into jail and that is expected to take place next week.  His next court hearing is set for April 29.

>>No Prison Time For Wizard of OZ Slipper Thief

(Grand Rapids, MN)    The man who stole Dorothy’s ruby slippers from a Grand Rapids museum won’t spend any time behind bars.  Seventy-six-year-old Terry Jon Martin pleaded guilty in back October, admitting that he used a sledgehammer to steal the shoes worn by actress Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz.”   Martin said he got rid of the slippers after realizing they weren’t made of real rubies.  He suffers from chronic COPD and is in hospice care with less than six months left to live.  Martin was sentenced to time served today, and ordered to pay restitution to the museum.

>>Gunflint Mail Run Canceled

(Cook County, MN)    The warm winter weather has led to the cancellation of a sled dog race in northern Minnesota.  Organizers of the Gunflint Mail Run announced yesterday that they’ve canceled this year’s race due to a lack of snow.  The race in Cook County was originally scheduled for earlier this month, but was postponed to February 10th in hopes that colder temperatures and deeper snow would materialize.  Organizers said it was unsafe for mushers and dogs to race in the current conditions and that the event would return next year.



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