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MDA: Potentially Deadly Weed Growing In Minnesota

There’s a potentially deadly weed growing in Minnesota. Now, the Department of Agriculture is asking for your help in identifying and eliminating it. It’s called Grecian foxglove and there’s concern the leafy portions could be mistaken for lettuce, and it can be lethal to humans and livestock.

06/23/2014

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Authorities Search For Missing Wash. County Man

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in finding a missing 75-year-old man who has dementia. Clifford Lee was last seen Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. in the city of Grant. He was wearing blue jeans, a gray T-shirt and possibly a navy-colored sweatshirt.

05/28/2014

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Man Pleads Guilty In Woman’s Methadone OD Death

A Cottage Grove man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for a woman’s fatal methadone overdose. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said Friday that 20-year-old Adam David Wickard pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter. Wickard was immediately sentenced.

05/23/2014

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Man Charged After Missing NY Girl Found In Washington Co.

A Minnesota man faces serious charges after a missing girl from New York was discovered with him in Landfall, Minn. earlier this week, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office says on May 6 deputies responded to the Landfall residence on a report of a missing child from New York being held there. Upon arrival to the residence — located on 134 Dellwood Square S. — deputies made contact with the resident, identified as 53-year-old Michael Angelo Goerlich.

05/08/2014

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1 Killed In Lakeland House Fire

An early morning fire in Lakeland, Minn. has left one person dead. Crews were called to the 1200 block of Rivercrest Road just before 2 a.m., according to the Washington County Sheriff’s office.

05/03/2014

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Salt Shortage Hits Washington County

A salt shortage across the upper Midwest has the operations director of Washington County Public Works hoping our frigid weather is over. During a regular winter, Doug Johnson’s department budgets for 10,000 tons of salt, with an additional 2,000 tons on reserve. He’s now down to 1,400 tons, but he’s optimistic it will last.

03/11/2014

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Woman Convicted Of Stealing $150K From Vulnerable Relative

A 24-year-old woman was convicted Thursday of stealing more than $150,000 from a vulnerable family member, according to the Washington County Attorney’s office. Elaina Lorene Casello was convicted on multiple counts of felony theft and identity theft after stealing money from various bank accounts of an elderly relative. The theft occurred from Feb. 2011 till Dec. 2012, with Casello using the stolen funds to buy several items, in addition to paying her own bills.

03/07/2014

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Organ Donation Helps Stillwater Family Cope With Tragic Loss

Twenty-nine-year-old Adam McCloud died in October of 2012 after he was beaten at a Stillwater bar. Eric Richard was convicted of first-degree assault after punching McCloud at Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque. According to the criminal complaint, McCloud had spilled Richard’s drink and later refused to pay for it. After McCloud’s death, his family found that they could keep his spirit alive by helping local charities. Supper time at the Odebrecht household brings the family together. But every so often, they can’t help but think of who’s not at the dinner table.

01/29/2014

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4th Body Recovered In Winona SUV River Plunge

A team of 14 rescue workers using four boats located and recovered a missing man’s body from the Mississippi River in Winona Sunday, according to the Winona County Sheriff’s Office.

01/19/2014

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Man Sentenced To 90 Days For Trying To Behead Dog

A Twin Cities man was sentenced to 90 days in jail for trying to cut a dog’s head off with a machete last year. In December, 38-year-old George Nichols pleaded guilty to charges that alleged he attacked an 11-pound miniature pinscher, which he co-owned with his ex-fiancee.

01/16/2014

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‘Major Drug Dealer’ Sentenced To 7 Years In Prison

A 26-year-old Oakdale woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for being a “major drug dealer,” the Washington County Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

01/02/2014

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No Charges After Autopsy Says 2 Horses Shot, Killed With Handgun

The Washington County man accused of killing two horses was released from jail Friday morning. Authorities said they are still reviewing the case against William St. Sauver, Jr., adding that they are not able to charge him at this time.

11/13/2013

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Victims Still Feel Cheated As ‘Professional Manipulator’ Goes Back To Work

Despite owing his victims more than $1 million, a Twin Cities chiropractor twice convicted of fraud again has his license to practice. Fifteen years ago, Randy Miland served two years in prison for a Ponzi scheme. He later served another three years for a real estate investment scam. A judge ordered Miland to pay more than one-and-a-half million dollars in restitution. That hasn’t happened.

09/12/2013

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The Search Is On For 2 Alligators In A Scandia Lake

The Department of Natural Resources and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office believe two alligators were dumped into a Scandia lake. The DNR was contacted after someone spotted the alligator in Goose Lake last weekend.

08/29/2013

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Storm-Felled Trees Powering Downtown St. Paul

Trees felled by recent summer storms are now powering buildings in downtown St. Paul.

08/29/2013

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Body Found In Washinton Co.; Search Called Off For Missing Man

The search for a missing man has been called off after a body was discovered in Hugo, Minn. Sunday, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

07/28/2013

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Man, 76, Reported Missing In Washington County

A 75-year-old man from Hugo who authorities say suffers from mild bipolar syndrome has been reported missing in Washington County. Authorities say that Radivoje Ray Novakovic was reported missing on Sunday evening.

07/22/2013

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Homeowner Tied Up During Aggressive Break-In Robbery

A homeowner in Washington County said her life was threatened during a brutal home invasion on Monday night. Kaling Wong was alone inside her West Lakeland Township home when two men wearing utility vests rang her doorbell.

07/10/2013

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Animal Cruelty Charges For Man Accused Of Trying To Behead Dog

Felony charges for animal cruelty are rare, but charges have been filed against a Twin Cities man who police say tried to cut a dog’s head off with a machete.

06/27/2013

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Attempted Bank Robbery Turns Into Bomb Scare In Stillwater

Washington County authorities say a device that was left in a bank by a robbery suspect appears to be inactive, but they’re maintaining an evacuation of a two-block radius as a precaution.

06/08/2013

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Hennepin Co. Gets 45 Same-Sex Marriage Applications

Hennepin County has received more than three-dozen applications for same-sex marriage licenses under Minnesota’s new law allowing gay marriage. Minnesota’s largest county received 38 applications Thursday, the first day the county began accepting applications for same-sex marriages.

06/07/2013

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Gay-Friendly Marriage Licenses Make Minn. Debut

It was an emotional morning for several same-sex couples who lined up to apply for their marriage licenses at the Hennepin County Government Center. Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington counties allowed same-sex couples to apply starting Thursday morning.

06/06/2013

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Police: Wash. County Shooting Suspects Already In Custody

Police believe the two suspects accused of being involved in a Washington County shooting that took place along Highway 5 near Highway 36 are already in custody. According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, authorities found Vy Lai Yang, 37, at 9:28 a.m. on May 21 with multiple gunshots in the lower part of his body as he sat in the passenger seat of a car driven by Demi Marie Ferguson, 20. He was taken to Regions Hospital, treated and later released.

05/31/2013

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Trucker’s Impeccable Timing Saves A Man’s Life

Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Truck driver Scott Rosenberg was headed to a job on Manning Trail North in Stillwater when he spotted a vehicle upside down in a pond.

05/21/2013

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Deputies Pull Body From St. Croix In Washington Co.

Washington County sheriff’s deputies found a body in the St. Croix River Tuesday that appeared, authorities said, to have been on the water for a long time.

05/14/2013

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