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News Briefs: Kindergartner brings gun to Benson school

The following is a collection of news briefs from Forum Communication Company newspapers in Minnesota.


Kindergartner brings gun to school, all students safe

BENSON, Minn. — A kindergarten student brought a gun to a Benson elementary school Tuesday morning.

In a news release, Swift County Sheriff John Holtz said the sheriff’s office, Benson Police and Northside Elementary officials were notified of the situation just after 8 a.m. Other students immediately told a teacher about the gun. The firearm was immediately seized by staff and all students are safe and are continuing with their school day.

There was no intent by the child to cause harm and everyone is safe, Holtz noted.

Benson is a town of about 3,250 people in Swift County in west-central Minnesota.

Neighborhood feud turned deadly, police say

NEW BRIGHTON, Minn. -- A New Brighton man allegedly shot two of his neighbors — killing one of them — as an ongoing dispute about feeding deer turned deadly Monday evening, authorities said.

Neal Zumberge, 57, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder in the shooting, which broke out about 8:30 p.m. on the 2500 block of Knollwood Drive, police said.

Police were called about 8:30 p.m. on a report that two people had been shot by a neighbor. Upon arrival, officers found a man fatally shot and a woman injured by gunfire.

New Brighton Police Chief Bob Jacobson said victims are a couple in their 40s who lived across the street from Zumberge.

The man, identified by neighbors as Todd Stevens, died at the scene.

The woman was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center where she was being treated for injuries that weren't life-threatening.

Jacobson said there was a history of feuding between the neighbors in the northern Twin Cities suburb. The victims fed deer in their yard, and Zumberge reportedly didn't like it, the police chief said.

(STP) Credit as St. Paul Pioneer Press UPDATED WITH IDS

Man who assaulted officers skips court date

WILLMAR, Minn. — An arrest warrant was issued Monday for a 23-year-old Kandiyohi man who failed to appear for sentencing on two felony charges related to assaulting three Willmar police officers in December.

Cody Lee Friese was to be sentenced Monday morning by District Judge Donald Spilseth in Kandiyohi County District Court. Friese had pleaded guilty in March to the charges of fourth-degree assault of a police officer.

Friese was charged for assaulting Sgt. Mike Markkanen, Officer Sam Neubauer and Officer Tony LaPatka at a Willmar residence. Markkanen suffered a concussion

On Dec. 19, police were advised by the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office that there was an arrest warrant for Friese for violating a no-contact order. Neubauer went to a relative’s home and found Friese, who fought with the officers and hit Markkanen in the back and the head, the complaint states. The officers called for assistance and Friese was finally restrained after the other officers arrived. The complaint says that LaPatka was head-butted by Friese when Friese lunged at him after he had been handcuffed.

Mayo Clinic hits road with mobile exhibit

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- The Mayo Clinic has taken to the road this summer with a mobile display to celebrate the clinic’s 150th anniversary.

The nearly 1,000 square foot exhibit is housed in a 53-foot-long semi-trailer and will include three main sections that focus on the past, present and future of the Mayo Clinic. Features include an opportunity to take a photo with a 1915 photo of the Mayo Brothers, a display on the Mayo’s involvement in treating wounded soldiers and several other multi-media displays.

The tour began in April and will continue through October, making stops in more than 40 communities in the United States and Canada. The exhibit arrived in Rochester on Tuesday and will stay through Saturday. Upcoming Minnesota stops include Bloomington on Sunday and Mankato on Monday. There are North Dakota stops planned in Minot on July 23, Bismarck on July 25 and Grand Forks on July 28.

Each stop is free to the public. For specific locations and more information, go to