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News Briefs: Men that died in car crash with cow identified

The following is a collection of news briefs from Forum Communication Company newspapers in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.


Men that died in car accident with cow identified

MANDAREE, N.D. -- Two men that died Friday night after their car hit a cow have been identified, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Kaleb Newel Steed of Mountain Home, Idaho, was driving eastbound on BIA 12, approximately 12 miles east of Mandaree. He was driving from Elmer’s Point to Skunk Bay when he struck a black cow with his 1993 Honda Civic. The vehicle overturned multiple times and came to rest on the wheels, according to the release.

Steed, 27, was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Highway Patrol. Jake Alexander Holm, 19, of St. George, Utah, was wearing his seatbelt. He was also pronounced dead at the scene.

Man who neglected horses violates probation

BISMARCK -- The Fargo man whose responsibility for the deaths of more than 100 horses helped inspire North Dakota legislators to strengthen state animal cruelty laws was back in court on Monday for violating his probation conditions by allegedly purchasing a horse.

William Kiefer, 64, appeared Monday at Morton County Court on a bench warrant, after Assistant State’s Attorney Gabrielle Goter successfully submitted a petition to revoke Kiefer’s probation on Aug. 6.

According to the petition, on July 29, Kiefer purchased a horse from a Wyoming woman for $2,000. He also failed to follow through with obtaining court-ordered mental health services, the petition read.

Kiefer previously had pleaded guilty to five counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and four counts of overworking, mistreating or abandoning animals charges, after Morton and Burleigh county officials found 99 dead horses and mules and seized 150 more from Kiefer’s properties in New Salem and east of Bismarck. Several of the seized animals later died.

Kiefer’s two-year probation, which began in January, included a restriction against buying livestock.


Man gets 1-year sentence for sex with teen

HASTINGS, Minn. -- A 19-year-old Northfield man will spend a year in jail and another 15 years on probation in connection with two incidents of criminal sexual conduct. One of the incidents involved a 15-year-old Rosemount girl.

Michael Lyle Stuckey Jr. pleaded guilty in Dakota County Court on Monday to two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Judge Jerome Abrams sentenced him to 361 days in jail and a $50 fine in addition to probation. Stuckey also has to comply with sex offender treatment and register as a predatory offender. If he does not remain law abiding he could serve 48 months in prison.

Rosemount police were alerted to the incident with the Rosemount girl in August 2013. The girl told police she connected with Stuckey on Facebook and he had come to her house. They started kissing, and the girl said she tried to push Stuckey away. She said he became more aggressive then and started taking her clothes off and having sex with her. She said she pushed Stuckey off with her foot and said no multiple times.

The other incident involved a 13-year-old girl.

Officer shoots, injures man

DULUTH -- Police say a 34-year-old man is in critical condition after he was shot by an officer early Monday morning when he brandished a knife and barricaded himself in a room in a Duluth home.

Officers were called to a report of a domestic disturbance, arriving about 4 a.m., Duluth police said. A woman at the home said her husband had cut himself. The man locked himself in a room and refused to come out. Officers forced the door open, but the man refused to drop the knife he was holding and one officer fired his weapon, police said.

The man was transported to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, and was listed in critical but stable condition.

The injured man was not immediately identified by authorities, but neighbors said the house belonged to Joseph and Amy Zontelli. Joseph Zontelli is 34-years-old, according to public records.


Girls rescued after kayaks capsize

SUPERIOR, Wis. -- Two 12-year-old girls were plucked from a lake Saturday afternoon after their kayaks overturned.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Olson happened upon the girls as he was patrolling the Minong Flowage by personal watercraft about 2 p.m., a sheriff’s office news release said.

At the scene, Olson found the girls exhausted and struggling to get back into the kayaks, which were completely filled with water. The girls, both of Bruce, Wis., were not wearing lifejackets, according to the sheriff.

Olson brought the two girls ashore.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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