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Armed robbery attempt reported at University of Minnesota Twin Cities

MINNEAPOLIS -- University of Minnesota officials asked students and others on the western part of its Twin Cities campus to take shelter for nearly an hour Monday afternoon following an attempted armed robbery.

A university tweet at 4:10 p.m. said the emergency was over: “Search of West Bank complete. No further need to take shelter. This was an attempted robbery -- no shooting occurred.”

University officials said they believed the person had left campus, but told students to “remain on alert” and report any suspicious activity to 911.

A female student was inside Anderson Hall when the man approached her and showed a gun. She apparently shouted and the man fled through a tunnel system.

No one was reported hurt during the incident.

Woman questioned in S.D. homicide faces child endangerment charge 

GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — A woman who has admitted to disposing of the bodies of her two infant children is being charged with a gross misdemeanor offense for allegedly pointing a gun at her head as she held her 9-month-old child.

Yellow Medicine County filed a charge on Nov. 4 of endangering a child against Kelly Anderson-Person, 34, most recently of Clarkfield and formerly of Hendricks. A bail hearing is scheduled Wednesday.

Anderson-Person is currently committed for mental illness by court order.

The charge results from an alleged incident as she was being interviewed in a homicide investigation. Law enforcement officers were questioning Anderson-Person on Aug. 13 at her home in Clarkfield about the discovery of two sets of infant remains in eastern South Dakota.

During that interview, Anderson-Person admitted she had given birth to the two infants and disposed of their bodies. The remains were found in November 2012 in Deuel County, S.D., on land owned by an Anderson family member.

The complaint in the Yellow Medicine County case represents the first time authorities have revealed that Anderson-Person allegedly admitted to disposing of the bodies. Other court documents filed earlier stated that she had admitted to being the mother of the two infants.

MSUM admissions director resigns

MOORHEAD, Minn. — After three months on the job, Minnesota State University Moorhead’s new admissions director has resigned.

Rance Larsen came to Moorhead from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in August to oversee the admissions department after a national search.

His last day was Nov. 8.

When reached for comment, Larsen said he did not want to discuss his resignation.

The admissions director oversees a staff of about 18 people who counsel prospective students, visit high schools, process applications and enroll students.

MSUM will launch another national search for his replacement, said spokesman David Wahlberg. Meanwhile, the vice president for enrollment and senior admissions staff will carry out duties within the department.

Wahlberg said the search process takes about two to three months.

Rock painted with hearts used in burglary

CLOQUET, Minn. -- A rock painted with hearts and the name “Christen” with pink lettering was thrown through the window of a Cloquet bank Monday, allowing burglars to take undisclosed amount of cash, according to police.

The burglary of Cornerstone State Bank was reported to Cloquet police at 5:50 a.m. on reports of a broken window.

“Upon further investigation, it was determined that a burglary had taken place inside the bank,” the department said in a news release.

Police didn’t find the suspect, but they did find the painted rock the suspect used to break the window.

Police have surveillance video that shows the suspect and are asking anyone who recognizes the suspect or rock to contact them at (218) 879-1247.


Year after rape acquittal, Norberg re-hired at Sanford

FARGO – Dr. Jon Norberg, who regained his medical license after he was found not guilty of sexual assault allegations leveled by his ex-wife, has resumed his medical practice at Sanford Health.

Norberg, a hand surgeon, returned to practice earlier this month at Sanford Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Darla Dobberstein, a vice president at the Sanford Orthopedics Clinic in Fargo, said Monday in a brief statement.

“He is a highly skilled, excellent hand surgeon who provides quality care to his patients,” she said.

Norberg was unavailable for comment Monday.

Norberg was accused by his former wife, Alonna Norberg, of drugging and sexually assaulting her.

Alonna Norberg, herself a physician, accused her then-husband of injecting her with propofol or using ether-like substances on her without her knowledge and having sex.

Diversion board added as defendant in lawsuit

FARGO – A federal judge has granted the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority’s request to join as a defendant in a lawsuit against the proposed flood protection project.

The Diversion Authority filed a motion late last month to join the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in defending the lawsuit. Its request was scheduled for a Nov. 26 hearing, but magistrate Judge Leo Brisbois approved the request last week and canceled the hearing, in part because the diversion opponents who filed the suit were OK with the authority joining, according to court filings.

The federal lawsuit filed by the Richland-Wilkin Joint Powers Authority, accuses diversion leaders of unnecessarily expanding the scope of the flood protection project, multiplying its estimated cost to $1.8 billion. The suit also claims the project will damage farmland south of the Fargo-Moorhead metro area, where water would collect during severe floods.

Diversion Authority leaders have said they wanted to join the lawsuit to adequately represent the interests of the Fargo-Moorhead area.

In granting its request, Brisbois also required the Diversion Authority to respond to the suit’s allegations by Nov. 29, according to court filings. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the main federal sponsor of the project, has not yet responded.

Hoeven nominates six to military academies

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., has nominated six North Dakota students for appointment to U.S. military academies.

Those nominated are:

-- Naval Academy: Chandler Vercher, son of Col. Robert and Amy Vercher, Minot; Jacob Santer, son of Donald and Alisen Santer, Fargo; Anthony Coronato, son of Athony and Christine Coronato, Fargo.

-- Military Academy: Leah Fagerland, daughter of Berg Fagerland, Minot; Nicholas Scarberry, son of Eugene and Susan Scarberry, Fargo.

-- Air Force Academy: Mitchell Robinson, son of Christopher and Louann Robinson.

Students must be nominated to an academy by a member of Congress, the vice president or a service branch secretary. Final appointment decisions are made by the academies.

Those interested in applying for a 2015 admission should visit Hoeven’s website at

Arrest made in connection with church burglaries

VALLEY CITY, N.D. -- A second suspect has been arrested in connection with one of several late-September Valley City church burglaries.

Andrew Miklas was detained near Hillsboro on Thursday night, said Officer Randy Schmidt, of the Valley City Police Department.

Miklas, 25, of Valley City, is being held at Cass County Jail, charged with criminal conspiracy to commit burglary in Barnes County and possession of stolen property in Traill County, a Cass County Jail spokeswoman said. All charges are Class C felonies, she said.

Miklas will be sent to Traill County first, then to Barnes County, she said.

Miklas’ original arrest warrant from Valley City police was for charges of burglary, which is a felony, and theft of property, a misdemeanor.

Valley City police issued arrest warrants Oct. 30 for Miklas and Nicole Lindermann, 18, of Kathryn, in connection with a burglary at Faith Lutheran Church.

Lindermann turned herself in Oct. 30 and was released from the Barnes County Jail on a $4,000 unsecured appearance bond.

The string of church burglaries happened during the weekend of Sept. 28 and 29. Trinity Lutheran Church, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and the Congregational Church of Christ were burglarized that weekend, along with Faith Lutheran. The Valley City Public Library was also burglarized that weekend.

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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