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ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- A 21-year-old St. Cloud State student last seen leaving a St. Cloud nightclub early Saturday morning, March 25, remains missing. Video footage shows Jesse Aaron Dady walking alone in the city after leaving the Red Carpet nightclub around 1:30 a.m. Friends last saw him during a scuffle at The Press Bar & Parlor, according to a Facebook post by Locate The Missing and shared by Stearns County. Dady is 6-foot, 150 pounds with blonde hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a bright orange hat, gray jacket and blue jeans, the post said.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Bemidji Middle School's assistant principal was arrested Thursday evening and was being held in the Beltrami County Jail on suspicion of soliciting a child for sex. Beltrami County Attorney Annie Claesson-Huseby said Brandon Mark Bjerknes, 34, will likely be charged and arraigned Friday afternoon. Bjerknes is still listed as the middle school's assistant principal on Bemidji Area Schools' website. Superintendent Jim Hess confirmed Bjerknes' arrest Friday morning.
ST. CLOUD — Two people were killed and a third person was seriously injured when a semi-truck rear-ended a taxi in the city limits of St. Cloud. The crash happened on southbound Highway 10 at the intersection of Saint Germain Street about 7:20 a.m. Saturday, March 18. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the Dodge Caravan operating as a taxi was stopped at a red light when a Freightliner truck came up from behind and rear ended the van.
UNDERWOOD, Minn. -- An Underwood woman died after she fell from her horse Wednesday afternoon, March 15. According to a report released by the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, Kirsten Laney, 48, and a friend were riding horses about 3 p.m. Wednesday in a wooded area near Laney’s home in Underwood when Laney’s horse was spooked.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Two people -- one of whom is a juvenile -- were arrested Friday, a day after allegedly escaping the scene of a standoff near Cass Lake. The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office initially said they were searching for two juveniles following the hours-long Thursday-morning incident. The release, sent Friday, March 17, said a 16-year-old juvenile and a 22-year-old male were arrested.
Eight J.C. Penney stores in Minnesota are slated for closing but not the Alexandria location, according to a list the company released as part of its plans to close 138 stores nationwide. Store locations on the closure list include Baxter, Fairmont, Faribault, Hibbing, Hutchinson, Red Wing, Thief River Falls and Winona in Minnesota. The Alexandria location is in Viking Plaza. In North Dakota stores in Wahpeton, Dickinson and Jamestown are closing.
FRAZEE, Minn.—A Frazee man who previously hoaxed two Twin Cities TV stations and was convicted of scamming Hummer owners has been sentenced In Becker County District Court on a misdemeanor charge of failing to deliver a motor vehicle title. Blake Andrew Sundvor, also known as Blake Mastin, 34, and a former National Guard mechanic, had stiffer charges dismissed.
OTTERTAIL, Minn. — Fire heavily damaged a home here Saturday night, March 11, resulting in officials calling it a complete loss, an Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department deputy reported. The homeowner, 35-year-old Cody James Dahl, has been charged with first-degree arson after the Minnesota State Fire Marshall and Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office say Dahl gathered up flammable materials in the attached garage of his home and lit them on fire around 9:40 p.m. He reportedly used a lighter and accelerant.
HILL CITY, Minn. — A 40-year-old Hill City man died early Saturday as the result of a rollover crash about 6 miles north of Hill City. The Minnesota State Patrol received notice of the accident at 5:24 a.m. A Volkswagen Passat that was heading north on Highway 169 drifted off the right shoulder of the road, struck a driveway approach and rolled, finally coming to rest on its wheels, according to a State Patrol report.
MCGREGOR, Minn. — A 59-year-old McGregor man died after the ATV he was operating broke through ice on the Sandy River Flowage in Aitkin County. The Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office reported that Kevin Lee Futhey died Friday night, March 10, at North Memorial Medical Center after he was airlifted to the Twin Cities-area hospital.