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BORUP, Minn. — A man found dead in northwestern Minnesota Friday, March 15, has been identified as Ruslan Arstanaliyev, 31, from Bensalem, Pa., according the Norman County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Jeremy Thornton said the final autopsy report isn't yet available, but it is known Arstanaliyev had self-inflicted injuries. Thornton didn't say if the death was a suicide. Thornton says Arstanaliyev worked as a truck driver for RVK Express Inc. out of Naperville, Ill.
BRAINERD, Minn. — A Crow Wing County District court judge ruled 38-year-old David Michael Otey, who stabbed his sister to death at her Crosby workplace in January 2018, is not guilty by reason of mental illness. Judge Kristine DeMay filed her order with the Brainerd court system Friday, March 15.
BEMIDJI — Jeff Sande, the longtime Bemidji State University physical plant manager who in January pleaded guilty to spending tens of thousands of public dollars on himself, will head to jail next month. Judge Paul Benshoof on Tuesday, March 19, imposed a 90-day sentence on Sande, 45 days of which he’ll serve in Beltrami County Jail and 45 days of which will be on electronic home monitoring. He’ll be eligible for supervised release after 30 days. Sande will be on probation for up to 10 years after his sentence ends.
OLIVIA, Minn. — Ronny Ray Oleson, 59, of Olivia, is being held in the Renville County Jail on $100,000 unconditional bail on charges that he sexually assaulted a young girl over a nearly two-year period. Oleson made his first court appearance Monday. He is charged with two felony counts – criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and criminal sexual conduct in the second degree. The victim was under the age of 13 at the time of the alleged assault.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comments on applications for several different licenses and permits needed to construct and operate the Line 3 Replacement Project across northern Minnesota.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. - Jasmine Block, the teenage girl from Alexandria who was kidnapped, held captive for 29 days and then escaped her captors, will appear on "Dr. Phil" today, Tuesday, March 19. The show airs at 3 p.m. in some markets or 4 p.m. on NBC in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Check local listings for network and time.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — Two Montana men are accused of driving through Douglas County in central Minnesota on Interstate 94 with 900 pounds of marijuana in their camper. Alexander Clifford Gordon, 24, of Helena, and Jared Michael Desroches, 30, of Missoula, were charged Tuesday, March 5, in Douglas County District Court with two counts of controlled substance crimes in the first degree for possession of more than 50 kilos of marijuana.
ROSEAU, Minn. -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites public review and written comments on a proposal by Roseau County to obtain grant-in-aid funding for additions to the all-terrain vehicle and off-highway motorcycle trail system in Beltrami Island State Forest. The new trail, known as the Butler Grade, would provide a 5.1-mile trail connection to communities east of the forest. The new trail as proposed will follow an existing township road, an existing snowmobile trail and a forest access route that is currently open to ATVs and OHMs.
NEAR BAUDETTE, Minn. - Rescue efforts were ongoing Monday on Lake of the Woods to reach several anglers stranded after blizzard conditions Sunday blocked ice roads plowed up to 20 miles or more out on the lake, the Northern Light Region newspaper in Baudette reported on its Facebook page. Resort workers, assisted by Lake of the Woods County Sheriff’s Department deputies, have been working since Sunday morning to reach snowed-in anglers, the newspaper reported.
NEVIS, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has identified two Hubbard County Sheriff's Office deputies involved in a shooting incident on Thursday, Feb. 14, in the north-central Minnesota city of Nevis. A suspect shot and killed two people, wounded a deputy while fleeing in his vehicle and later turned a gun on himself after entering a ditch and exchanging gunfire with a deputy.