>>Motorcyclist Killed in Crash With Semi in Otter Tail County
(Fergus Falls, MN) — A motorcyclist is dead after a crash involving a semi-truck on Highway 59 near Fergus Falls. The Minnesota State Patrol says a cycle driven by a 65-year-old Otter Tail County man was northbound on Highway 59 and the semi was southbound when they collided Wednesday night. The rider died at the scene. His name hasn’t been released.
>>Medical Examiner Identifies Man Found Dead in Minnetonka Home
(Minnetonka, MN) — The man reportedly killed by his son in Minnetonka early Wednesday is identified as 72-year-old Frederick Schech. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office says Schech died of multiple blunt force injuries, and it is considered a homicide. Police responding to a medical call found Schech dead at the scene. The caller told officers that his 39-year-old son did it. Investigators haven’t released details about what led to Schech’s death.
>>Toddler Found Dead in Residential Swimming Pool
(Eagan, MN) — A toddler is dead after being found unresponsive in a residential swimming pool Thursday afternoon in Eagan. Police responded to Donegal Court on the report of a child running between neighboring homes. They met a woman who said her 5-year-old was missing from their home. Officers found the child unresponsive in the pool about half a mile from the family’s home. Despite life-saving attempts, the child was declared dead.
>>Pine City Man Accused of Sexually Exploiting Minors
(Minneapolis, MN) — Federal prosecutors are charging a Pine City man with soliciting and distributing child pornography and enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity. Twenty-six-year-old Caleb McLaughlin is accused of using social media accounts and apps to get girls between the ages of 11 and 16 to appear in sexually explicit videos and send them to him. Court documents allege that McLaughlin would also offer girls drugs, alcohol, cash, and gift cards in exchange for sex acts. His next court hearing is Tuesday in federal court in Minneapolis.
(Blaine, MN) — Blaine police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing teen. 16-year-old Angela Gaser is reported to have left a facility in Blaine on July 16 and is believed to be in the Minneapolis area. Gasner is described to change her hair color often but was last seen having black hair with some visible blonde areas. She also wears two nose and two eyebrow piercings. If you have any information on Gasner’s whereabouts, call the Blaine Police Department at 763-427-1212.
>>Officials Looking Into Increased Fees at Superior National Forest
(Duluth, MN) — Officials are contemplating a fee increase at the Superior National Forest campgrounds and are seeking public comments. Forest Service District Manager Tim Engrav says once the public comment period closes on September 12th, they will review the feedback. The survey is available now on the Superior National Forest website.
>>DNR Special Hunts to Require Non-Toxic Ammo
(St. Paul, MN) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds people participating in special hunts in state parks and recreation areas will be required to use nontoxic ammunition starting this fall. DNR spokesperson Ed Quinn says the reason for this is “We know that there is no safe level of lead for humans, and we know that it impacts a whole variety of wildlife.” Quinn says the most affected animals are eagles, ravens, hawks, and bobcats. Quinn says there will be a slight caveat on this, due to the recent shortage of nontoxic ammunition in certain calibers. The exception is for shotgun zones in special-use hunts, but hunters will have to carry out their gut piles so local wildlife doesn’t ingest the toxic ammunition.