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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — It was a good day for the golfers with regional ties Friday, Sept. 21, at the opening round of the Sanford International Champions Tour event at Minnehaha Country Club. Madison, Wisconsin, native Steve Stricker and Council Bluffs, Iowa's Jerry Smith each shot 7-under-par 63s to be part of a four-way tie for the lead after the inaugural 18 holes. Brandt Jobe and David McKenzie were also in the clubhouse with rounds of 63 at days' end, in which the field averaged 68.2 strokes in the round.
ST. PAUL — An experienced political reporter who grew up in Minnesota has been selected as the Forum News Service’s state government reporter. Dana Ferguson, who has covered South Dakota politics for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader during the past three legislative sessions, will join Forum News Service beginning Nov. 1.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — An Adrian man will serve 14 years in prison after being convicted of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Bradly Haddock, 31, was sentenced Wednesday, Sept. 12, in Nobles County District Court for two different cases involving two different minors. He was sentenced to 168 months in prison for the two first-degree charges — related to sexually penetrating a minor under age 16 — which a jury unanimously found him guilty of during a May 24 jury trial.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Authorities have identified the man suspected of shooting a Stearns County deputy with an arrow. Ramey James Olson, 31, of Alexandria, was released from a hospital Saturday, Sept. 15, and booked into the Stearns County Jail on probable cause felony assault, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday, Sept. 14, directed the Minnesota National Guard to send a helicopter and response team to assist with Hurricane Florence relief efforts in North Carolina. “I thank the courageous Minnesota National Guard soldiers who will provide this critical assistance,” Dayton said in a news release. “Minnesotans stand ready to assist in any way we are able.”
SAUK CENTRE, Minn. — A man is in custody after allegedly shooting a Stearns County deputy in the arm with an arrow early Thursday afternoon, Sept. 13. The incident started with a call saying the suspect drove a pickup into a building, according to a Stearns County press release.
RED WING, Minn. -- Minnesota secretary of state candidate John Howe is back on the campaign trail after falling off a parade float Sunday, Sept. 9. Meanwhile, his campaign manager, who was run over by the trailer, is now recovering at a Red Wing care facility. Tim Droogsma, a former press secretary to U.S. Sen. Rudy Boschwitz and Gov. Arne Carlson, said the move will allow him to continue his rehabilitation on his legs and hips, a news release from the Republican Party of Minnesota said. Droogsma said he expects to re-join Howe soon.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota has the lowest adult obesity rate among Upper Midwest states despite an increase of 0.7 percent from 2016 to 2017. Iowa has the highest percentage at 36.4 percent, followed by North Dakota, Wisconsin and South Dakota. Minnesota's adult obesity rate of 28.4 percent also ranks the lowest amongst 12 Midwest states, the Minnesota Department of Health said in a news release.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- An 87-year-old Brainerd man is dead following a crash south of Brainerd between the all-terrain vehicle he was driving and a minivan Tuesday, Sept. 11. The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash at 2:33 p.m. on the 11000 block of County Highway 45 in St. Mathias Township. According to a sheriff’s sergeant, the driver of the side-by-side ATV, identified as Wayne Thiesse, apparently attempted to cross the road and was struck by a southbound minivan, driven by Troy Hanson, 54, of St. Cloud.
ST. PAUL -- The arrest of one woman with a blood-alcohol content of 0.21 driving to a dentist’s office with her 3-year-old child in Alexandria was just one of 1,369 such arrests Minnesota law enforcement made during a campaign targeting drunken drivers. Extra drunken driving enforcement Aug. 17-Sept.2 yielded just one less arrest than last year’s campaign total, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said in a news release. Authorities issued 1,244 seat belt violations, a drop of 286 from the 2017 campaign.