Peanuts, home of Snoopy and Charlie Brown, up for sale

It comes three months after U.S. network ABC in 2014 for five years.Initially called “Li’l Folks,” the comic strip was renamed “Peanuts” in 1950, when it became syndicated in seven newspapers, according to the Charles M. 23, 2016, in Atlanta. insurance company MetLife dropped the Peanuts characters it had been using as mascots for more than 30 years—a blow to debt-burdened Iconix.The characters, which include Lucy, Peppermint Patty and Pigpen, have attracted the interest of Chinese companies as well as other investors keen to snap up U.S. The company renewed a long-standing contract to air the popular Peanuts holiday TV specials on U.S. Recommended for youBroken lawnmower leads to neighbor’s killingShooting after Florida nightclub’s teen party leaves two deadMN man with ‘intellectual disability’ sentenced for stabbing girlfriend to deathThe move sent shares of Iconix up more than 5 percent. brand management company Iconix Brand Group Inc. They declined to comment on the expected deal valuation.Besides Peanuts, Iconix is also looking to sell its Strawberry Shortcake brand, which is based on a character that rose to fame in the 1980s as a doll for young girls, the people said. media and licensing assets, the people said this week.Created by Charles Schulz and licensed in over 100 countries, the characters generate about $30 million in 12-month earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, the people added. MetLife ended its 30-year run using Peanuts characters last year. The MetLife blimp floats above East Lake Golf Club Sep. Butch Dill-USA TODAY SportsU.S. The St. Paul-born Schulz passed away in 2000. Schulz Museum website. Recommended for youBroken lawnmower leads to neighbor’s killingShooting after Florida nightclub’s teen party leaves two deadMN man with ‘intellectual disability’ sentenced for stabbing girlfriend to death They asked not to be identified because the matter is confidential.The New York-based company is working with investment bank Guggenheim Partners LLC on an auction process to sell the brands, the people added, cautioning that there was no certainty that any deal would occur.While MetLife will stop flying blimps featuring Snoopy this year, Peanuts has agreements with brands such as chocolate maker Nestle SA, stationary company Hallmark Cards, and retailer Zara, according to a regulatory filing by Iconix.In 2015, Twenty-First Century Fox released The Peanuts Movie, which was nominated for a Golden Globe award and grossed $246 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo, a website that tracks the revenue that movies generate.Peanuts’ largest international market is Japan, where a new Snoopy museum opened last year, according to the Iconix filing. is exploring a sale of its majority stake in Peanuts Worldwide LLC, which owns the rights to cartoon strip characters Snoopy and Charlie Brown, according to people familiar with the matter.

Kleppen: The royal flush of parenting

We bought a training toilet that looks — and sounds — like an actual toilet. Now that Little Man is entering this stage, it’s a nuisance. Val Kleppen, Parenting Perspectives columnistI’ve had a bit of a potty mouth lately.”Do you need to go potty?””Can you go pee pee on the potty?”Everything revolves around — you guessed it — the potty. She had herself trained in about a day, just before her second birthday.Little Man will be three this spring, and I’m so over this potty training thing.When Little Miss was going through it, it was exciting and novel and a milestone to be proud of. And sit. No sir.The laundry has doubled. “If you have to go potty, stop! flush and wash and be on our way!”He’ll sit on the potty. He sings the song and does hand actions, even. We provide incentives and rewards. What excited me in my early days of parenting suddenly seems more of a burden than it’s worth.Everyone is happy to tell you conflicting pieces of information. We jump up and down with unprecedented excitement when he goes in the toilet instead of his diaper.And yet … All it took was her seeing one of her little friends using the potty, and it was all she talked about. The luster quickly wears when you have to accompany every single time, hoping something will take place. we’re still buying diapers.Little Miss essentially trained herself. And go right away … That was a crappy day in every sense of the word.I take solace in knowing one day this will be but a distant memory. Everything is being sanitized twice as often, because “whoopsies” are happening at an exponential rate.I’m quickly learning lightning does not, in fact, strike twice. And sit. Just as our determination hit full stride, however, Little Man’s interest completely dissipated.We bought “big boy pants” (which I keep slipping up and calling “big boy panties”). Hard work now will pay off in less work later.I’m sure I’ll be longing for the days he used to be in diapers and lamenting over how I won’t ever have the experience of potty training a child again.In which case, lock me up, because that will be evidence my mind has gone to pot…ty.Val Kleppen is a Fargo wife, mother, blogger and co-founder of Harlynn’s Heart, a group that comforts families who face infant loss. And sit. We’ve determined it’s finally time for us to bite the bullet and get this potty-training into full-swing. Her blog can be read at It’s so much easier to change a diaper.But we will not cower behind convenience. What came so easy to our oldest is far more of a challenge for our youngest. “You can do it in a day.” “He needs to decide he’s ready.” “What worked for us was fillintheblank.” “Oh that never worked for us.”We’ve watched the Daniel Tiger video. “Little Man are you done?” “Not yet!”I all but reached the end of my rope when we devoted a full day to potty training, and I had to clean a giant mess off the floor, bathtub, walls, toilet, clothes, hands …

Semi truck carrying live turkeys rolls over in central Minn.

But nearly six hours after the 7 a.m. — A semi carrying 850 full-grown turkeys tipped over Monday morning on Kandiyohi County Road 5 north of Willmar.The driver, 39-year-old Edgardo Diaz, of Montevideo, was not hurt. crash, crews were still on the scene removing dead and injured birds. Carolyn Lange / Forum News ServiceWILLMAR, Minn. Recommended for youSuspects at large in hatchet assault on manOfficer shoots, kills suspect in downtown AlexandriaPolice Blotter: July 29, 2016 Recommended for youSuspects at large in hatchet assault on manOfficer shoots, kills suspect in downtown AlexandriaPolice Blotter: July 29, 2016Some turkeys were not injured and were loaded into another truck.According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened when Diaz attempted to turn south onto Kandiyohi County Road 25 from Kandiyohi County Road 5.He did not stop before attempting the turn, the Sheriff’s Office said, which caused the semi to overturn into the ditch.

Letter to the editor: Repeal Sunday liquor sale prohibition

I find this hard to believe since polling shows that somewhere between 60 and 70 percent support repealing Sunday sales prohibition.I know where the numbers are coming from – the lobby that consistently opposes providing consumers with choice and economic freedom in Minnesota – the Minnesota Municipal Beverage Association and Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association and other lobbyists that pour hundreds of thousands of dollars into getting their way at the Capitol.Residents of the lakes area do not have the luxury of only driving 30 minutes to buy like most of Minnesota does since every bordering state and province allows Sunday sales.I encourage you to contact Sen. Ruud and let her know that this archaic, anti-business, anti-consumer statute needs to be repealed.651-296-4913 or sen.carrie.ruud@senate.mnDon’t let lobbyists dictate the outcome of this legislation again. Recently on Facebook, Sen. It is time to repeal the Sunday sales prohibition and make Minnesota open for business.David Anderson,Lonsdale Carrie Ruud stated that her Senate District 10 is not in favor of Sunday liquor sales and that she is hearing 20-1 against rather than for a repeal.

PR-B Community Education offers classes for youth

Fee: $5.Create pictures, cards animals and decorations using hearts. Pine River-Backus Community Education offers the following upcoming classes for youth. Fee: $20.Join Happy Dancing Turtle staff members Nora and Michelle for outdoor fun. Instructor is Mary Jo Litke.• Heart Art: 3-5:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. Wednesday, Feb. The club will explore a new part of nature through games, lessons, activities, crafts and more.Since class is mostly outside, students should be prepared with coats, snow pants, boots, hats, mittens and scarves. 1, Pine River-Backus Elementary School Room 34. Mondays, Feb. 9, Pine River-Backus High School Room 255. Fee: $5.Use a record player, bowl and jar with markers or paints to create spin art. Instructor is Amber Haegele.• Nature Club: 3-5 p.m. Meetings will begin in the commons. Register online at or call 218-587-2080. 13 and 17, and March 13 and 27, Pine River-Backus School Commons and outside. • Spin Art: 3-5 p.m.

Pre-order trees, plants from SWCD

Thursday, Feb. The open house will include free coffee, refreshments, area plant experts, grant funding opportunities and the chance to explore different county, state and federal conservation programs.Native pine, spruce, balsam, cedar and tamarack are the conifers available. The 17th annual Soil and Water Conservation District tree sale pre-order open house will be from 9 a.m. 28. May 5, or 9 a.m.-noon May 6.For more information, email or call 218-828-6197. Crow Wing SWCD accepts cash, check and credit card payments for orders.All plants, trees and seeds must be picked up from 4-6 p.m. to 3 p.m. 2, at the Crow Wing SWCD office located in the downstairs meeting room of the Crow Wing County Land Services building, 322 Laurel St., Brainerd. Many other trees, shrubs, flowers, seeds and tree protectors will also be available.Visit for pictures and description of all the trees, plants and seed mixes, and to order online.The deadline for ordering is Feb. May 4, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

PL 4th-graders take third

Back Row: Briel Jones, Genevieve Birkeland, Madison Wendt, Cassidy Wick, Morgan Dotty and Isabelle Ziesemer. Front Row, from left: Asya Fischer, Autumn Hecker, Audrey Jobe and Carly Eggert. Submitted photo
The Pequot Lakes fourth-grade girls basketball team finished in third place at a tournament in Upsala on Saturday, Jan. 21.

PR-B 3rd- and 4th-graders win two tournaments

1 / 2Front row, from left: Raina Hannaken, Ella Dahl and Ariana Burns. Back row: Cassidy Bristow, Caylei Johnson, Sawyer Tulenchik, Heidi Kline and Paige Holm. Submitted photo2 / 2The Pine River-Backus third- and fourth-grade girls basketball team finished first in two tournaments, winning all three games in the Nevis tournament Saturday, Jan. 14, before finishing first in New York Mills on Saturday, Jan. 21.
Back row: Heidi Kline, Mimi Bueckers, Paige Holm, Caylei Johnson and Sawyer Tulenchik. Front row, from left: Kelsey Bergem, Ella Dahl, Ariana Burns. Submitted photo

St. Paul man pleads guilty to facilitating prostitution in Fargo

Recommended for youSuspects at large in hatchet assault on manChase ends with 2 arrestsOfficer shoots, kills suspect in downtown AlexandriaEric Donte Watson, 30, was charged in Cass County District Court last summer.Court documents state that Fargo police were called to a south Fargo address in January 2016 and met with an 18-year-old woman in the parking lot of a nearby grocery store.The woman told police she had been taken to Fargo from Rochester by Watson, with whom she said she was having a consensual sexual relationship.However, she also told police Watson had arranged for her to have sexual contact with the same male on two different occasions and each time the male paid $200.The woman told police she didn’t want to have sex for money, but feared what Watson would do to her if she refused.Watson was given credit for already serving 60 days.He was also ordered to pay fines and fees totaling $665.In a separate case, Watson was recently charged in Cass County District Court with gross sexual imposition, possession of amphetamine and aggravated assault after a woman told police Watson raped her at her south Fargo apartment.That case remains pending. Eric WatsonFARGO — A St. 30, to a charge of facilitating prostitution. Recommended for youSuspects at large in hatchet assault on manChase ends with 2 arrestsOfficer shoots, kills suspect in downtown Alexandria Paul man was sentenced to a year behind bars after pleading guilty on Monday, Jan.

Minnesota sheriff says random bullet enters his daughter’s bedroom

“It means that we’re not always in charge. 11, 2016Crosslake man faces charges in assault on mother and daughterPolice Blotter: July 29, 2016Leslie said his home near Minnesota 13 and Sylandale Road was not targeted, and that no one was injured.“This is a whole different Monday if I’m targeted and my family is in danger,” he said. No other homes were hit, and investigators could not pinpoint exactly where the shooting happened, he said.“Nobody near my house heard gunshots,” Leslie said.The case is being categorized as a negligent discharge of a firearm, he said.“It’s very odd, and I don’t know it what it all means,” he said. “My family was still in danger a little bit, but it was a   random shot up in the air and it hit my house. MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. Again, this is a something that could have happened to anybody.”
Recommended for youPolice Blotter-Aug. — Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie said Monday that it was a coincidence that a bullet went through a window at his Mendota Heights home early Saturday. “But this was tumbling.”Leslie said his daughter was awakened about 4 a.m. … Things can happen to people. Recommended for youPolice Blotter-Aug. by a loud noise and thought maybe a picture fell off her wall. “And the environment of some of the public toward law enforcement is not positive.”Several hours later, investigators learned that homeowners two blocks north of Leslie reported hearing four or five gunshots the same time his daughter was awakened. 11, 2016Crosslake man faces charges in assault on mother and daughterPolice Blotter: July 29, 2016 It could have been anyone’s house down the block.”Leslie said the state Bureau or Criminal Apprehension analyzed the bullet’s trajectory and determined that it had been fired into the air and “traveled and tumbled” through his 17-year-old daughter’s window.“Bullets, when shot out of a gun, are supposed to travel like a spiral of a football,” he said. At that point, Leslie said, he thought maybe someone could have targeted his house.“I thought, ‘Oh, man,’ and immediately called the BCA and Mendota Heights police,” Leslie said.“Being an elected official — the sheriff —   I take a stand on certain things and people may not agree with me,” he added. She went back to sleep, but told him about the noise   around 8:45 a.m.Leslie said that’s when he went into her room and found the bullet, which had careened off a wall before landing on his daughter’s bedroom floor.

Wiggins, Wolves dump Magic in overtime

He scored two points in four minutes Monday. Aldrich averaged 13.2 minutes per game through 25 games, but just 5.7 mpg in Minnesota’s last 17 contests prior to Monday. He had nine points in 30 minutes off the bench in his first game since Jan. Three of his treys came in the third quarter, including one that tied the game at 70.Rubio wasn’t the only Timberwolves player connecting from deep. That surge was highlighted by a 3-pointer in the corner by Shabazz Muhammad after a kick-out pass from point guard Kris Dunn. He scored 12 points in 28 minutes. Rubio connected on a career-high six 3-pointers in the game. Watson chipped in 18 points. … Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY SportsMINNEAPOLIS—The Minnesota Timberwolves withstood a fourth-quarter rally from the Orlando Magic to escape with a 111-105 overtime victory Monday at Target Center. Muhammad finished with 10 points, leading the way for Minnesota’s reserves.NOTES: Magic F Aaron Gordon started Monday, one day after tweaking his ankle in Orlando’s road win against Toronto. Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau was asked about the decline in playing time for C Cole Aldrich. He also had a key block on defense, one of several blocks by the Timberwolves in overtime.Minnesota center Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points—his 30th 20-point game of the season—and 12 rebounds, while point guard Ricky Rubio added 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.The Magic (19-31) seemed to run out of gas in the extra session. Monday marked the second night of a back-to-back for the Magic, who beat the Toronto Raptors by one point on Sunday.After Wiggins’ jumper tied the game at 98, Elfrid Payton had a chance for the game-winner for Orlando. The Magic return to Orlando for two consecutive home games, starting Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers. Augustin (14) dribbles defended by Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) in the second quarter at Target Center on Monday night. Serge Ibaka (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Nikola Vucevic (13 points, 11 rebounds) posted double-doubles for Orlando.The Magic’s leading scorer on the season, Evan Fournier, returned to action after missing eight games with a sore foot. … All five of Minnesota’s starters hit at least one 3-pointer, while Muhammad made a pair off the bench. That capped a 13-2 run for the Magic, but Orlando couldn’t make one final stop to preserve its lead.The Timberwolves put together an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter to gain a six-point lead. Orlando Magic guard D.J. 13.Orlando, which trailed for much of the fourth quarter, took a 98-96 lead with under a minute remaining after Aaron Gordon converted a three-point play. Andrew Wiggins led Minnesota with a game-high 27 points, including a game-tying jumper with 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to force overtime.Wiggins was big in overtime for Minnesota (19-29), scoring six points in the extra session. “A big part of that is what your opponents are doing,” Thibodeau said. The Wolves were 12 of 29 from deep as a team.Minnesota took an 80-79 lead into the fourth quarter after Muhammad hit a half-court shot as the buzzer sounded. Muhammad’s make forced Orlando to call a timeout while trailing 89-83 with 6:34 to play.The 3-point shooting of Rubio kept Minnesota in the game in the third quarter. However, his long jumper fell short as the buzzer sounded at the end of regulation.Payton’s 21 points led the way for the Magic, while C.J. … Minnesota heads on the road for a two-game road trip beginning Wednesday at Cleveland.

Letter to the editor: Letter to editor is incoherent

Martin’s latest screed is that it does not, nor will it ever, lend itself to a reasoned discussion on the merits of the issues about which he writes. Throwing out baseless accusations and incoherent rantings just turns off the majority who truly would be interested in an enlightened dialogue rather than his empty diatribe.Jan Moe,Lake Shore A. What is so sad about Mr.

Nisswa: City seeks applicants for parks/recreation director – Hondl resigns

8, and the council will ultimately hire a firm for the next two years. Hondl, who wasn’t at the meeting, said later by phone that he accepted a parks and trails maintenance supervisor job in Baxter, calling it a good opportunity for him.Council members Gary Johnson and Ross Krautkremer, liaisons to the parks department, will review the applicants, as well as discuss interim parks and recreation work. The city issued 66 permits in 2015.• Approved a quote from Lakes Area Lock and Door for $14,035 for security enhancements at the Nisswa Community Center.• Heard from Ryan Nelson of Jr’s No. 19 BBQ, who is requesting a liquor license for his summer location at the Nisswa Family Fun Center waterpark. The council accepted Alex Hondl’s resignation with regret. Tuesday, April 25, for people who have questions about their property’s market value.• Learned the city issued 78 land use permits in 2016; 18 were for the construction of new homes. There are many, many, many activities that Parks and Rec supplies,” she said, thanking the council for valuing that department and its impact.Tessa Capelle serves on the park commission and said Hondl was a nice addition to the city and got it moving in a good direction. 3. 18, agreed to advertise to fill the position with an application deadline of Friday, Feb. The other 12 permits were for previously undeveloped properties. 10. He said it’s not always possible to measure the effect law enforcement has.”I like to believe that having visible law enforcement does decrease crime,” he said, citing a correlation in traffic enforcement to reduction in accidents, and a visible police presence to reduction in crimes.Firefighters in December responded to 14 medicals, seven fires and one mutual aid call to Brainerd.In other business Jan. Nelson was urged to contact the city’s planning and zoning administrator and submit his plan to the planning and zoning commission.• Agreed to include Parkway Drive improvements in the Edna Lake Road feasibility study being done to identify an estimated cost, and whether the project is necessary, feasible and cost effective.• Learned the city’s contract with its city engineer did end in 2016, so the council agreed to seek proposals from interested engineering firms by Friday, Feb. Six of those 18 permits were for new homes on properties that had an existing dwelling that was to be demolished. Mark Sjoblad, park commission member, commended Hondl’s work and advised the council to replace the position with a qualified person as soon as possible.”We need to move forward with Nisswa Lake Park work to have residents know where it is, what it is and what it can be,” Sjoblad said, noting that’s needed to be able to secure grants and other funding.Molly Raske, Nisswa Elementary School principal and Nisswa resident, praised the city’s parks and recreation activities.”I love the community. The Public Works Committee, with the full council present, will interview interested firms Wednesday, Feb. Nisswa’s parks and recreation director for the past two-plus years resigned, and the Nisswa City Council on Wednesday, Jan. After discussion, the council agreed that Johnson and Krautkremer can invite park commission members or other members of the public to the interview process.Several community members spoke about the importance of the position. 18, the council:• Reappointed Tom Groen to the Planning Commission.• Accepted Reed Larson’s resignation from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission.• Agreed to hold the annual Board of Review at 1 p.m. She said she spoke as a mom and physical therapist who knows that health and wellness are important in a community.”Having activities – for kids and adults – and trails and access to the outdoors makes the community what it is and makes Nisswa special,” she said, adding that keeping the Parks and Recreation Department strong builds a stronger community.Public safetyPolice chief Craig Taylor gave the council his year-end report for 2016, showing: 3,782 calls for service, 62 arrests, 14 DWI arrests, 12 drug arrests, 39 drug traffic stops, 14 small amount of marijuana, 10 less than 1.4 grams of marijuana in motor vehicle, 68 driving after revocation citations, six driving after cancellation citations, 25 driving after suspension citations, nine DAC-IPS citations, nine reported burglaries, 29 reported thefts, 55 property damage crashes, seven injury crashes and 26 gun permit applications.The department had 425 agency assists, including Pequot Lakes police, 175; Breezy Point police, 35; Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, 107; Baxter police, eight; Brainerd police, four; Crosslake police, one; State Patrol, 36; Lake Shore police, 23; and Cass County Sheriff’s Office, nine.In December, police had 36 agency assists and 310 calls for service, issued 14 criminal citations, 20 traffic citations and 150 warnings, made three arrests, and had 10 medicals and 12 alarms.When asked about trends, Taylor said drug activity has increased while the number of burglaries decreased. Nelson’s business is open June-September, shadowing the water park season.Currently, Nelson’s operation doesn’t meet the city’s requirement of being a “restaurant” that could have a liquor license. I love the offerings in Nisswa for students and family – football, baseball, soccer, art camps, Safety Town, pond hockey.

Nisswa: Council again takes up road improvement funding- City likely won’t improve any roads this year

He didn’t favor meeting just to meet, and he cited costs that could arise. 18, about forming a committee to explore funding options for road resurfacing, the council broached the idea of creating a more formal public works committee with citizen members, along the lines of the city planning commission.That public works committee could then take on the task of researching road funding options.Mayor Fred Heidmann proposed the idea of a steering committee, saying it’s important to get community input when moving forward with road improvements. 18, the council:• Talked about contracting with a firm to do human resource and conflict resolution work for city staff when needed. Heidmann said the council could discuss topics more in depth, along with the public, and then come to council meetings more prepared. He voiced the same idea several times as a council member.The council adopted a roads assessment policy last year, which led to heated discussion at several council meetings and that Heidmann voted against. 3 reorganizational meeting. They maybe get swept under the rug. The city of Nisswa likely won’t undertake any road projects this year, but the council is exploring ways to research options to fund road improvements. That more formal committee could then possibly take on the task of researching road resurfacing funding options.Work sessionsThe council discussed the idea of a monthly council work session to discuss and explore ideas for upcoming issues and projects. Jacobson voted no, saying issues being referred to are interpersonal, and sometimes if you stir the pot, matters become worse.• Heidmann read a letter to the council admonishing Krautkremer for comments he made at the Jan. Heidmann said council members must be professional and not levy accusations at council meetings. The adopted policy would assess residents up to 30 percent of the cost to improve their road, with all city taxpayers paying the remaining 70 percent.For a road improvement to happen, citizens would have to petition for the improvement or the council would have to authorize an improvement on a four-fifths vote.Heidmann indicated the road under review now for improvements (Edna Lake Road) wouldn’t have a citizens petition for those improvements, and he said the current council likely wouldn’t have a 4/5ths vote to require the improvement.”We need to hear what the citizens desire,” Heidmann said, and then make a long-term decision of how to pay for road improvements after researching all options.Regarding Edna Lake Road work being done in conjunction with Highway 371 improvements this spring, Heidmann said he learned there would be little savings in doing the road project at the same time as the highway project.The council tabled any action on forming a steering committee, and instead requested the public works committee flesh out the idea for a more formal structure. In talking Wednesday, Jan. But they don’t get resolved,” Heidmann said, saying staff deserves having an entity that can come in and work with conflict resolution and human resource issues that come up.The council decided to have the personnel committee look at this topic and provide findings and recommendations to the council. They get ignored. Heidmann cited lingering effects from a past council, as well as more recent turmoil involving city staff.”These issues don’t go away on their own. Council members John Ryan and Ross Krautkremer agreed.Heidmann cited road funding and wastewater treatment expansion as topics worthy of work sessions.It was decided to hold work sessions as needed.In other business Jan. He said council meetings then could move along faster.He described it as a connection with the community and a time for the council to do its work and learn about topics as well.Jacobson wasn’t in favor of a regular monthly work session if there wasn’t a specific topic that needed attention.

Minnesota homeowner arrested after shooting dead a burglary suspect fleeing from his home

Pettersen said from his kitchen window he saw Nason crawling away toward a car parked near a detached garage, the complaint said. 28, 2017.(Courtesy photo)1 / 2David Allen Pettersen, 64, of Madelia, Minn., was faces a felony charge of dangerous discharge of a firearm after he allegedly shot and killed one of three teenagers who had been “casing” his home for a burglary early Saturday, Jan. While he was on the phone, he saw that the car had veered off his driveway and remained there for eight or nine minutes, the complaint said.After Emberston lost consciousness, Nason said he jumped into the driver’s seat and drove out of the driveway.Fargo man sentenced to 20 years for sexual assaultThe Watonwan County sheriff’s department said it got a call at 7:10 a.m. Prosecutors said Embertson was shot once in the pelvis.Pettersen said he saw the car drive by in front of him and when he was about 10 feet away, he fired his gun two or three times, the complaint said. Pettersen opened the door and confronted Nason, who then jumped off the deck, the complaint said.Nason fell about 10 feet and broke his ankle, according to the complaint. Saturday about a possible burglary and shooting at a residence. That made it negligent for Pettersen to shoot a gun at them, Lindee said.Pettersen was released from jail Monday under a set of conditions including surrendering his firearms.A woman who answered a phone at Pettersen’s home and identified herself as his daughter said that an attorney told them they could not comment.Madelia is about 20 miles west of Mankato.Reitan says he asked West Fargo commissioners to reinstate him as police chief
Recommended for youCrow Wing County Most Wanted: New faces added in AugustOfficer shoots, kills suspect in downtown AlexandriaShooting after Florida nightclub’s teen party leaves two dead (Photo courtesy of Watonwan County sheriff)2 / 2MADELIA, Minn.—A homeowner in southern Minnesota was charged Monday with second-degree manslaughter after he allegedly shot and killed one of three teenagers who had been “casing” his home for a burglary, according a criminal complaint. Barry Gulden of the Watonwan County sheriff’s office found the car about two miles north of Pettersen’s house, parked on the shoulder of the road, the complaint said. Nicolas Thomas Embertson, 19, of Madelia died allegedly after being shot by a rural Madelia man whose house Embertson was allegedly casing with two others for a possible burglary, on Saturday, Jan. The complaint said the three checked the doors at the house, but all were locked. Inside were Nason with a broken ankle, Ayers, who was uninjured, and Embertson, who was unconscious. Pettersen said he went into his bedroom and got a .45 caliber handgun and left the house, the complaint said.Nason said he, Ayers and Embertson got into their car and as Embertson was driving them away, they heard two loud bangs, the complaint said.Embertson said, “I think I’ve been hit,” and he lost consciousness and drove off the driveway, the complaint said. He looked out of a window of his bedroom and saw somebody walk by, the complaint said. 28, 2017, according to the Watonwan County sheriff’s department. Pettersen said he was trying to shoot the front tire on the driver’s side, the complaint said.Pettersen said he went into his house and called 911, the complaint said. Recommended for youCrow Wing County Most Wanted: New faces added in AugustOfficer shoots, kills suspect in downtown AlexandriaShooting after Florida nightclub’s teen party leaves two deadThe complaint also charged David Allen Pettersen, 64, of Madelia, with a felony charge of dangerous discharge of a firearm in the incident that started at about 7 a.m. Pettersen reported to dispatchers that he had fired his gun at a grey vehicle that was leaving his property after an attempted burglary, the complaint said.Sgt. Saturday.The complaint accused Pettersen of negligently firing a .45 caliber handgun three times from about 10 feet away from Nicolas Thomas Embertson, 19, while Embertson was fleeing Pettersen’s home in a car with two other young men, Kyle Thomas Nason, 18, and Cornelius Ayers Jr., 18.Embertson, of Madelia, was struck by one of the shots and died later at the hospital, according to police.According to the complaint, Nason later told police that he, Embertson and Ayers went to Pettersen’s house on the 32500 block of 850th Avenue in rural Madelia to “case” it for a future burglary. Embertson and Ayers then boosted Nason up onto the deck, where he was confronted by Pettersen, the complaint said.Pettersen later told police he was in bed when he heard someone attempting to open a door, the complaint said. Embertson would later be pronounced dead at the hospital.No charges have been filed against Nason, of Sleepy Eye, Minn., and Ayers, of Madelia, but the case is still under investigation, according to Watonwan County Attorney Stephen Lindee.Man in wheelchair struck by vehicle in north Fargo”They were certainly in the wrong to begin with,” Lindee said.But once the three began to flee from Pettersen’s home, “they were leaving, presenting no more risk to him,” Lindee said.

Local students earn degrees from St. Cloud State University

ST. Cloud State University graduated more than 823 students during fall semester 2016. (January 30, 2017) – St. CLOUD, Minn. Commencement ceremonies took place Friday, December 16, 2016. Area students graduating included:—     —   —HOMETOWN, NAME, DEGREE, MAJOR, HONOR (if listed)BaxterEric Bjorklund, Bachelor of Elective Studies, Liberal Studies, Magna Cum LaudeJennifer Castle, Master of Business Administration, Business AdministrationPamala Clontz, Bachelor of Elective Studies, Liberal Studies, Summa Cum LaudeJolene Fitch, Master of Science, Rehabilitation and Addiction CounselingMary Jo Hangge, Bachelor of Elective Studies, Liberal Studies, Summa Cum LaudeBowlusKendall Dehmer, Bachelor of Elective Studies, Liberal StudiesAlexander Lindenman, Bachelor of Science, Communication Studies InterdepartmentalAlexander Lindenman, Certificate, Professional Selling SpecializationDanielle Yourczek, Bachelor of Elective Studies, Liberal StudiesBrainerdTammy Exum, Bachelor of Elective Studies, Liberal Studies, Summa Cum LaudeDawn Fimon, Bachelor of Science, Chemical DependencyDawn Fimon, Bachelor of Science, Community PsychologyBrittany Fyock, Bachelor of Science, Environmental Studies, Magna Cum LaudeLindsay Heyn, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Cum LaudeBrowervilleTyler Becker, Bachelor of Science, Community PsychologyJustin Brown, Bachelor of Science, BiochemistryBurtrumKimberly DeZurik, Bachelor of Science, Social Work, Summa Cum LaudeCushingRobert Johnson, Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies Supplementary, Summa Cum LaudeRobert Johnson, Bachelor of Arts, Theatre, Summa Cum LaudeFort RipleyRandall Oldenburg, Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Magna Cum LaudeGrey EagleHarley Cook, Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice Studies, Cum LaudeBrett Hinman, Bachelor of Science, AccountingHillmanJasmine Kruschek, Bachelor of Science, Elementary/K-6 Education, Magna Cum LaudeLittle FallsStephanie Brill, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Summa Cum LaudeLaura Donahue, Graduate Certificate, Geographic Information ScienceRobert Geisenhof, Bachelor of Science, Elementary/K-6 Education, Summa Cum LaudeHolly Leisenheimer, Bachelor of Elective Studies, Liberal Studies, Magna Cum LaudeJocelynn Moran, Bachelor of Science, Social Studies Education, Magna Cum LaudeHeather Pfannenstein, Master of Science, Educational Administration and LeadershipLuke Turner, Bachelor of Science, ManagementLong PrairiePaul Chan, Bachelor of Science, Accounting, Summa Cum LaudeLaura Geisenhof, Bachelor of Science, Elementary/K-6 Education, Summa Cum LaudeMotleyJennifer Paananen, Bachelor of Elective Studies, Community Psychology, Cum LaudePierzMcKenzie Janson, Bachelor of Science, Communication Arts and LiteratureBrian Miller, Bachelor of Arts, Business EconomicsNora Poster, Bachelor of Science, Social Work, Cum LaudePillagerJennifer Crimmins, Bachelor of Elective Studies, Liberal Studies, Magna Cum LaudeJennifer Fundine, Bachelor of Elective Studies, Liberal Studies, Summa Cum LaudeRoyaltonJeremy Grittner, Bachelor of Science, Real EMNCarrie Norberg, Bachelor of Science, Finance, Cum LaudeErika Zimmerman, Bachelor of Science, Accounting, Magna Cum LaudeStaplesElizabeth Capistrant, Graduate Certificate, Learning DisabilitiesSwanvilleKatlin Kruzel, Bachelor of Science, Social Work, Magna Cum Laude

Car strikes, kills person kneeling on road in northwest Minn.

11, 2016Crosslake man faces charges in assault on mother and daughterMN man with ‘intellectual disability’ sentenced for stabbing girlfriend to death BAUDETTE, Minn. – One person is dead after a fatal car-versus-pedestrian accident in northwest Minnesota.A man was driving in a car 12 miles north of Baudette Sunday night, Jan. Recommended for youPolice Blotter-Aug. 29. 11, 2016Crosslake man faces charges in assault on mother and daughterMN man with ‘intellectual disability’ sentenced for stabbing girlfriend to deathThe driver saw a person kneeling on the road and tried to swerve out of the way but hit the person, Minnesota State Patrol said in a statement.The victim’s name has not been released and the driver was not hurt. Recommended for youPolice Blotter-Aug.

Fighting fraud: Tips to avoid being the victim

Expected documents fail to arrive in the mail.• Unexpected charges. To catch fraud upfront, be aware of these warning signs.Fraud warning signs• Missing bills or bank statements. When applying for credit, you are denied unexpectedly or there is a dramatic decrease in credit score.• Unsolicited credit cards. We just have to do the common sense things to protect ourselves.”
Recommended for youChase ends with 2 arrestsOfficer shoots, kills suspect in downtown AlexandriaPolice Blotter: July 29, 2016 “But, unfortunately it does happen. Hacking the Internet.2 / 2FARGO — The numbers are alarming. Stolen Credit Cards in Hands of Thief Trying to Use Cards Online without Owner Permission. Start with the fraud department at the bank or credit union.If criminal fraud is committed, identity theft can be reported to the Federal Trade Commission.In the end preventing fraud requires being alert and being intentional about taking precautionary measures to ensure safety.”The fact is even though fraud is very prevalent in our world today, most of us enjoy being able to go to the store and make a purchase and we never have an issue,” Steele says. “We’re never going to call you and say, ‘Give me your social security number, your account number.’ You want to be leery of that,” Steele says.People should also be aware of email phishing where criminals create what appears to be a bank or trustworthy company, asking users to input confidential information. By going paperless with banking statements, consumers eliminate the risk of releasing sensitive information via mail.If a person is unfortunate enough to become a victim of fraud, resources are available to help. Online Payments Security and Identity Theft Concept Photo.1 / 2Hacker using laptop. Bank.The list of fraud types is seemingly endless: telemarketing fraud, healthcare and health insurance fraud, ponzi fraud, advance fee fraud and more.”The one that always concerns me the most is identity theft — having someone get all your information and start posing as you,” Steele says.In fact, according to Javelin Strategy’s “2016 Identity Fraud” report, identity theft “fraudsters have stolen $112 billion in the past six years” or approximately $35,600 per minute.That’s enough to fund an average mortgage for two years in just 60 seconds, or one year of college fees in 3 minutes.With the volumes of transactions, fraud doesn’t have a preferred time. Once those passwords are set, update them regularly. And so do the bad guys.”Though technology is great for many things, it can be a liability.”They’re wonderful tools, but you need to be on the defensive because there’s someone out there that’s trying to do the wrong thing,” Steele says.Effects of fraudIn many cases, fraud causes more damage than one could ever anticipate. Credit card, checking, savings or other account transactions don’t correlate with your spending.• Denied or fluctuating credit. The effects spiral into something bigger. “With the advent of all the technology we have nowadays — whether it’s our computers, our iPads, our cell phones, whatever it may be — we have access to so much more information. Steele says financial fraud may affect more than just banking accounts.If criminals get ahold of enough information, they can file false tax returns that result in income tax fraud, damage credit history and even cause emotional damage as anxiety arises when victims can’t pay bills, collecting agencies call or the victims themselves are accused of committing crimes.It’s undeniable that being a victim of fraud is, at the very least, a burden. “Make a list of things in your wallet and keep those — not in your wallet — but in a safe place in your home,” Steele says. “Make sure you have password protection so not just anyone, if you happen to lose it, can get right into your phone,” Steele says. Watch for misspelled words or generic attributes instead of referring to the user’s name.• Make a list of wallet items. Many banks offer technology to alert its customers if potential security risks arise.• Go paperless. “Never reuse passwords that you’ve used before,” Steel says.• Know your bank. “The merchants or the businesses — whether online or in-person — do they have the up-to-date technology to do what they can on their end to protect your account?”• Be aware of suspicious activity. “So if your wallet is ever stolen you know what you had in there if you had to report it.” This includes credit card information, medical cards, insurance, driver’s license, etc.• Sign up for security alerts. Creditors or collection agencies contact you to collect payment for items or services you didn’t purchase.Precautions to takeSteele encourages consumers to take daily precautions to avoid fraud, including:• Monitor your accounts. “Don’t take for granted that everything is going okay; check your accounts and make sure your transactions are legitimate transactions that you’re making,” Steele says. This goes for other devices such as computers and tablets as well. Alert the bank of any suspicious activity.• Set and change passwords. Credit cards you didn’t apply for show up in the mail.• Collection calls. It’s difficult to turn on the television without hearing stories of people falling victim to fraud. “You want to know who you’re doing business with,” Steele says. Consumers shouldn’t reply to phone calls, emails, texts or other communications that ask for personal information. Recommended for youChase ends with 2 arrestsOfficer shoots, kills suspect in downtown AlexandriaPolice Blotter: July 29, 2016″Every day there are scam artists that target literally millions of people and attempt to steal money or confidential banking information,” says Delton Steele, the southeast North Dakota regional president for U.S. It happens all day, every day.But where does it stem from?”Fraud can come from multiple sources,” Steele says.

Pequot Lakes High School Announces ExCEL candidates

Last spring, Pierzinski qualified for the state track meet in four events. When not participating in school activities, she volunteers by teaching ski lessons and is a member of Interact.Pierzinski, the son of Diane and Rodney Pierzinski, participates in cross country, track/field and clay target. She is a five time qualifier for the state track meet and was a member of the state champion 4×400 team last spring. In Alpine Ski she was a member of the 2015 state championship team. He has been on the “A” honor roll the past two years. McGuire is a member of the National Honor Society and has been on the A honor roll her entire high school career. He also participates in band and has received a superior rating as part of the symphonic band. He is active in National Honor Society and was also a HOBY leadership participant. Pierzinski has been a participant two times in the state cross country meet and the state track meet. Reid Pierzinski 1 / 2Grace McGuire 2 / 2Pequot Lakes High School announces its ExCEL—Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership—candidates as juniors Grace McGuire and Reid Pierzinski

ExCEL is a recognition program designed exclusively for Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities, who show leadership qualities, and who are model citizens.This is the 20th year the Minnesota State High School League has sponsored the ExCEL Award. Nominees must be a junior in high school, making satisfactory progress toward graduation requirements, participate in a MSHSL fine arts and/or athletic activity, have a leadership position in school and work voluntarily in their community.McGuire, the daughter of John McGuire and Elise Hernandez, is involved in cross country, alpine ski and track/field. McGuire is a six time letter winner. Reid volunteers with his church when he is not busy with school activities.Statewide ExCEL winners will be announced in February.