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Credit Forum News Service Minnesota Father of infant left in van charged with manslaughter MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Prosecutors filed a manslaughter charge Tuesday against the father of a 5-month-old girl who died when he left her in a hot van for hours last week -- a death that came after police had visited the home three times in the last three years on reports of child neglect or endangerment. The felony charge alleges Andrew Sandstrom, 24, was neglectful in causing the death of Christiana Sandstrom, who will be buried in a funeral today.
MADISON -- A debate over the new state budget lasted only 15 minutes in the Assembly Tuesday, as majority Republicans spent most of their time behind closed doors adding some last-minute items. The debate was scheduled to resume at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday and a vote was set for 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, under new rules aimed at discouraging all-night sessions. The Senate is currently scheduled to take up the two-year, $68 billion budget Thursday.
A Minnesota man was seriously injured in a boating incident on East Balsam Lake on Sunday, June 16. The accident, which occurred around 12:30 p.m., involved Mark Daniel Mann, 25, of Maple Grove, Minn., and the operator of a boat, Andrew James Iverson, 23, of Minneapolis. Mann was operating stand up style jet ski. Iverson was operating 20' Mastercraft wake-boat, which was owned by mann's father. Mann came off his jet ski in front of the boat while the boat was stationary.
The warning sirens blew in New Richmond, but storm clouds stayed to the north and east Monday afternoon around 2 p.m. Local farmer Jeff Croes from Croes Udder Dairy just west of Deer Park reported more than an inch of rain fell in about 15 minutes. A huge blast of hail also fell within a 30-second period, turning some spots white like snow. Hail was also reported in the Osceola area earlier in the afternoon. There were no specific damage reports immediately.
The Stillwater Lift Bridge will close to vehicle traffic for a couple hours today, Wednesday, beginning at noon. The closure became necessary after a cable snapped Sunday, June 16, at around 8 p.m. -- leaving the lift area of the bridge in the down position. Since then boat passage along the St. Croix River has been limited. Vehicle traffic has been able to continue to use the span. Minnesota Department of Transportation officials said the bridge is expected to reopen to cars by 4 p.m.
Credit Forum News Service North Dakota Lightning causes fire at oil facility KEENE, N.D. -- A lightning strike at a saltwater disposal facility near here caused an explosion and a fire Friday morning but did not cause any injuries. Jerry Samuelson, emergency manager for McKenzie County, said lightning struck a tank owned by Murex Petroleum about 8 a.m. Friday. That tank exploded and caused three other tanks to catch fire, Samuelson said.
To the Editor: A concern of ours currently is cyberbullying. This topic came to our attention when we watched a movie called "Cyberbully." Cyberbullying can be malicious and has taken many teens' lives. Cyberbullying has gotten worse and easier because there is more technology now than before. We are worried that our fellow students will fall victim to cyberbullying. Many government officials say there is nothing they can do about cyberbullying because it's on the Internet. We believe there can be more moderation and supervision.
The 36th graduation ceremony of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Physician Assistant Program was conducted on May 17 of this year. As part of the gathering, the program presented its annual "Preceptor of the Year Award" in appreciation for outstanding clinical instruction provided by a working physician's assistant.
After evaluating three different potential sites for a new skatepark, New Richmond may have found the perfect location. At Monday's regular City Council meeting, Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director Joe Kerlin said the city's Park Board has recommended land on the southern end of Cyclone Park for the proposed skatepark. The location sits directly across from the New Richmond Police Department office, on a small piece of land along Knowles Avenue. Kerlin said he needs to check on one issue prior to recommending approval from the council.
(The following may not be completely true.) The local fairy population blossomed in the early years of New Richmond's history. According to Mary Sather, local historian, the community's first documented fairy settler was Mr. Pixie Paperjack, who arrived in town thanks to a strong northeast wind in the summer of 1857. At the time, only a few humans and a couple buildings existed along the Willow River. Because fairies shy away from direct contact with people, Paperjack chose to set up his homestead along a creek to the south of town.