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Nationally known search-and-rescue dive team works on two Minnesota cold cases

MINNEAPOLIS. -- Adventures with Purpose is an Oregon-based search-and-rescue dive team telling the stories of the untold, by finding those who've been missing for decades.The six-man team takes on cold cases across the country and has brought closure to dozens of families.Now, they're hoping to resolve two Minnesota mysteries. On Tuesday, they searched the St. Croix River by Taylors Falls looking for any sign of Georgia Smith. The 76-year-old grandmother was last seen driving her blue Mercedes to her cabin in Wisconsin back in 1999.On Wednesday, they searched in the Mississippi River just below the dam in downtown Minneapolis searching for...
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Sheriff: Driver shoots at bikers in Ham Lake before leading police on wrong-way chase

ANDOVER, Minn. – Two people suspected of shooting at motorcyclists, before leading police on a wrong-way chase, are now in custody.The Anoka County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called to Lexington Avenue and Constance Boulevard in Ham Lake just before 2 p.m. Wednesday after reports came in that someone in a BMW sedan had fired shots at three bikers.  Deputies and officers from other agencies soon tracked down the BMW, which sped off, then drove against traffic on Highways 65 and 10. The chase came to an end when the BMW "struck an Anoka County Sheriff's Office squad and crashed into a tree" in Blaine near Jefferson Street and 91st Avenue.A man and woman who were inside the BMW were both arrested. The woman suffered minor injuries and was taken to an area hospital. No one else was hurt in the shooting and crash.
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Mother sues Walmart after child's death in parking lot

FRIDLEY, Minn. — A Coon Rapids woman is suing Walmart over a 2019 fire in the parking lot of the company's Fridley store that took the life of her 6-year-old daughter. Essie McKenzie alleges that Walmart's policy to allow RVs and other vehicles camp in their store parking lots led a California couple to stay overnight in August of 2019, and eventually use a hotplate that started McKenzie's van on fire with her two children sleeping inside. The lawsuit alleges wrongful death, and says by allowing people to camp with no supervision, permit requirements or sanitation, Walmart has maintained dangerous conditions on store grounds.

Rep. John Thompson's often-controversial term ends in DFL primary rout

(FOX 9) - A state representative who often generated headlines for conduct during his first tenure was defeated by a nearly 80-point margin in Tuesday’s primary election. Rep. John Thompson received 11.07% compared to challenger Liz Lee’s 88.93% to be the DFL candidate to represent District 67A in St. Paul come November.

Shooting Leads to Wild Search in Northern Twin Cities

Blaine, MN (KROC-AM News) - Authorities in the northern Twin Cities area are reporting a wild chase that followed a report of shots being fired from a car at several motorcyclists this afternoon. The Anoka County Sheriff's Office says the shooting was reported around 1:50 PM in the City of...

Body of Minnesota Fisherman Recovered from River

Stillwater, MN (KROC-AM News)- Rescue teams recovered the body of a 43-year-old White Bear Lake man from the St. Croix River Monday afternoon. A news release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to the report of an abandoned boat floating along the Minnesota shoreline north of Stillwater around 9 a.m. Monday. Investigators identified the man through the boat’s registration information and were able to confirm the man went out fishing Sunday night and did not return home.

New Snocross Team Brings Back X Games Winner Petter Narsa

A new national snocross team was announced the morning of August 10, and it includes the return of an X Games champion to the North American snocross scene. The Skogquist Race Team will feature Petter Narsa as its Pro driver for the 2022-23 snocross season. Narsa was a mainstay for several years on No. 54 Polaris, competing for Hentges Racing. His first big breakthrough win came at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, in March of 2016. The following year, he struck gold at the X Games in Aspen, Colorado. With Skogquist, Narsa will switch to Ski-Doo equipment. The press release photo above shows a No. 17 sled, but the team’s Facebook page says Narsa will rock the No. 27.

James “Jimmy” Fox

James “Jimmy” Fox, age 50, of Isanti passed away unexpectedly July 29, 2022 in Cook, MN. James Richard Fox was born Feb. 16, 1972 in Minneapolis, MN to Gary and Colleen (DeGroff) Fox. He grew up in the East Bethel area and graduated from St. Francis High School in 1990. Jimmy married Julie in 2001 and they were blessed with a son, Zachary. They made their home in Isanti. Jimmy worked as a Yardmaster at BNSF for 30 years where he had many friends. He was a social person with an infectious smile and everyone who knew him liked him. Jimmy loved fishing, hunting, football, fantasy football, motorcycling and snowmobiling.

Barbara Jean Fellerer

Barbara Fellerer, age 73, of Cambridge died peacefully at home Aug. 5, 2022. Barbara Jean Fellerer was born Dec. 2, 1948 in Hibbing, Minnesota to Ludwig and Caroline (Fremgen) Lamprecht. She grew up in the Hibbing area and graduated from Hibbing High School in 1966. On July 7, 1983 Barbara married Robert Fellerer. They made their home in several places around the Twin Cities. Barbara worked as a Registered Nurse at Midway Hospital in St. Paul, St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood and at Aitkin Hospital. After Barbara and Bob retired they moved to Lake Washburn and then to Cambridge 12 years ago. They loved to travel and visited many places including the Arctic Circle, Europe, the Caribbean, Alaska and they wintered in Arizona for several years. Barbara loved to sew and she made many quilts for her family.

Gag Order Issued as Minnesota Cold Case Murder Trial Begins

Minneapolis, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Hennepin County judge has issued a gag order in a "cold case" murder trial that is just getting underway in Minneapolis. Jury selection began on Monday for the trial of 54-year-old Jerry Westrom. He is charged with first-degree murder for the 1993 slaying of a young woman working as a prostitute. He was finally charged with the crime in 2019 after investigators used a napkin that he discarded at a hockey game to obtain a DNA sample that linked him to the previously unsolved murder.
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Dorothy J. Johnson

Dorothy Jeanette Johnson (Nelson), of Braham, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, at her home in rural Braham. She was 91 years old.