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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Thursday confirmed the first capture of an invasive silver carp on the St. Croix River east of the Twin Cities. The invasive species from Asia has been in the Mississippi River for several years but hadn't previously been confirmed in the St. Croix as the species continues its northward migration.
ST. PAUL—Stating that his case has become an "omnipresent spectacle," Jeronimo Yanez's defense attorneys are asking for his trial against manslaughter charges in Philando Castile's death to be moved out of the Twin Cities metro area. The request is rooted in what the St. Anthony police officer's team of attorneys describe as an onslaught of "slanted" media coverage that has dominated local newspapers and TV coverage since Yanez fatally shot Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights on July 6, according to a legal memo filed late Tuesday seeking a change of venue.
BEMIDJI, Minn. —Three individuals were injured early Sunday morning after a shooting in Bemidji. According to a news release from Bemidji Chief of Police Mike Mastin, the police department and Beltrami County Sheriff's Office received a report of two people with gunshot wounds at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center at about 4:16 a.m. Sunday. A 25-year-old female and a 28-year-old male, both Bemidji residents, were identified as victims. Officers later learned of a third victim, a 31-year-old male from West Fargo, N.D. None of the wounds were life-threatening.
GRAND FORKS—A Crookston, Minn., woman will spend more than three years behind bars after police found in her bra heroin she intended to sell. Cynthia Esquivel, 45, was sentenced Monday, March 13, in Grand Forks District Court for possessing heroin with intent to manufacture or deliver, a Class A felony. The charge stems from a July 7 arrest at the Grand Forks Inn, according to court documents. Esquivel, who was renting a room at the hotel, was on probation for a Polk County charge, but officers searched the room after they found out she had a "large amount of heroin."
ATV crash injures two in north-central Minnesota NELSON, Minn.—Two people from Nelson were injured in an all-terrain vehicle crash Saturday evening in Douglas County. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office responded at 5:34 p.m. Sunday to a report of an overturned ATV near Nelson, or about 115 miles southeast of Fargo. The driver, 28-year-old Aaron Joseph Salo, and his passenger, Diane Linda Danner, 53, were taken to hospitals.
MINNEAPOLIS—Hennepin County prosecutors on Thursday dismissed rape and stalking charges against a University of Minnesota law professor, saying they could not verify the accusations of his former girlfriend. Francesco Parisi, 54, was arrested in February and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and felony stalking. Both charges were dismissed.
MINNEAPOLIS—Rep. Collin Peterson clawed his way to culinary excellence with his "Right to Bear Arms" bear-meat hotdish, winning the seventh-annual Minnesota congressional delegation "Hotdish Off" competition Wednesday, March 8. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., started the event as a way to bring the delegation together and celebrate a state tradition. Peterson beat out Franken, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and Reps. Betty McCollum, Tim Walz, Keith Ellison, Erik Paulsen, Rick Nolan, Tom Emmer and Jason Lewis, Franken said in a news release on his Twitter account.
ST. PAUL—A man is accused of storing and sharing scores of pornographic images of children after investigators traced a flagged Skype account to his St. Paul address, charges say. Benjamin Aaron Festa, 35, was charged via warrant this month in Ramsey County District Court with 20 felony counts of possessing pornographic works involving minors. Festa could not be reached for comment Monday and does not appear to have retained an attorney.
ZIMMERMAN, Minn.—A pair of tornadoes reportedly touched down in Minnesota on Monday as a band of severe weather moved through the Midwest. If confirmed, the tornadoes would be the earliest in the state's recorded history. The storm system largely missed the Twin Cities, which received only brief thundershowers, but it flattened trees and dropped ping-pong ball-size hail in areas to the north and south of the metro, according to Lisa Schmit, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
PAYNESVILLE, Minn. — A pilot was seriously injured when his small, experimental plane crashed Saturday afternoon in a field near the Paynesville Airport. According to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, Michael Jude, 71, of St.