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The remains of a Minnesota sailor are being returned home 76 years after he was killed in action during World War II. U.S. Navy 2nd Class Radioman Quinten Gifford was among the 429 crewmen who died aboard the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. For years, the Navy listed the Mankato sailor as Lost in Action, but the recent identification of his remains has brought his family a sense of closure. "We always had hope that someday we'd see him come to the door and that there might have been a mistake," said June Shoen, Quinten Gifford's sister.
A New Richmond man previously convicted of sending lewd photos to minors was sentenced for violating the terms of his probation after authorities said he “blackmailed” several teenagers into sending sexual images of themselves earlier this year.
Art was in the air last weekend in Afton, as visitors gathered for the city's annual Art in the Park Fair. In its 39th year, the outdoor art fair drew thousands to the Afton's Old Village where several dozen artists displayed their work. Artists ranged from a variety of mediums, including fine arts, crafts, sculpture, apparel, photography and more. Local artists transformed Adirondack chairs into works of art, ranging from Afton landmarks to reimagined classic works of art.
A 39-year-old western Wisconsin man suspected of jumping bail is in custody after an hours-long standoff with authorities in Woodville Sunday, Sept. 24. Multiple agencies responded after 9 a.m. to a home on the 700 block of Lilac Drive to serve an arrest warrant for Lawrence J. Thomas of Eau Claire who is accused of failing to appear in court on drug-related charges in Eau Claire County.
Before the autumn colors coat the St. Croix River Valley, local and regional artists will be adding their own flair this weekend during Afton's annual Art in the Park fair. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at Town Square Park, with other activities around Afton's Old Village. In its 39th year, the outdoor art fair touts more than 100 vendors, live music, food and artists from various mediums, including, fine arts, traditional crafts, jewelry, pottery, photography and apparel.
Metropolitan areas in Minnesota and Wisconsin have seen significant declines in the number of impaired driving offenses, but the rate of drunken driving in rural areas remains high. Minnesota's Dakota, Washington and Hennepin counties saw the steepest reductions in chronically impaired drivers between 2015 and 2016. Hennepin, Minnesota's largest county, experienced nearly a 100-person drop in DWI convictions for a fourth or higher DWI offense.
A rash of armed hotel robberies across the region has authorities asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects. Police have noted five hotel robberies in the past month between 11 p.m. and the early morning hours in Woodbury, Hastings, Red Wing, Inver Grove Heights and North Branch. Woodbury Public Safety described two men in their mid-20s or early-30s.
A Wisconsin dairy group is challenging whether the state can require farmers to obtain operating permits that aren't required under federal law. In a lawsuit filed last month by the Wisconsin Dairy Business Association, the group argues the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has long overstepped its authority in regulating large animal farms. A court win could widely impact the state's ability to oversee manure storage and disposal practices unless they can show a farm had contaminated wells and surface waters.
Ramsey Lee values his independence. Born with cerebral palsy and confined to a wheelchair, the 37-year-old Hudson resident uses Medicaid for his personal and supportive home care because he's unable to dress or feed himself, shower and do other activities for daily living. Despite needing help for routine tasks, he was able to earn a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in business administration. The services Lee receives allow him to live in his home, a cheaper arrangement than if he lived in a nursing home.
The steady increase of ACL injuries among high school athletes has some trainers and sports medicine professionals raising concerns about the prevalence of the painful knee injury. They say the higher level of play and competition, as well as pressures to play one sport in high school, are among the factors driving new injuries. ACL tears often occur in basketball, soccer and football because they involve frequent pivots, shifts and jumps, which put added strain on players' knees.