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MELROSE, Minn. -- Investigators are offering a reward of up to $7,500 for information leading to the arrest of suspected arsonists in the March burning of a Melrose church. The fire at the Church of St. Mary in Melrose was started in the afternoon of March 11 by incendiary devices, according to a press release from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Fire investigators place the damage to the west side of the church at more than $5 million, the release said. The church was built in 1898 and is on the U.S. National Register of Historic PLaces.
NEW ULM, Minn. -- Food and beverage company Kraft Heinz will invest more than $100 million in its southern Minnesota production facilities in New Ulm. The expansion will add four new production lines and add 50 jobs to the local economy, according to a press release from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. DEED is providing Kraft Heinz with a $450,00 loan that can be forgiven if hiring and investment goals are met.
CROOKSTON, Minn.—A Canadian company with a plant in Crookston has expanded a recall of sunflower kernel products due to a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. SunOpta, based in the Toronto area, called the expansion a "precaution" in a news release issued Wednesday. The initial recall was limited to sunflower kernel products produced at its Crookston facility between Feb. 1 and 19, and the expansion includes products produced Feb. 20 to April 21.
WILLISTON, N.D. — The largest prize ever won in the history of the North Dakota Lottery is unclaimed after being sold at a Kum & Go store in Williston. According to the North Dakota Lottery, the Mega Millions ticket drawn Tuesday evening is worth $3 million. The winning numbers are 17, 24, 27, 48, 75 and the Mega Ball is 6. The winner has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim their prize. The ticket matched all white balls making it worth $1 million. Because the lottery player added a Megaplier feature, the prize tripled.
FARGO—Through an autopsy, Fargo police have confirmed a 40-year-old woman died from "homicidal violence," but they're not disclosing her exact cause of death to avoid jeopardizing their investigation, Deputy Chief Joe Anderson said. The woman, Cory Terlecky, was found dead in her south Fargo home on Sunday evening, May 15. Investigators have identified Landon Lauwagie as a person of interest in her case, police said.
ST. PAUL -- Transportation funding is being discussed at the highest levels of Minnesota government Tuesday, a sign of progress as lawmakers must finish passing legislation by midnight Sunday.
WILLISTON, N.D. — The president of Williston State College is resigning at the end of his contract next year. Ray Nadolny announced his resignation Monday. It will be effective June 30, 2017. Nadolny has been president of WSC for seven years. "I made a commitment (to remain in Williston) for three years," Nadolny said in a news release from the college. "I got swept up in the excitement of Williston and with aging parents and family separated on two coasts, it is time to be closer to those I have been away from over the past seven years."
FARGO — A Moorhead, Minn., man pleaded guilty on Monda in Cass County District Court in Fargo to a charge of gross sexual imposition. The charge against Mitchell B. Hines, 60, accused him of inappropriately touching and exposing himself to a 10-year-old girl. According to court documents, the incidents happened between June 2014 and April 2015. Sentencing will be at a later date. Additional charges are pending against Hines in Clay County District Court, where he faces two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo.—A bison calf that tourists at Yellowstone National Park put in their vehicle last week had to be euthanized after its herd rejected it, park officials said Monday. The incident led park officials to make renewed calls for visitors to respect wildlife and safety regulations. In recent weeks, the park says visitors "have been engaging in inappropriate, dangerous and illegal behavior with wildlife."
CUSTER, S.D. — A 50-year-old Missouri woman was recovering in a Rapid City hospital this weekend after being gored by a buffalo in Custer State Park in the Black Hills. The woman’s name was not released. According to the Custer County emergency management, she was gored in the stomach by a 5-year-old bull. She was lifeflighted to the Rapid City Regional Hospital.