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Charges: Youth Pastor in Savage Used Church Contacts to Solicit Minors

Matthew Boos mug shot - Photo: Douglas County Sheriff's Office

A 24-year-old youth pastor from Savage has been charged with two felonies after allegedly using social media sites to engage in graphic conversations and solicit minors.

Minn. Man Who Caught 52 Pound Fish Pleaded Guilty to Catching Too Many

A Minnesota man who likely would have set a world fishing record pleaded guilty to being in possession of one too many fish.

Rob Scott of Crane Lake caught a 52 pound lake trout last month just over the Minnesota border into Canada. But it was Scott's second fish of the day and Canadian rules say just one lake trout per day. 

Tornado Damages Farms in Western Minnesota

Severe weather near Minneota  - Photo: Ronnie Vlaminck

A tornado has damaged at least three farms in rural Minnesota, but no injuries are reported.
    
Yellow Medicine County Sheriff Bill Flaten said in a statement the tornado was reported about 4 p.m. Monday southeast of St. Leo.
    

Waseca Parents Upset after Delay of Info about Explosives Found on School Playground

The Waseca School District is making robocalls to families whose children attend Hartley Elementary after three small explosives were discovered at Hartley Elementary School playground last Monday.

Two of the explosives were found detonated, one of which was found inside a toy. The third explosive failed to ignite. Police say no one was hurt.

Teacher of the Year Candidate Field Narrowed to 10 Finalists

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Ten teachers are still in the running to be named the Minnesota Teacher of the Year.

A selection panel of 25 community leaders met in March to narrow the field from 33 semifinalists to 10 finalists, and the winner will be announced during a banquet on May 4.

Community Members Asked to Help Record Lake 'Ice-Off' Dates

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It’s a sign that our brutal winter may finally be coming to an end – the spring thaw is here, and ice is starting to disappear from local lakes.

To help track climate trends and keep accurate records, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is asking community members to document when the ice disappears from lakes, or the ice-off data.

Employee Shot Outside Bar in Downtown St. Cloud, 1 in Custody

A bar employee was injured and another man was taken into custody after a shooting outside a downtown St. Cloud Bar on Saturday morning.

Officers responded to a gunshot complaint just after midnight outside the Press Bar and Parlor.

Officers believe an argument between a bar worker and some people he threw out, led to the shooting.