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Beltrami County Officials Warn of Electric Bill Scam

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Authorities are warning Minnesotans about a new scam involving electric bills.

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office says scammers have been calling residents and saying they’re with either Beltrami Electric or Otter Tail Power Company. The callers say a bill is overdue and that the resident must immediately pay it with a pre-paid card or have their power shut off.

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Missing Mankato Woman Found At Mall of America

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A Mankato woman missing since Monday was found Tuesday at the Mall of America, Blomington Police said.

Mankato police had asked the public to look for the missing woman.

Thirty-three-year-old Jessica Scofield is a vulnerable adult. She had last seen about 11:30 a.m. Monday on North Victory Drive.

St. Cloud's Grede Foundry to Start $17 Million Expansion

Iron maker Grede Foundry is expanding in St. Cloud - Photo:Grede Foundry

Grede Holdings, a foundry in St. Cloud, plans to add about 32,000-square feet to its operation.

The company announced the plan Thursday, and plans call for it to be ready by the fall of 2015.

The project will cost $17.5 million and will add about 180 jobs.

Wild Defenseman Ryan Suter Suspended Two Games

Nashville Predators center Craig Smith (15) battles Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, right, for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. - Photo: AP/Ann Heisenfelt

Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter was suspended for two games by the NHL for elbowing Pittsburgh Penguins forward Steve Downie on Tuesday.

Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement and based on his average annual salary, Suter will forfeit $81,058.72. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Wild Acquire Goalie Devan Dubnyk from Arizona in Exchange for Draft Pick

Arizona Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23), of Sweden, checks San Jose Sharks' Matt Nieto (83) to the ice in front of Coyotes goalie Devan Dubnyk, left, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday. - Photo: AP/Ross D. Franklin

The Wild have traded a third round draft pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft to Arizona for back-up goalie Devan Dubnyk. Dubnyk will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

In 19 games this year, he has a .916 save percentage. That's better than both Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper.

6 Jurors Selected So Far for Trial of Accused Mendota Heights Cop Killer

Jury selection ended for the day Wednesday in the trial of 40-year-old Brian Fitch Sr., who is charged with killing Officer Scott Patrick during a July 30 traffic stop.

On Wednesday, three women and  three men were chosen as potential jurors were chosen.

The jury selection process is expected to take the entire week.

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Minnesota in 2014 Had Second Fewest Traffic Deaths Since 1944

The number of traffic deaths in Minnesota last year was at the second lowest level since 1944, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said Wednesday.