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Verdict Reached in Ex-Minn. Police Chief Sex Case

After almost five hours of deliberation Thursday, a Mower County jury reached a verdict in the case of the former Brownsdale police chief accused of sexually assaulting a woman last year.

Princeton Teacher Surprised with $25,000 Milken Educator Award

It was a big day for a fifth-grade teacher at Princeton's North Elementary.

Angela Harvala was the surprised winner of the National Milken Educator Award that comes with a $25,000 prize.

The announcement was made Thursday during a school assembly with students, teachers and local dignitaries present.

Fire Marshal: Replace Batteries in CO, Smoke Detectors this Weekend

This year when we are all turning our clocks back over the weekend, State Fire Marshal Bruce West is urging Minnesotans to put fresh batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, fire alarms need to be checked monthly and batteries changed at least once a year. The alarms should be replaced after 10 years.

Poison Control Experts Warn about Popular Halloween Glow Sticks

The countdown is on.

In no time, trick-or-treaters will take to our neighborhoods. They'll be all dressed up, and some will even be glowing in the dark because of ever-popular glow sticks.

Glow sticks are fun and often help parents keep tabs on their kids in the dark, but the Minnesota Poison Control Center says they can pose a problem.

Patient Sentenced in St. Peter Security Hospital Killing

A man who pleaded guilty to killing another patient at the Minnesota Security Hospital has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.
Thirty-two-year-old Darnell Whitefeather was accused of stomping on the head of 41-year-old Michael Francis Douglas as many as 30 times on Jan. 22.

Owatonna Police Warn Residents after Several Burglaries in Past 7 Days

Owatonna police are warning residents about several burglaries reported around the city since Oct. 22.

Police say five burglaries or attempted burglaries have happened at residents. Three were in the area of Manthey Park and two were near Oak Avenue South and School Street.

Brainerd Votes to Stop Chlorinating City Water

The Brainerd Public Utilities Board has decided to stop chlorinating the city's water.
A storm knocked out the Brainerd water system's pressure last month, opening the door to possible contamination. Public Utilities Superintendent Scott Magnuson says the whole system had to be flushed with chlorine.