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Atwater Police Chief Allegedly Decapitates Boy's Pet Chicken

A woman is accusing a south central Minnesota police chief of trespassing and animal cruelty after he allegedly decapitating a family's pet chicken.

Atwater Police Chief Trevor Berger cut the head off a chicken in August as a child watched, according to a complaint filed by resident Ashley Turnbull and reviewed Tuesday.

Rochester-Area Fugitive Captured over Labor Day Weekend in California

A fugitive out of both Olmsted and Wabasha counties was captured over the weekend in California.

Greg Ahlers, 48, of Lake City ran from Rochester police back in May, triggering a massive manhunt. He managed to avoid arrest for four months.

His run came to an end over the Labor Day weekend in Corona, California.

St. Cloud Man Arrested for Peeking, Exposure Reports

A 33-year-old St. Cloud man was arrested Tuesday in connection to a month-long investigation of a number of window peeking and exposure reports.

 An officer from the Campus Area Police Services unit initiated the investigation after the patrol unit took a prowler complaint on the 500 block of Sixth Ave. South, on Aug. 3, around 9:30 p.m.

Faribault Police Look for Missing 17-Year-Old Girl

Ramlo Hassan Ali - Photo: Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

Faribault police are looking for a 17-year-old girl who disappeared after telling friends she was going on a road trip.

Police say Ramlo Hassan Ali was last seen on Aug. 25 before running away. She told friends she was leaving on a road trip and the less they knew the better.

New Initiatives in Place for Students Heading Back to School

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Many students across the state will head back to school Tuesday, and children and parents might notice new changes this year.

Here are some new initiatives in place this year:

All-Day Kindergarten

Mankato Student Remains in Coma after Long Fall from Parking Ramp

A Minnesota State University student remains in a coma in Milwaukee, weeks after he fell from a parking ramp after a night of drinking.

A Mankato Free Press report says heartbroken family and friends are still trying to piece together the circumstances of that night.

$2.2M Wind Turbine at Veterans Affairs Site Idle

A $2.2 million wind turbine at a Department of Veterans Affairs facility in St. Cloud remains broken, and a series of repairs has been ineffective.
A St. Cloud Times report says there have been similar issues with wind turbines at VA facilities in two other states.