Minnesota News

Wadena Man Indicted on First Degree Murder Charge

Antonio St. Marie had been released from jail the day before the shooting

  WADENA, Minn. — A Grand Jury has indicted a Wadena man with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife in November. Antonio St. Marie had been released from jail the day before the shooting. Margaret St. Marie, 27, was found dead in their apartment. Her brother and a child were held at gunpoint. St. Marie was arrested…

Fergus Falls Jury Deliberates Over Sanity of War Veteran who Killed His Father

They did not convict him of first-degree murder since they didn't believe the crime was premeditated

  FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — The second phase of a trial for a man just convicted of killing his father is underway in Fergus Falls. A jury is considering whether 29-year-old Dustin Defiel was suffering from mental illness when he shot and killed his father, Rick, at his parent’s house last June. On Friday, they found Defiel guilty of second-degree…

Sabin Man Arrested for Underage Sex Crimes

Pope County deputies arrested 33-year-old Tyler Rosenfeldt at his house

  POPE COUNTY, Minn. — A man from Sabin, Minnesota is jailed after trying to meet a teenager for sex. Pope County deputies arrested 33-year-old Tyler Rosenfeldt at his house. Investigators say Rosenfeldt responded to an ad on social media in which a deputy was pretending to be a 14-year-old. Rosenfeldt was turned over to Clay County authorities and is…

Charges Dismissed in Minneapolis Black Lives Matter Protest Shooting

Defense attorneys have also filed motions to dismiss charges against two co-defendants

  MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Charges are dismissed against one of four men accused in the November 2015 shooting of Black Lives Matter protesters outside a Minneapolis police precinct. The men were at a protest over the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark by police. A judge has ruled prosecutors didn’t have enough evidence to support charges of felony riot against Daniel…

Evansville Man’s Threats Lead to School Lockdown Monday

The Douglas County Swat Team was activated due to the threats and weapons in the house

  EVANSVILLE, Minn. — Teachers and sports teams were kept inside a school in Evansville, Minnesota after a man threatened to kill his father. Paul Johnson, 56, called authorities on Monday saying his 32-year-old son, Matthew Nolan, had threatened to kill him with a knife in his house. He also said his son threatened to force law enforcement to kill…

Done Deal? The Star Lake Casino Project

The project would construct a third Shooting Star location on Star Lake in Otter Tail County

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — A proposed casino on an undeveloped portion of Star Lake is raising concerns and leaving questions unanswered. Members of White Earth Nation and people of Otter Tail County are asking two questions: what does progress look like and what price are they willing to pay for it? Minnesota is the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, and 25…

White Earth Officers to Begin Wearing Body Cams

They say the body cameras are viewed as a valuable asset intended to assist officers in the prosecution of offenders

  WHITE EARTH, Minn. — Police in White Earth will soon be wearing body cameras. White Earth Tribal Police is just the latest department to implement the program. Officers will begin recording audio/visual interactions. They say the body cameras are viewed as a valuable asset intended to assist officers in the prosecution of offenders. The equipment will also enable administrators…

Minnesota Police Officer Makes Plea in Fatal Shooting of Philando Castile

Yanez is charged with second degree manslaughter and two counts of unlawful discharge of a firearm because there were two other people in the car at the time of the shooting

  FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — A Minnesota police officer pleads not guilty to manslaughter and other charges in the shooting death of a black man last summer. St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez shot and killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop last July in Falcon Heights. Earlier this month, defense lawyers asked a judge to dismiss the charges, claiming the…

Done Deal? A Preview of KVRR’s Special Report on the Star Lake Casino Project

Some county leaders say the project is vital in attracting people to relocate to the county

OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn. — A new Shooting Star casino location is proposed on an undeveloped part of Star Lake in rural Otter Tail County. The project is raising concerns and leaving questions unanswered from within the White Earth Nation and from the Otter Tail community. Some county leaders say the project is vital in attracting people to relocate to…

Minnesota Preps for Budget Surplus

Gov. Dayton says he expects the projected $1.4 billion surplus from November to remain mostly unchanged

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota lawmakers are getting ready for a new estimate on the state’s expected budget surplus. Tuesday’s forecast will allow lawmakers to begin divvying up the state’s funds in a variety of competing areas. Gov. Dayton says he expects the projected $1.4 billion surplus from November to remain mostly unchanged. Dayton has said he wants to…