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Minnesota Auto Mogul, Denny Hecker, Soon to be Released from Halfway House

Hecker had been in prison since October 2011 for bankruptcy fraud and wire fraud

MINNEAPOLIS — Disgraced former Twin Cities auto mogul Denny Hecker will soon be a free man. His lawyer confirmed Tuesday that Hecker has been released to a halfway house in Minneapolis and that he will be free to move on his own on Thursday. She said he “sounds upbeat and healthy and cheerful, really sounds invigorated.” Hecker had been in…

Minnesota Man Arrested for 28th DWI

An off-duty deputy saw Bettcher drinking at the VFW before getting into his car

NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. — The man with the record for the most DWI convictions in Minnesota has been arrested again. It is the 28th DWI arrest for 64-year-old Danny Bettcher of rural New York Mills. An off-duty deputy saw Bettcher drinking at the VFW before getting into his car. Another officer followed Bettcher on Highway 10 where he was…

Convicted Murderer Serving Life in Prison for Killing Minot Woman Has Request of Court

He was sentenced in May to life in prison

MINOT, ND — A Minot man convicted of killing his ex-wife by stabbing her 44 times wants to see their kids. Richie Wilder Jr. was convicted of murder in the November 2015 death of 30-year-old Angila Wilder. He was sentenced in May to life in prison. Judge Gary Lee originally ordered a lifetime ban on contact between Wilder and his…

Minot Man Arrested After Reports of a Child Eating from a Trash Can

They found 31-one-year-old Cory Walhood allegedly too drunk to care for the children

MINOT, ND — A Minot man is accused of being too drunk to care for the four children in his house. Officers responded on August 25 after a report of a child eating out of a trash can. They found 31-one-year-old Cory Walhood allegedly too drunk to care for the children. They ranged in age from 2 years to 12…

Alexandria Teen, Missing for 29 Days, Describes Escaping from Alleged Abductors

Police said three people have been arrested after 15-year-old Jasmine Block was found late Tuesday afternoon

1/4 Jasmine Block, 15, Alexandria Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4 Joshua Holby, 31, Carlos, Minnesota Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4 Steven Powers, 20, Mankato, Minnesota Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 Thomas Barker, 32, Carlos, Minnesota Show Caption Hide Caption ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — Alexandria Police have released more information into the case of a missing teen nearly a month ago. Police…

Ashley Hunter Sentenced to Two Life Terms in Prison Without Parole

Samuel Traut's family gave speeches to the court

FARGO, ND — The question “do you have any siblings” is one Sally Traut will never answer the same. “What do I say? Do I say I don’t have any siblings just to simplify it? Do I say ‘one’ and just move on, making them think I don’t particularly enjoy my sibling,” Sally said. For Sally’s mother MaryAnn, it’s hard…

Lidgerwood Man Arrested After Six Hour Standoff

People living nearby were evacuated during the standoff

  LIDGERWOOD, ND — A Lidgerwood man is facing a felony reckless endangerment charge after a six-hour standoff with authorities. The incident on Monday began when officers responded to a report that 39-year-old Michael Skroch was allegedly terrorizing someone with a sword. Authorities say attempts to negotiate with Skroch were unsuccessful. Officers twice fired tear gas into the home and…

Relative of Gordon Winrod’s Victims Worried He’s Re-Establishing Cult in Kulm

The new owners of the former Kulm High School are the daughter and son-in-law of white supremacist Pastor Gordon Winrod

  KULM, ND — Some people in Kulm, North Dakota are worried that a cult leader is moving into their small town. The new owners of the former Kulm High School are the daughter and son-in-law of white supremacist Pastor Gordon Winrod. He served about 10 years in a Missouri prison for kidnapping his grandchildren from their home near Edgeley…

Minot Man Charged with Theft After Pocketing Money Found on the Floor

The victim said he thought he had put the money back in his pocket

  MINOT, ND — It’s the age old question. If you found money on the ground, what would you do? One man from Minot found out the hard way. Nicholas Skelly, 28, is charged with theft of property lost, mislaid or delivered by mistake after he pocketed over $1,000 in cash he found on a Minot hardware store floor. He…

Father of Philando Castile Requesting Portion of $3 Million Settlement from Prison

Castile's mother, Valerie, has petitioned the court for $2 million with the remaining amount going to attorneys

  HENNEPIN COUNTY, Minn. — The father of Philando Castile wants a portion of the $3 million settlement reached in his death. Phelix Frazier Sr. is serving a life term in federal prison on drug trafficking charges. Frazier has asked a Hennepin County judge to give him $500,000 and disputes claims that he was absent from his son’s life. Castile’s…