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MINNESOTA NEWS BRIEFS: Search continues for missing East Grand Forks boy

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn.-- The search continues today(thurs) for a missing 11-year-old boy near East Grand Forks.

Sheriff's officials say Anthony Kuznia was reported missing Wednesday afternoon and they're concerned because he's autistic and may be drawn to the Red River. Anthony is also known to explore campers, RVs, and ATVs. Authorities are asking people in the area to check campers, tents or out buildings they have on their property. The boy was last seen wearing a grey T-shirt with black lettering and plaid shorts. 

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 A man was killed after falling from a tractor Wednesday night in Esko. Carlton County authorities say 76-year-old Willard Quiram was taken to St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth and died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.

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Duluth Police are investigating a possible abduction. A woman called police after she says a black Ford Expedition pulled up to her and a man got out of the vehicle and shoved her before forcing a 14-year old girl into the vehicle. The woman says there were three other people in the SUV. The potential victim hasn't been identified, but is described as a Native American with long black hair. The possible kidnapper is described as a Native American male, about 5-1?with braided black hair. The witness says he was carrying a police-style baton and had a black bandanna on his face. 

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 Minneapolis Police say two people were shot early this morning in a packed bar, and one of them received critical injuries. One victim was shot in the stomach and the back at Champions Bar and is listed in critical condition; the other is listed as stable. Police have not released any information about a possible suspect, and say the case remains under investigation.

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A female inmate at the Hennepin County jail died yesterday after suffering an apparent seizure. Hennepin County Sheriff's officials say the 38-year-old inmate was given immediate medical care and taken to the hospital by ambulance, where she died a short time later. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner is investigating. 

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Eight people were injured, one seriously, when a bull broke out of it's enclosure at the Dakota County Fairgrounds in Farmington and charged through crowds at the fair. Dakota County Sheriff's officials say one woman suffered a serious head injury and was flown to the hospital by helicopter. Neither her name or current condition have been released. The seven others injured, including a child, did not require hospitalization. The incident happened during a bull-riding event. A deputy at the fairgrounds fired two bullets into the stampeding animal about 15 minutes after it got loose and it was rounded up and placed back in it's pen. The deputy suffered minor injuries. 

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A Willmar man has been sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison for the rape of a Willmar teen last summer, and may soon be sent to Texas to face murder charges. 22-year-old Esequiel Gomez Junior plead guilty to raping the 14-year-old girl last July, and police say evidence in that rape case matched DNA collected in a rape and murder in Tulia, Texas last year. Texas authorities want to try Gomez for the killing of an elderly woman, but Kandiyohi County Attorney Jenna Fischer says Gomez is trying to prevent being extradited to Texas -- where he could face the death penalty. Texas will now go through the procedure to get Gomez out of prison in Minnesota so they can try him for the Texas murder. Gomez still faces Minnesota charges of being a fugitive from justice from Texas, and a hearing on that charge is expected to take place September 17th.

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The initial court hearing for a Wisconsin man accused of killing and dismembering a man from St. Paul was postponed for a fourth time yesterday, after 26-year-old Kou Thao's lawyer asked the judge in Wausau to determine whether his client is competent to stand trial. 58-year-old Tong Hang was reported missing in April, and his body was found more than a week later in Milwaukee. Thao's brother-in-law admitted that he helped wrap the body in a tarp and put it in Thao's car. Thao was arrested after police found body parts in a car and in a Milwaukee home, but his brother-in-law has not been charged. A date for the competency hearing has not been set.

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A new report puts Minnesota among the top wind energy producers and users in the country. Jose  Zayas with the U.S. Department of Energy says Minnesota now gets 17-percent of its power from wind. He says in terms of cumulative capacity, Minnesota ranks seventh in the U.S. In terms of penetration, that is how much comes from wind energy, the state ranks fourth. Southern Minnesota, especially the south west corner, has the highest wind potential in the state.

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The Todd County Sheriff's Department is warning about a scam involving a black top company. David Kapphahn of Bertha called authorities to file a complaint against a company called Black Top Boy Paving. Representatives of the company told Kapphahn they were working with the State on a Highway 71 project. He was told they had an over-run of black top, and could pave his driveway. After the work was done, he received a bill for almost ten times the original agreement. Sheriff's officials advise everyone to get a detailed quote prior to having any work done.

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An unusual ATV accident sent a Long Prairie teenager to the hospital last (Wed) night. Police say the young man was riding the quad on the road when a deer ran into the street. The vehicle hit the deer and the boy was thrown from the ATV. He was not seriously hurt.

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One of three winning Powerball tickets was sold right in Minnesota - in Anoka County. State Lottery Director Ed Van Petten says last night's Powerball jackpot was worth $448 million. He says the annuity option would mean about $149-million for the Minnesota ticket, or $58-million after taxes if the winner chooses the cash option.  Van Petten says Anoka County's winning streak didn't end there. A Gopher 5 ticket worth $874.000 was also sold in that county.  ________________________________________

Hundreds of people remain without power after the wind and hail storm that hit west and central Minnesota Tuesday night. Most of the remaining outages are in the Twin Cities metro, with large clusters in Bloomington and Minnetonka. Xcel Energy has not yet provided an estimate for service restoration. The company says more than 70,000 customers had no electricity after the storms struck, and only around 1,000 homes and business are still awaiting restoration.

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A search warrant shows that Kira Steger's cellphone was sold shortly after her February disappearance and later turned up overseas. The phone ended up in the hands of an electronics reseller in St. Paul and was eventually tracked to Indonesia. The 30-year-old was reported missing February 24, and her estranged husband Jeffery Trevino was arrested after a large amount of her blood was found in their St. Paul home. Kira's body was recovered from the Mississippi River in May. Trevino is charged with two counts of second-degree murder and his trial will begin September 16. Police say the owner of EZ Traderz gave them the name of a man whom he believes sold him the phone.

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The man accused in the hit-and-run death of a Bemidji man was on probation for refusing a breathalyzer test after a 2010 traffic stop, and police say Martin Ubert violated the terms of his probation at least three times over the past three years. Investigators say the 58-year-old hit and killed a horse with his vehicle in February and ran away from the scene, and when police caught up with him the next day they say Ubert tested positive for meth. Ubert is also accused of running from the scene after he hit and killed 25-year-old Christopher Strong on July 31. Ubert turned himself in Friday and police seized the red Monte Carlo they believe killed Strong.

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A new poll commissioned by the Stop Carp Coalition shows that 63 percent of Minnesotans favor closing the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock on the Mississippi River to stop the spread of Asian carp. U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (DFL-Plymouth) says fishing is not just a major part of the Minnesota economy, but also a matter of quality of life and heritage, and that's why she cosponsored the Upper Mississippi CARP Act. The legislation would close the lock if invasive carp are found nearby. The bill is part of the Water Resources Development Act, which passed the Senate with bipartisan support. The House of Representatives has not yet voted on it. Last month an invasive carp was caught just below St. Paul. 

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 A woman that was arrested after a Fergus Falls fire has been formally charged with assaulting a police officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. Court records show that 37-year-old Stacey Bengston's home caught fire July 18, and while firefighters were trying to put the fire out she tried to go back inside to get her cat. Two police officers told her she could not reenter the burning building, and say she began screaming and hit and scratched them. The officers had to use pepper spray to get Bengston under control. The cat was found, still alive, by firefighters. It was hiding in a closet. 

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As storm cleanup continues throughout the state, officials are encouraging residents to contact their insurance company before making any final repairs. Dan Hendrickson is with the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and says it's go ahead and make any temporary repairs but wait to finalize permanent repairs until you know it's covered by insurance. Hendrickson says it? also important to make sure you know who you?e dealing with and get everything in writing when working with a contractor He also advises doing your research ahead of time by going to bbb.org.

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It's hard to believe in a few weeks kids will be heading back to school. With that comes back-to-school shopping. Terry Steenblock is assistant commissioner of the state Department of Revenue and says parents should remember to keep their shopping receipts because they could lead to some valuable tax credits. She says things like pens and pencils, computers, and graph calculators qualify for the credit. Steenblock says parents may also qualify for other tax credits, including the K-12 Education Credit and the K-12 Education Subtraction credit. For more information you can go to the Department of Revenue's website at revenue.state.mn.us 

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In Minnesota, nearly 2,500 youth 12-19 years of age have diabetes. As parents prepare to send their children back to school this fall, parents of these children have more than school supplies and homeroom assignments to think about. Their children have a disease that must be managed 24/7, and proper care for their diabetes throughout the school day is essential in maintaining their overall health. The American Diabetes Association's Linda Siminerio says the organization's Safe at School campaign fights on behalf of these children everyday. The Association works with many Minnesota school districts to provide resources to train volunteer school staff members to make sure children with diabetes have access to the care they need to stay healthy and avoid being placed in life-threatening situations while at school.

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Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was in St. Cloud talking with business leaders about Interstate 94. Widening the road in both directions between St. Cloud and the Twin Cities has been a top priority for local executives. Bachmann says central Minnesota is doing well economically, and businesses are hiring, but the long commute to the Twin Cities is slowing that growth. She says adding a lane in each direction near the initial bottleneck would cost about 30-million dollars. She says that could be paid for with state bonding money. Lane additions all the way to St. Cloud could cost around $300 million, which Bachmann says could be paid for with Federal Highway Trust Fund money.

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U.S. Senator Al Franken (DFL-Minneapolis) says Minnesota farmers at this week's Farmfest need, and deserve, the certainty that a Farm Bill would provide. The Democrat-led Senate approved a farm bill that covers both farm programs and food stamps, but the Republican-controlled House passed a bill for farm programs only, splitting off legislation for nutrition programs so they can try to make deeper cuts to food stamps. A conference committee made up of lawmakers from both chambers could be formed after the August recess, but Franken says a lot of compromise might be required of Republican House Speaker John Boehner. Franken says the possibility exists that Boehner would allow the bill to go through even though he doesn't have a majority of his own caucus, because it does have an overall majority. 

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Veterans in the metro can take advantage of access to free services today at Fort Snelling's StandDown event. Various agencies will be on hand to provide veterans in need with meals, legal advice, haircuts and more. The program is organized by the non-profit Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans. Last year, the event drew more than 900 veterans. Today's services are available at the Fort Snelling Boy Scout Base Camp and shuttles are available from the Fort Snelling Light Rail Station. 

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