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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Prosecutors seeking murder charge in St. Cloud stabbing

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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Prosecutors seeking murder charge in St. Cloud stabbing
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ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Stearns County prosecutors will convene a grand jury to seek a first-degree murder indictment against the St. Cloud man accused of fatally stabbing his mother. 

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Fifty-two-year-old Dean Friese is currently facing second-degree murder charges in the September 14th death of 72-year-old Lois Omeara.  The criminal complaint says Friese pulled a medical alarm in his apartment knowing his mother would respond.  He told investigators he grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Omeara when she arrived.  Friese remains jailed on three-million dollars bail.

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Two teens are charged in connection with the murder of an Annandale man.  Nineteen-year-old Tyler Fisher of Annandale and 19-year-old Samara Juhl of Otsego were arrested in connection with the death of 42-year-old Kyle Greene, who was found dead inside his home last Saturday.  Information suggests that Greene sold methamphetamine and was known to carry a large amount of cash.  Prosecutors say that Juhl and Fisher admitted to knowing about the robbery and murder of Greene, but told investigators three other suspects robbed and shot the victim while Fisher served as getaway driver.  The search for the other suspects continues.

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As country music superstar Luke Bryan put it in Benson Tuesday night, "That's My Kind Of Night."  The weather was perfect as 3,500 people crowded the Benson High School football field to enjoy a party put on by Minneapolis-based Target, celebrating Northside Elementary winning the national "Give With Target" program on Facebook.  Luke Bryan was there as well as ex-Green Bay Packer Donald Driver, Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Gabby Douglas, and actress and activist Sophia Bush.  Event organizer Roger Ebnet says Northside Elementary was the first school to get 10-thousand votes.  For winning, the school will receive 10-thousand dollars from Target.

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Police are looking for a suspect after an early morning shooting near a Minneapolis parking lot.  Investigators say a man in his early 30s was shot several times at around 2 a.m. this (WED) morning.  He was taken to HCMC and is expected to live. Police say it's not clear what led to the shooting. 

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A Glencoe man is dead after a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning at an intersection on Highway 212 in McLeod County.  The State Patrol says a mini-van driven by 75-year-old Emil Ellis pulled out and collided with a westbound semi.  Ellis died at the scene.  The 39-year-old Gibbon man driving the semi wasn't hurt.  Highway 212 was closed for more than four hours while state troopers reconstructed the accident scene.

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A collision between a car and a garbage truck claimed the life of an Ogilvie man Tuesday afternoon in Isanti County.  State troopers say 54-year-old Grover Humphrey was traveling south on Highway 47 when he drove into the northbound lane and collided head-on with the truck on the right shoulder. The truck driver wasn't injured.  The accident report shows Humphrey was wearing a seatbelt.  

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Police have identified the 70-year-old North St. Paul man who was fatally run over while walking near his home Monday.  John Meyer was hit around 7 pm, taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead.  Police say the driver stopped at the scene and is not suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. 

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Closing arguments are today in the trial of a Duluth head shop owner accused of selling illegal synthetic drugs and money laundering.  Defendant Jim Carlson and two co-defendants -- girlfriend Lava Haugen and son Joseph Gellerman -- did not testify.  The Last Place on Earth owner is charged with 55 federal crimes.  Haugen and Gellerman, who worked in the store, face four charges each.  Lawyers for the defense claim that they thought the products they were selling were legal.  The case was moved to Minneapolis because of the store's recognition and reputation in Duluth.

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Duluth police are asking bow hunters and people hiking in the woods to keep an eye out for Dale Elizabeth Gerard.  The 74-year-old woman went missing July 20th from an assisted living home in Duluth and is considered a vulnerable adult.  She was last seen getting off a bus in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.  Gerard has dementia and is in need of prescription medication  She's white, five-foot-five, with brown eyes, auburn/red hair and weighs about 155 pounds.  Anyone with information should contact the Duluth Police Department. 

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