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Willmar Man Accused Of Falsely Claiming Military Valor

A national organization that exposes people who falsely claim military service says a Willmar man has been deceitfully posing as a decorated Army Ranger. Willmar police have received complaints from citizens who were suspicious about a man who was showing up in a military uniform at VFW and American Legion posts in west central Minnesota recently.

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UPDATE: Convict Who Escaped Hennepin County Courtroom Apprehended

The convict who bolted from a Hennepin County courtroom is back in custody. Michael Henderson fled from the courtroom and sheriff's deputies Thursday afternoon and disappeared from the Government Center building.

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Middle Spunk Lake, Avon Minnesota Photo: Joshua Akkerman
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Cabin Close-Up Time Ideal To Check For Invasives

Experts say cabin close-up time is an ideal opportunity for inspecting boats and water equipment for aquatic invasive species. The Department of Natural Resources is asking every cabin and lake property owner to carefully inspect for invasive species when removing docks, boat lifts, swim rafts and other equipment from the water.

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Inmate Escapes From Hennepin County Courtroom

Authorities are searching for a man who escaped from a Hennepin County courtroom after being convicted of attempted murder. The sheriff's office says 25-year-old Michael David Henderson escaped from the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday.

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Minnesota DNR, photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
Minnesota DNR, photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
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DNR Closes Pigeon Lake Islands

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says islands in Meeker County's Pigeon Lake are off limits to the public because of a bird virus.

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St. Thomas Priest Accused of Abusing Girl Resigns

A priest who is being sued by a woman who says he molested her as a child has resigned from the faculty at the University of St. Thomas.

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August Job Gains Drive Down State’s Unemployment Rate

Minnesota has gained 4,200 jobs in August, driving down the state's unemployment rate to 4.3 percent. State officials said Thursday that seasonally adjusted unemployment rate had fallen to its lowest level in eight years.

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Police: 2 Minneapolis Shootings Connected

Police say two shootings that left one teen dead and two injured in north Minneapolis were related. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office on Wednesday identified the boy who died of multiple gunshot wounds as 17-year-old Jemario Langston.

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Minneapolis Murder Suspect Found Hiding, Arrested

Minneapolis police have arrested a man who they say hid at a relative's home after fatally stabbing another man. The department's Violent Criminal Apprehension Team arrested 26-year-old Quanan Machacek on Wednesday after he was charged with first-degree premeditated murder on Friday.

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Arrest Made In State Fair Craft Beer Robbery

Authorities say one suspect has been arrested in last month's robbery at a craft brewery exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair. State Fair police also say a gun allegedly used in the robbery has been recovered.

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