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MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota has extended women's basketball coach Lindsay Whalen's contract through 2024, the university announced Friday, Feb. 14. Whalen, the decorated former Gophers and Minnesota Lynx player, is 36-21 in her two seasons as head coach. The extension became official on Friday after being approved by the Board of Regents. The Gophers are 15-10 this season with a 5-9 mark in the Big Ten.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. — The gunshot wound that killed a Mahnomen man Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 11, was self-inflicted, local authorities said in a news release identifying the victim. Emergency responders on Tuesday found a wounded 29-year-old Jonathan Lafriniere while responding to a report of a person who had been shot, according to the Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office. Lafriniere was first brought to a Mahnomen hospital and then flown to Fargo for treatment, where he died.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating after a man found with a gunshot wound in Mahnomen on Tuesday, Feb. 11, died from his injuries, local authorities said. Officers responded to a report of a man with a gunshot wound in Mahnomen early Tuesday afternoon, according to a news release from the Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office. Emergency responders first brought the man to a local hospital, but he was eventually flown to Fargo where he died.
ST. PAUL — Explore Minnesota announced an improved website Tuesday, Feb. 11, offering visitors "an immersive and inspiring look into what awaits them on a Minnesota vacation," the agency said. The new website offers more accessibility to features as well as being more mobile friendly. Based on findings from a digital marketing audit conducted in 2018, a news release said, Explore Minnesota's website was rebuilt to better meet the needs of the traveling public, as well as the Minnesota tourism industry.
BEMIDJI -- A 33-year-old Cass Lake man was sentenced to just over 12 years in prison this week for the distribution of child pornography. According to a press release from U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald, Jared Ross Boswell pleaded guilty on Aug. 15, 2019, and was then sentenced to 145 months on Monday, Feb. 10, by Judge Donovan W. Frank in Bemidji.
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MITCHELL, S.D. -- A former Pine Ridge Indian Health Service pediatrician has been sentenced to five consecutive life sentences for aggravated sexual abuse and three counts of sexual abuse of a minor. Stanley Weber, 71, of Spearfish, was sentenced Monday, Feb. 10, in U.S. District Court. He was convicted following a weeklong jury trial in September in Rapid City.
MOORHEAD — Police are investigating an accidental discharge of a firearm inside a home in Moorhead. The man responsible is recovering from minor injuries associated with the incident and no one else was hurt. Moorhead police said the bullet went through a ceiling but, fortunately, there was no one in the room above. The investigation was sent to the courthouse for potential charges.