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FARIBAULT — Rochester Century needed a period to get its legs under it. Once the Panthers found some energy, they didn't let up. Century fell behind by a goal in the first period Tuesday night, but it scored five consecutive goals in the second period to pull away from Faribault for a 6-2 Big Nine Conference boys hockey victory at Faribault Ice Arena. Century remains unbeaten in Big Nine play (9-0-0) and improves to 14-4-1 overall.
AUSTIN — Rochester John Marshall hadn't won in nearly a month when it snapped a losing skid against St. Paul Henry Sibley on Saturday. Tuesday, the Rockets powered their way to their second consecutive victory, playing with confidence and getting contributions from up and down the lineup in an 11-4 Big Nine Conference boys hockey victory against Austin at Riverside Arena. JM scored a season-high 11 goals, including a whopping seven in the second period, when it peppered Austin goalie Sam Eyre with 23 shots. JM outshot Austin 46-22 in the game.
ALBANY, Minn. – A 35-year-old farmer from Albany died Tuesday, Jan. 28, after being buried in corn in a grain bin. The victim was identified as Brandon Schaefer. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, a call was received at 10:16 a.m. from an individual stating they could not find their son and believed he may have fallen into a grain bin on a farm in St. Martin Township.
ST. PAUL – State Rep. Bud Nornes, R-Fergus Falls, will not seek reelection to the Legislature this November. First elected in 1996, Nornes said in a release that he has “put students first” during numerous stints chairing House higher education committees. Nornes said it is time to focus on spending more time with his own family — particularly his wife of 58 years, Joyce, and their three adult children with families of their own, including 10 grandchildren.
FARGO — The man who was found dead outside a business on 3151 Main Ave. on Monday, Jan. 27, has been identified as Wesley Gordon Gunhammer Jr., 30, of Fargo, according to a statement from the Fargo Police Department. Authorities responded to the parking lot of Accent Flooring & Tile at 3:40 p.m. on Monday, where Gunhammer Jr.'s body was found between a box truck and pickup truck. Police said the death doesn't appear suspicious and it's too early to tell if cold weather caused his death.
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Public Safety said Tuesday, Jan. 28, that the state is projected to have recorded the lowest number of motor vehicle fatalities in state history in 2019. So far, 102 roadway fatalities have been recorded for 2019. Since the department began keeping records in 1947, the previous low was 111 fatalities in 2011, according to a release.
NORTHWOOD, N.D. – A 15-year-old Grand Forks boy died of a gunshot wound to the chest Sunday evening, Jan. 26, in Northwood. Samantha Wilson, 32, of Northwood, is charged with murder and is being held in the Grand Forks County Correctional Center. She also is charged with contact by bodily fluids on an officer for allegedly spitting blood on at least one correctional officer. The name of the victim was not officially released Monday. Grand Forks County Sheriff Andy Schneider said late Monday afternoon that family members still were being notified.
ALBERT LEA, Minn. — Grace Oyen scored a power-play goal with 5:15 remaining in the third period and Rochester Century's defense held off Albert Lea the rest of the way, as the Panthers earned their second victory of the season, 4-3, on Saturday at Albert Lea City Arena. Century led 3-2 after each of the first two periods en route to the Big Nine Conference girls hockey win. Megan Andrist, Katherine Thorvilson and Kailey Birkestrand scored in the first period for the Panthers, with Albert Lea's Allison Dulitz scored the first and last goals of the period.