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DULUTH — An accountant is accused of running a "criminal enterprise" that stole more than $235,000 from the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce and potentially many additional clients. Jesse David Frye, 39, appeared Tuesday, Jan. 7, in state district court on a felony charge of theft by swindle. He is identified in court documents as the principal at Eagle Accounting.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota regulators must consider whether a proposed natural gas plant in Superior could have "significant environmental effects" before allowing the project to proceed, a three-judge panel ruled Monday, Dec. 23 The Minnesota Court of Appeals said the state's Public Utilities Commission erred when it declined to consider potential impacts the Nemadji Trail Energy Center could have on air, water, land and other natural resources. The court reversed the agency's October 2018 approval of the project and sent it back to the commission for further review.
DULUTH -- Former University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey coach Shannon Miller and her attorneys will receive $4.53 million in a settlement with the University of Minnesota Duluth. An agreement to resolve more than four years of litigation was finalized this week. It includes payments of approximately $2.1 million to Miller and $2.43 million for her attorneys.
DULUTH — Former U.S. Olympic and Minnesota Duluth hockey star Mark Pavelich will be civilly committed as a "mentally ill and dangerous" person, a judge ruled Wednesday, Dec. 4. Sixth Judicial District Judge Michael Cuzzo ordered Pavelich, who is accused of seriously assaulting a neighbor, to undergo treatment at a secure state facility.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Supreme Court has declined to review the dismissal of a state lawsuit filed against the University of Minnesota Duluth by three former women's sports coaches alleging discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
DULUTH — Scott Allen Pennington was a fun-loving 31-year-old who was always looking out for his family and wouldn't hurt a fly, a judge was told Tuesday. Knowing their son's personality made it that much harder for Dick and Sharon Pennington to learn that Scott was fatally shot — without any apparent motive — outside a downtown Duluth bar over the 2018 Labor Day weekend. "The shock and pain was so unbearable we could hardly breathe," they recalled in a letter read in court Nov. 26. "We will never know another day with him in it. Our hearts are broken."
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources plans to conduct an independent environmental review of the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Officials announced Friday, Nov. 22, they have informed federal agencies and Twin Metals Minnesota the DNR will proceed with a state-only environmental impact statement on the mine and dry-stacked tailings storage facility proposed to be built near Ely, within the Rainy River Watershed.
DULUTH, Minn. — A highly intoxicated rural Cloquet man admitted to fatally shooting his friend early Saturday but would not elaborate on his reason for doing so, according to charges filed Thursday. Thomas Allen Micklewright, 44, was arraigned in State District Court in Duluth on a charge of unintentional second-degree murder in the death of 65-year-old James Arthur Couture. The shooting occurred inside Micklewright's home, 3521 Brevator Road, on the Fond du Lac Reservation northwest of Cloquet.
HIBBING, Minn. — An accomplice to the murder of an Aurora man along a northern Minnesota snowmobile trail was sentenced Thursday to 25½ years in prison. Anthony Emerson Howson, 21, pleaded guilty in February to intentional second-degree murder for his role in the January shooting death of 33-year-old Joshua Robert Lavalley. Howson received the guideline sentence from 6th Judicial District Judge Mark Starr at a hearing in State District Court in Hibbing.
NORTH BRANCH, Minn. — A Twin Cities-area driver accused of fatally running a Moose Lake man off Interstate 35 was found on the floor of a nearby rest stop and had to be shocked with a Taser after becoming combative with officers, according to charges filed Monday, Nov. 4.