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STILLWATER, Minn. — Authorities say an inmate assaulted a corrections officer Wednesday morning, Jan. 9, at the Stillwater prison. The Minnesota Department of Corrections says the sergeant was assaulted in the prison’s B-East living unit. The sergeant was evaluated at a hospital and released, said Sarah Fitzgerald, a spokeswoman for the department. The prison was placed on lockdown as a result of the assault. Fitzgerald said corrections officers “responded quickly and professionally and contained the incident.”
FOREST LAKE, Minn.—It didn't take Washington County Sheriff Dan Starry long to make his decision. After watching the Forest Lake City Council vote to disband the city's police department on Monday night, sitting through lengthy public comments at the Washington County Board meeting on Tuesday morning, and meeting with Forest Lake police officers later that night, Starry said he knew he had to withdraw a controversial proposal for his office to provide police services to the city.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations has issued a call for increased protection of Muslim students after an incident earlier this month between two students at Afton-Lakeland Elementary School. A fifth-grader at the school allegedly threatened to shoot a third-grader, who is Somali-American, and the next school day brought an airsoft-style pistol onto the school bus, officials said. The bus driver reported the incident and the school called the Washington County sheriff's office the morning of Nov. 14.
LAKELAND, Minn. — Lakeland City Council member Jeri Ryan surveyed the charred remains from behind yellow police tape Monday morning and shook her head. "It's terrifying that this would happen in a small-town, close-knit community like this," Ryan said. "Thirty-eight years I've been down here, and I've never seen anything like this."
MINNEAPOLIS — When Patty Wetterling has the chance to talk face to face with the man who abducted and killed her son, she wants to know one thing: Why? "It makes no sense," Patty Wetterling said during an interview Tuesday afternoon. "I wrestle with the 'Why?' of all this. We know what happened and when and where, but we don't know why. As a rational person, you try to figure it out, but this one you can't, because it makes no sense."
ST. JOSEPH, Minn. — After nearly 30 years of searching, wondering, waiting and hoping, Patty and Jerry Wetterling finally know what happened to their son Jacob. The Stearns County Sheriff's office confirmed Saturday that the remains of 11-year-old Jacob, missing since 1989, have been found. "Our family is drawing strength from all your love & support," Patty Wetterling posted on Twitter Saturday afternoon. "We're struggling with words at this time. Thank you for your hope." She declined to comment further.
HUDSON, Wis.—Polly Simpson pursed her lips and let out a piercing wolf whistle in a pasture near New Richmond, Wis. Picca, her border collie, immediately began herding five sheep in a counterclockwise direction. Simpson whistled again — a long, sharp blast — and Picca lay down. The sheep stopped moving and started grazing.