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4-year-old boy dies in house fire

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A house fire killed a 4-year-old boy and injured two other children Saturday near the town of Stephen in northwestern Minnesota.

The boy's body was found in the destroyed house late Saturday afternoon after authorities received a 911 call shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, the Star Tribune said.

The call said that two children had been injured by the fire and a third was possibly still in the house, the Associated Press said.

The incident remains under investigation in the small town of about 660 people about 40 miles northeast of Grand Forks.

9-Year-old boy dies in dirt-biking accident

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A 9-year-old boy from Oak Grove, Minn., died Friday night in a dirt biking accident.

The boy was identified as Nick Engel by the Anoka County Sheriff's Office. His father, Robert Engler, is the Oak Grove Assistant Fire Chief, WCCO said.

Police said Nick went out on his motocross bike just before 7 p.m. Friday in Oak Grove when his friends momentarily went inside. When they came back out, Nick owa on the ground without a pulse, WCCO said.

An autopsy report has not yet been released but police said it appears that he died of head injuries despite his helmet, the Star Tribune said.

An emergency helicopter was called, but the boy was pronounced dead before it arrived,WCCO said.

Bail was set at $450,000 Monday for the husband who was stalking his family, assaulting and threatening to kill his wife, and then having a man kidnap her and her three children outside of a Duluth church, the Duluth News Tribune said.

Beginning in Utah, the woman and her children fled to North Dakota, then to Montana, back to North Dakota, and finally Duluth as they tried to hide from her husband who "had been shooting up steroids" she said.

Nathaniel Michael Jaffe-Norris, 26, was arraigned in State District Court in Duluth on Monday on charges of kidnapping, pattern of stalking and four counts of aiding and abetting kidnapping, the Duluth News Tribune said.

Jaffe-Norris found his wife in Duluth and had an accomplice allegedly lure her away from a church close to Safe Haven Shelter, where she was staying, MSNBC said.

According to a report, the wife feared for her safety and left with the man from the Church. She was driven to Detroit Lakes where Jaffe-Norris was waiting for her, MSNBC said.

Local authorities arrested Jaffe-Norris and brought him back to Duluth.

The woman said that she believes her husband is capable of seriously injuring or killing her and the children, the Duluth News Tribune said.

Duluth police Sgt. Jeremiah Graves said the investigation is continuing.

Jody Lynmarvin Patzner Jr., 22, was delivering dinner to a neighbor when confronted by three boys who shot him and ran away.

The boys yelled at him that they wanted his bicycle and then shot him twice. According to a witness, he continued to bike for 30 feet before collapsing on the sidewalk and dying moments later, the Star Tribune said.

The 24-year-old suspect was arrested Wednesday night, only one block away from where the victim was gunned down, KARE 11 said.

According to a spokesman for the Hennepin County Attorney's office, no criminal charges will be filed Friday against the suspect, the Star Tribune updated.

The funeral for Patzner Jr. is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18 at St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Minneapolis, KARE 11 said.

Two Minnesota children are dead and another is in critical condition after a small sail boat capsized Friday afternoon on Clearwater Lake in northern Minn., CBS Minnesota said.

The three brothers, 2-year-old Jacob, 6-year old Zechariah, and 8-year-old Isaiah Risland were thrown into the frigid 40-degree water after strong winds tipped the boat over at about 3 p.m. Friday, the Star Tribune said.

Both Jacob and Zechariah died in the accident and Isaiah is currently listed in critical condition at the Children's Hospital in Minneapolis with his father Dan Risland, 31, who was also in the accident.

The family was sailing on Clearwater Lake, about 30 miles northwest of Bemidji, when the boat flipped over. Risland attempted to bring himself and the boys, who were each wearing life jackets, to shore but quickly realized that it would take too long.

He swam rapidly to shore and called 911. Sheriff's dispatchers from Beltrami and Clearwater counties received the call at about 3:15 p.m., the Star Tribune said.

By the time crews reached the boys, hypothermia had already set in. Police said the first child was out of the water within 30 minutes of the call, but Risland said the kids had already been in the water 15 to 20 minutes, CBS Minnesota said.

None of the children were breathing or had a pulse when they were pulled from the water, CBS Minnesota said.

The Clearwater County Sheriff's Office will be providing counseling to the community starting Monday.

Northland boy found after 2-week-long search

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The nearly two-week-long search for a missing Northland boy and his father ended late Saturday night with the boy recovered safely and the father hospitalized with self-inflicted wounds.

Brookston, Minn. Residents, Wyatt Nordrum, 7, and his father James Leon Nordrum Jr., 41, were found in a cabin in St. Louis County's Stoney Brook Township, the Duluth News Tribune said.

Wyatt had been declared missing since March 27 after his father took him and hid in the rural cabin.

Nordrum Jr. and Wyatt's mother, Candice Nordrum of Fort Frances, Ontario, were in a custody battle over the boy when the kidnapping occurred, the Duluth News Tribune said.

According to the St. Louis County Sheriff, Nordrum Jr. is currently being treated at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth for self inflicted neck injuries, ABC Eyewitness News said.

Authorities say Nordrum Jr. faces a possible charge of kidnapping and depravation of parental rights.

A White Bear Lake man's body was found Saturday in the St. Croix River.

The man, 46, was pulled out of and found dead near an unattended boat at the Bayport Marina late Saturday afternoon, the Star Tribune said.

Washington County Sheriff's Office and Bayport police responded to a call just before 6 p.m., the Pioneer Press said.

The call said that an unmanned boat was doing circles near the marina and the operator was found in the water about 100 yards away from his boat, the Star Tribune said.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner and the Washington County Sheriff's Office Water Control Unit are investigating the incident, the Pioneer Press said.

Minnesota native survived 10 days in desert

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A 76-year-old Minnesota native survived 10 days in the Nevada desert by melting snow and using skills he learned as a Boy Scout.

James Klemovich, Cloquet, Minn. native, was recently found Tuesday in good health by military personnel after being stranded for 10 days in the Nevada desert, the Duluth News Tribune said.

Laszlo Szabo, a friend and buisness partner of Klemovich, did not survive, USA Today said.

Klemovich and Szabo were on a trip to inspect a gold mine when their car became stuck on a road with no cell phone service, the Duluth News Tribune said.

The men tried to dislodge the car and lit flares and fires in hopes that someone would see them. Unfortunately, the car wouldn't move and in an area where fewer than 7,000 people are spread over 6,000 square miles no one saw their signals, the said.

Drinking water regularly from melted snow was a huge factor in the survival of Klemovich, who is a diabetic, USA Today said.

Klemovich is currently still in Nevada waiting for his car to be recovered, USA Today said.

Baby falls out of third-story window in Coon Rapids

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A baby boy fell out of a screen window in an apartment complex Saturday afternoon in Coon Rapids, Minn., CBS Minnesota said.

According to police, an 18-month-old boy fell out of a third-story window at a Coon Rapids apartment building, CBS Minnesota said.

Police said he landed on grass and was not seriously hurt. The baby was crying and responsive when taken to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids and sent home later that day, the Star Tribune said.

The boy apparently was leaning against a screen when he fell, police said Saturday. The incident will be reviewed on Monday to determine whether further investigation will be underway, the Star Tribune said.

Laela's Law, created in July 2009, required Minnesota builders to create windows with fall-prevention devices when remodeling or building multi-family homes and apartments, the Star Tribune said. Unfortunately, the law doesn't require single-family homes or apartments to immediately switch to safer windows, the Star Tribune said.

Minnesota High School Senior invites Porn Star to Prom

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A Minnesota high school senior invited dozens of Hollywood celebrities, mostly porn actresses, to his high school prom, but school administrators say the X-rated women aren't welcome to the formal dance, the Associated Press said.

Mike Stone, an 18-year-old senior at Tartan High in Oakdale, a St. Paul suburb, invited multiple celebrities to his prom and received a response from two, Megan Piper and Emy Reyes, CBS News said.

CBS Minnesota reports that school official said that it is not allowed to bring a "non-Tartan" student to prom without the school's approval.

Superintendent Patty Phillips said according to school policy, a visitor can be disallowed if it's not in the best interest of the students, the Associated Press said.

Stone said he plans to hold an alternative party at the same time as his high school prom so he can bring his dates.

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