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Huber gets 25.5 years in murder case

WILLMAR, Minn. -- Timothy Huber was sentenced Friday to 25.5 years in prison on a second-degree murder charge for his role in killing Timothy Larson in October 2011.

The sentence handed down by District Judge Donald M. Spilseth was at the low end of the 306 to 367 months allowed by state sentencing guidelines. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and $44,323.61 in restitution, jointly with his father. He was given credit for 642 days already served.

Huber’s father, Delbert Huber, shot Larson, 43, to death after a confrontation in rural Belgrade. Now 83, he is serving the maximum sentence of 367 months in prison -- more than 30 years -- for second-degree murder, to which he pleaded guilty last August.

Timothy Huber, who has rarely spoken in the court process, said Friday he was sorry to the court system, the people of Kandiyohi County and the Larson family.

“I’m deeply sorry for what has occurred,” he said.

County Attorney Jenna Fischer had argued for the maximum sentence, based on the fact that the jury in May found Timothy Huber equally responsible in the murder.

Stephen Ferrazzano, defense attorney for Huber, argued that Huber’s mental capacity, an IQ of between 72 and 75, was an appropriate basis for lessening Huber’s sentence to 261 months in prison.


‘MacGyver bombs’ set off in Montevideo, police say

MONTEVIDEO, Minn. -- Montevideo police say someone has been setting off “MacGyver bombs” in this western Minnesota town.

Over the past few days, police have found eight of the homemade bombs, according to Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher, but no one has been injured.

Christopher said four bombs were detonated near one home and the others were found in the same part of Montevideo, a town of about 5,500 people.

The bombs are made by mixing aluminum and chemicals inside a plastic pop bottle. A chemical reaction creates pressure and causes an explosion.           

These MacGyver bombs can cause damage and injury such as chemical burns, Christopher said.

Police said they had a suspect but had not released his name. The suspect does have a criminal history, Christopher said.

MacGyver bombs are named after the TV character who specialized in making weapons and tools with whatever items happened to be on hand.


Detroit Lakes woman killed in semi-car crash in Audubon

AUDUBON, Minn. -- A Detroit Lakes woman died and her husband was injured after their car was hit broadside by a tractor-trailer rig Thursday afternoon in Audubon.

Arleen A. Hanson, 86, died in the crash on U.S. Highway 10, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

She was a passenger in a 2005 Buick LeSabre driven by Duane M. Hanson, 86. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The car was eastbound and turned in front of a 2004 Peterbilt semi that was westbound. The driver of the semi, Ryan L. Englehart, 34, of Jackson, Mo., suffered no apparent injuries.

The crash occurred on dry blacktop in a construction zone.


Laporte man dies in rollover

LAPORTE, Minn. -- A 63-year-old Laporte man died after a rollover crash Thursday night in Hubbard County.

Ronald C. Muller was driving a 2006 Cadillac DTS north on Hubbard County Road 45, along the State Highway 200 detour. The car left the road, struck several trees and rolled, ejecting Muller, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The incident was reported just after 11 p.m. Thursday. Muller was the sole occupant of the vehicle, according to State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow.


Man sentenced for hammer attack

RED WING, Minn. -- Daniel David Yennie walked to the front of a courtroom Friday in Goodhue County District Court just before his attacker, Jonathan Lee Closner, was sentenced to 212 months in prison as his sister Nicole Yennie-Drake read a victim impact statement on his behalf: “I shouldn't have to learn (how to walk and talk) again," the statement read. “I can't hold a conversation. I spend most of my time listening. But my will was not taken from me.”

Yennie, 21, was severely injured about 4:30 a.m. Jan. 14 after Closner, 26, entered his estranged wife's residence in Zumbrota. After grabbing a hammer, he saw his wife and Yennie asleep in bed. Closner hit Yennie several times in the head, a beating that would put Yennie in a coma for four days. Doctors have said he may not walk or talk again.

Closner, of Zumbrota, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder April 1. As a result, Clark formally dismissed six other charges, including two first-degree attempted murder charges and one first-degree assault charge.

The 212-month prison sentence had been outlined in a plea agreement.


North Dakota

NDSU receives battlefield grants for N.D.

FARGO – North Dakota State University received nearly $90,000 in grant money from the National Park Service for GIS mapping and military terrain analysis at multiple U.S.-Dakota War battle sites across the state.

NDSU received more than $26,400 for a project that is designed to identify the boundaries of military actions in the 1863-64 U.S.-Dakota War. A GIS map locating all landscape defining features, as well as a military terrain analysis, will be conducted for the fort and trail system to raise awareness of the importance and preservation of those battlefield sites.

The school received another $62,761 for a project in the Killdeer Mountains.

The project will identify specific battlefield resources and boundaries for the July 1864 Battle of Killdeer Mountain, which pitted Brigadier General Alfred Sully’s expedition against the Sioux during the U.S.-Dakota Wars.

Through military terrain analysis, research design, and interviews, the university will work with landowners and Tribes to begin a National Register of Historic Places nomination.

The grants are among more than $1.1 million the National Park Service doled out to 24 projects that support at 38 battlefields in 15 states.


Nelson appointed as N.D. energy impact coordinator

BISMARCK -- Gov. Jack Dalrymple has appointed a new energy impact coordinator for western North Dakota to replace the current appointee, who is retiring.

Rory Nelson, a longtime Williston resident who worked for Hess Corp. for 30 years, will serve as the governor’s liaison in North Dakota’s oil-producing region.

Wayne Biberdorf, who served in that position since spring of 2012, is retiring.

Nelson grew up ranching and farming on the north bank of the Missouri River near Bainville, Mont., about nine miles west of the North Dakota border. He has lived in Williston for more than 30 years and held engineering and management positions at Hess until he retired last November.

“Rory’s extensive experience in the petroleum industry and his lifelong roots in the Williston Basin will be a great asset as we continue our work with local officials to address the impacts associated with rapid growth in our oil and gas counties,” Dalrymple said.

The state’s energy impact coordinator has an office at Williston State College.

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Fund for 170 seized dogs hits $2,000

CASSELTON, N.D. -- A fund created to help offset the medical and adoption costs of 170 dogs in poor condition that authorities seized from a Wheatland breeder had reached $2,000 by Friday afternoon.

The dogs were taken to the Casselton Veterinary Service after Cass County Sheriff Deputies removed them from Darcy Smith’s farmstead Wednesday. Prosecutors are considering criminal charges linked to the condition of the dogs, some of which had fur so matted they were immobile.

Shyla Strandlien of Casselton Veterinary Service said Friday that earlier in the day, the fund hit $2,000.

The cost of care alone can run anywhere from $300 to $500 per dog, Cass County Capt. Mitch Burris said.

The clinic was still in the process of examining and vaccinating the dogs Friday. An estimation of the total cost the clinic will incur for the dogs was not yet available.

The dogs – Shih Tzus, Maltese and Yorkies, as well as a mix of those breeds – range in age from 5 days to 13 years old.

The dogs will be at the clinic for at least two weeks. However, the clinic will post updates and information about adoption on its Facebook page and its website,

Donations can be made to “Operation Cass County Rover Rescue” at any Bremer Bank location.


Shots fired at East Grand Forks home

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. -- Police were called to an East Grand Forks residence early Friday morning after the homeowner reported breaking glass and possible bullet holes.

East Grand Forks police officers inspected the home on 20th Street Northwest shortly after 2 a.m. and found bullet holes in a window and in the home’s exterior. No one was injured.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the East Grand Forks Police Department at (218) 773-1104.



Homicide charge pending after pregnant woman punched

PRESCOTT, Wis. -- An 18-year-old western Wisconsin man is facing a homicide charge after he allegedly punched his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach.

Jessy Jordan Holtzkamp of Prescott was booked into the Pierce County Jail late Wednesday with first-degree homicide and misdemeanor battery as the listed offenses. Prescott Police Chief Mike R. Bondarenko said formal charges are pending with the Pierce County District Attorney's Office.       

Bondarenko said officers were dispatched after 8 p.m. Wednesday to a Prescott motel on an emergency medical services call for a possible miscarriage.

In a news release, the chief said an investigation revealed that during an argument, “the man allegedly struck the woman in the stomach several times in order to cause a miscarriage and end the pregnancy."

The release said the victim was a 27-year-old Prescott woman who had been staying at the motel with Holtzkamp, who is allegedly the father of the unborn child. The woman was transported to a Hastings, Minn., hospital for treatment.


Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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