A recently released convicted sex offender is on the run. The Minnesota Department of Corrections put out an alert Wednesday in search of 56-year-old Daryl B. Quagon. According to reports, Quagon was convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct in 2000 and domestic assault in 2019. He was released in August and placed on intensive supervised release but has since removed his GPS monitor after traveling to Stone Lake, Wisconsin. Quagon is described as six-feet tall, 190 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1.
(Minneapolis, MN) -- Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor is being resentenced. The Minnesota Supreme Court says Noor will go before Judge Kathryn Quaintance today and is expected to be resentenced to 41-months in prison on the second-degree manslaughter conviction in the death of Justine Ruszczyk. The former officer was first sentenced to 12 years in prison after being convicted by a jury but it was overturned by the court who said Noor's actions did not meet the requirement for third-degree murder.
(St. Joseph, MN) -- The College of St. Benedict and St. John's University are looking into reports of a "sex competition" on campus. The colleges say they learned about the allegations in late September and have been actively working to address the situation. According to the school newspaper, which originally broke the story, the male students at St. Patrick Hall have a list of female students at St. John's that are able to earn "points" in exchange for certain sexual favors. A spokesperson for the college says the schools cannot comment any further due to the active investigation.
(Minneapolis, MN) -- Essentia Health is making changes to its method of COVID-19 testing. The hospital announced Wednesday that they will be switching over to self-swab coronavirus testing so that staff members can focus on offering booster shots and care for patients. According to reports, the option is only available to those who only want a test and are not scheduled to visit the clinic. To schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 test, visit the MyChart patient portal or call your local clinic.
The Minnesota Department of Health is providing an update on COVID-19 cases and deaths in the state. On Wednesday, health officials reported one-thousand-858 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the state's total to nearly 766-thousand. Additionally, 32 more people have died due to complications from COVID-19. Minnesota's death toll currently stands at eight-thousand-489.
(St. Paul, MN) -- Over 85 percent of Minnesota schools will get extra money to test students for COVID-19. The funding also will cover the cost of additional staffers who will administer the tests. The state designated 55 million dollars to go to schools that applied for the grant. The funds will provide test kits, protective equipment, and other needed supplies for testing.
(Duluth, MN) -- A St. Louis County woman is going to prison for stealing over 300 thousand dollars from her employer, Fortune Bay Resort Casino. Jennifer Boutto has been sentenced to eight months behind bars. The 33-year-old defendant pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement and theft of tribal funds. Boutto was the former front desk supervisor, which allowed her to issue cash refunds without direct supervision.
(Proctor, MN) -- The police investigation into the Proctor football team student misconduct is over. Authorities are preparing to send their report to prosecutors in St. Louis County. The nature of the allegations has yet to be released. Football activities for Proctor players were canceled in September.
(Minneapolis, MN) -- Minneapolis-based Sun Country Airlines is adding 11 non-stop flights from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport this spring. Some of the destinations include Buffalo, New York; Jacksonville, Florida; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Sun Country will continue non-stop service from MSP Airport to New Orleans, Milwaukee, Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Ashville, North Carolina.
(Minneapolis, MN) -- Target is ramping up tech presence in its stores ahead of the holiday season. The nationwide retailer announced plans to expand its shop-in-shop experience with Apple. That would roughly double the stores with this feature from 17 to 36, though most are in Florida and Texas. The shop-in-shop experiences function like miniature Apple stores within participating Targets, with dedicated sections for Apple gear. The news follows closely on the heels of Apple's latest event where the company showcased a new generation of AirPods and new MacBook products.