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ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - The family of Jacob Wetterling apologized to anyone affected when investigative files on the 1989 abduction and killing of their son are released. The Wetterling family issued a statement Wednesday saying, "Our hearts are hurt for anyone who is pained or hurt from the release of this file." Stearns County authorities plan to release their investigative files on the case to the public Thursday. Jacob's parents, Patty and Jerry Wetterling, fought unsuccessfully to keep some documents private.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Supreme Court has cleared the way for the release of a convicted serial rapist. The court Tuesday declined to review a petition by the Minnesota Department of Human Services to review the case of Thomas Duvall. In July, the state Court of Appeals ruled that Duvall should be allowed to be released into the community under supervision. Duvall is expected to be released to a secure group home in the Twin Cities this fall.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An explosion and fire has injured two employees at a manufacturer in southeast Minneapolis. The fire broke out Wednesday at Metal-Matic Inc., a company that makes carbon steel tubes. The Minneapolis Fire Department tweeted that two people were taken to a hospital with significant injuries. All other occupants safely evacuated the building. No firefighters were hurt. The cause is under investigation.
MILACA, Minn. (AP) - Mille Lacs County and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe have reached an agreement for policing the tribe's reservation in central Minnesota. The agreement that took effect Tuesday resolves a dispute that came to a head two years ago when the county terminated its law enforcement agreement with the band, ending 25 years of cooperation between the tribal police department and the county sheriff's office.
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