ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) — A man and woman in southern Minnesota are accused of dropping off a 5-year-old boy in the woods as punishment for wetting himself. The Star Tribune reports that 42-year-old Lynda Michel and 32-year-old Gregory Wilson were charged Friday in Nicollet County District Court with child neglect. Authorities say the boy was found walking a couple miles south of St. Peter on Aug. 28. He was crying and wet from rain when a motorist spotted him.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota school administrators and busing companies are scrambling to get students to class on time amid a shortage of school bus drivers. Tom Burr is responsible for moving 32,000 students on 350 bus routes for the St. Paul school district. Burr tells Minnesota Public Radio News that he’s 15 to 20 percent short on drivers. Burr says it’s a domino effect that causes the district to backfill drivers with typically full-time staff, such as mechanics and trainers.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The latest target of Sioux Falls billionaire philanthropist T. Denny Sanford is a biopharmaceutical company based in the city. The Argus Leader reports that Sanford is investing $10 million in SAB Biotherapeutics Inc. The investment closed on Aug. 17 and was made through a new entity called Sanford Therapeutics LLC. Sanford is best known locally for his benevolence that fuels Sanford Health.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Stearns County authorities plan to release their investigative files on the kidnapping and killing of Jacob Wetterling to the public next week. Sheriff Don Gudmundson plans a news conference for Thursday to present “key elements in the case” and take questions before releasing the documents. Jacob was 11 when he was abducted near his St. Joseph home in 1989. Twenty-seven years later Danny Heinrich confessed and led investigators to his remains.