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Former cult leader back in court for hearing

Victor Barnard
Washington State Patrol
Victor Barnard

Pam Louwagie at the Star Tribune is following the courtroom proceedings involving the Pine County cult leader: "Victor Barnard, a former Pine County religious leader accused of sexually assaulting girls and young women in his fellowship, is due back in court Tuesday afternoon for a preliminary hearing. Barnard, charged with 59 counts of first- and third-degree sexual assault, spent more than a year in a South American prison cell while awaiting extradition to Minnesota."

AJ Laoge at KARE 11 reports on the annual over-indulgence on America's birthday at Lake Minnetonka: "Hennepin County deputies told KARE 11 one of the biggest issues they were dealing with was underage drinking. A steady stream of ambulances transporting patients was also coming and going from the emergency access site located just east of the Arcola Bridge. Some of those transported appeared to be treated for minor cuts and abrasions, while most appeared to be dealing with sickness and vomiting."

Anne Polta in the West Central Tribune shares the story of Willmar residents supporting their grieving Muslim community following the drowning deaths of two young boys: "'I felt that there were a number of people in our community that wanted so much to show their support and love to the family and to our Muslim neighbors,' [Jared] Wosmek said. The walk was meant to give people an opportunity to express that, he said. 'I wanted whoever participated to get something meaningful from the event, and in turn possibly do something positive in their own way. I figured that if something good for the community were to come from one person, that would be a big win for all of us.'"

Jeff Kiger in the Rochester Post Bulletin notes one of the city's largest property owners may soon own bupkis: "IBM announced its intentions in May to sell two-thirds of its sprawling campus at 3605 North U.S. 52. Company officials said the plan was to consolidate its operations into eight buildings on the east side of its campus due to the dramatic reduction of its employees in Rochester. The marketing of the campus shows that it's possible IBM might only remain in Rochester as a renter."

In other news…

Cathy Wurzer remembers her Minnesota Public Radio colleague Toni Randolph. [We Know How This Ends]

Bloomington native Cole Aldrich agrees to 3-year deal with Timberwolves. [Pioneer Press]

Adele kicks off U.S. tour in St. Paul. [MPR News]

The American Red Cross says a significant shortage of blood has prompted an emergency call for donations. [WCCO-TV]

Sinkhole forces closure of Fargo intersection. [Inforum]

UnitedHealthcare sues dialysis chain over billing. [New York Times]

Quiz: How Minnesotan are you? [Pioneer Press]

So close, USA TODAY…

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