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News Minute: Here is the latest Minnesota news from The Associated Press

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GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) - An officer at a juvenile correctional facility in northern Minnesota is charged with sexually assaulting a teenage resident. Twenty-three-year-old Devin Michael Wood faces five felony charges. Prosecutors say he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old resident of the North Homes Juvenile Correctional Facility in Grand Rapids.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Washington State Patrol says investigators have acted on several tips this week in their search for a self-professed minister accused of sexually abusing at least two girls in Minnesota. Authorities say they're also contacting known associates of Victor Arden Barnard. He's facing 59 counts of criminal sexual conduct related to two young women who said they were abused for nearly a decade.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - State officials in the Upper Midwest are cautioning horse owners about a virus that spreads easily among the animals. Three cases of equine herpesvirus have been documented this year in North Dakota and seven cases have been confirmed in Minnesota. The virus can lead to breathing problems, abortions and nervous system disorders.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - One of the Olympic gold medals earned after the famed "Miracle on Ice" hockey game in 1980 will be auctioned off starting next week. Mark Pavelich is selling his medal through Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, which will open bidding on April 25th. Pavelich was among many Minnesotans on the team and skated for the University of Minnesota Duluth.

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