Jordan Grider died while camping alone in the Boundary Waters. Was he devoured by wolves?

For as innocently as it started, Sean Williams could have ended up finding Jordan Grider and asking him to move his pickup truck.

Instead, the conservation officer from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Ely found mystery in a grisly death that looked like bloody murder and felt like total isolation.

Almost two years ago, Grider arrived alone in northern Minnesota with a plan to camp through a winter in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. He had mistakenly parked his truck in front of a private gate off the Sioux Hustler Trail. That’s what flagged him to authorities.

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Man who allegedly defaced mural has roots in Rochester

This mural in Minneapolis was defaced Wednesday night reportedly by a man with roots in Rochester. (Contributed photo)
This mural in Minneapolis was defaced Wednesday night reportedly by a man with roots in Rochester. (Contributed photo)

A 26-year-old medical student with roots in Rochester defaced the mural of George Floyd on the side of Cup Foods in south Minneapolis with spray paint Tuesday night.

The Minnesota Reformer, a nonprofit, independent news organization, reported that after a few social media posts with “one blurry photo and the name Daniel,” the internet had identified him as Rochester medical student Daniel Michelson.

“It was a stupid thing he did," Daniel's father, Joel Michelson, told the Reformer. "He was drunk and he didn’t know what he was doing. He’s a very good kid, he’s very responsible, was under a lot of stress and over-imbibed and did the most stupid thing he’s ever done in his life, in any of our lives.”

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Minnesota farmer prepares to sell huge convertible car collection

Ron Windels points out features on his 1958 Chevrolet Impala, one of his many cars parked at his residence in New York Mills, Minn. David Samson / The Forum
Ron Windels points out features on his 1958 Chevrolet Impala, one of his many cars parked at his residence in New York Mills, Minn. David Samson / The Forum

In rural Otter Tail County, one of the biggest collections of convertibles around will be auctioned off in a month, but the collection is about more than just a love of cars.

In a few weeks, New York Mills farmer Ron Windels and his wife Carol will auction off most of their two-dozen convertibles, such as his 1956 Bel Air.

"I have collected every car from Impala or Bel Air from 1955-1969," Ron Windels said.

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Fargo woman finds a Chinese note, 'desperate' cry for help, in a Walmart box

Annette Rasile of Fargo opened a box of craft sticks she purchased at Walmart to find a handwritten Chinese letters tucked inside. David Samson / The Forum
Annette Rasile of Fargo opened a box of craft sticks she purchased at Walmart to find a handwritten Chinese letters tucked inside. David Samson / The Forum

As a master esthetician, Annette Rasile has purchased thousands of wooden craft sticks over the years. The sticks, which resemble those used in Popsicles, are used for the waxing services she provides. But in early July, something unusual happened when she opened the box she purchased from Walmart.

“I was surprised,” Rasile said. “I’ve bought so many craft sticks in my life, and this is the first time that there was a folded package of letters inside.”

While she might have initially assumed the papers were instructions from the manufacturer, it became pretty clear that wasn’t the case.

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Mayo invests in Abu Dhabi hospital venture

Mayo Clinic president and CEO Dr. Gianrico Farrugia touring the new four-tower, 741-bed Sheik Shakhbout Medical City with H.H. Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (center) and H.E. Salem Rashid Al Noaimi, chairman of SEHA (left), on November 24. Photo courtesy of Mayo Clinic.
Mayo Clinic president and CEO Dr. Gianrico Farrugia touring the new four-tower, 741-bed Sheik Shakhbout Medical City with H.H. Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (center) and H.E. Salem Rashid Al Noaimi, chairman of SEHA (left), on November 24. Photo courtesy of Mayo Clinic.

Mayo Clinic recently reported that it invested $50 million in a 741-bed hospital opening in the United Arab Emirates.

The Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City in Abu Dhabi is a joint venture between Mayo Clinic and the Abu Dhabi Health Services Co. This is the first Mayo Clinic hospital project outside of the U.S., although it does also have a "boutique clinic" in London.

While the Abu Dhabi project was originally announced in November, Mayo Clinic released more details about it on Thursday in an unaudited financial report for the first half of 2020.

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