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Around the state: Drazkowski questions Omar's campaign spending

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Drazkowski questions Omar's campaign spending

ST. PAUL — A Minnesota state representative is alleging that Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar misspent $3,000 in campaign money on personal travel.

Republican Rep. Steve Drazkowski is questioning Omar's campaign purchase of a plane ticket to Estonia and another to Boston to speak at a political rally. Omar's congressional campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It's the latest allegation by Drazkowski against Omar, who is seeking to become the first Somali-American in Congress. The state's campaign finance board earlier ordered an investigation of her state House campaign after Drazkowski alleged that she used campaign money for personal expenses.

Drazkowski suggested that the Omar campaign's $2,250 in payments to a law firm were for her divorce proceedings. Omar has said they were campaign-related fees.

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Powerful winds whip up waves, flood Lake Superior shoreline

DULUTH — Powerful winds have whipped up big waves along the shores of Lake Superior, flooding a business district and causing power outages.

The National Weather Service said a Canadian freighter measured a wind gust of 86 mph near Castle Danger north of Duluth Wednesday afternoon. Hurricane-force wind begins at 74 mph. The gale-force winds are creating waves as high as 14 to 18 feet. The Canal Park business district near the lake was flooded.

The high wind knocked out service for about 4,700 Minnesota Power customers in the Duluth area Wednesday morning.

Fugitive who vowed to 'never be caught' arrested in Indiana

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — A Minnesota fugitive who taunted authorities on social media by vowing she'd "never be caught" has been arrested in northern Indiana.

Tiesha Monique Moore, 31, was taken into custody Monday in Michigan City by members of the Twin Cities Apprehension Team. She was wanted on 16 outstanding warrants, including felony theft and domestic assault, all from Minnesota.

She's being held in Indiana awaiting extradition to Minnesota.

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Stew Peters is the lead investigator for the Twin Cities Apprehension Team. He says multiple residences in Minnesota, North Dakota and Indiana were searched for Moore, who had taunted investigators on Facebook.

Michigan City Police Sgt. Chris Yagelski says a local informant helped in the arrest. Michigan City borders Lake Michigan and is about 50 miles east of Chicago.

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