Easy Automation offers scholarship

WELCOME — In honor of former employee Bruce Larson, Easy Automation Inc. is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a student pursuing a degree in a program from his area of expertise. The scholarship is for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Students attending a two or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school are eligible. An application and information are available at Easy Automation in Welcome, by calling (507) 728-8214 or by emailing The application deadline is April 1.

Bruce P. Larson was a long-time employee of Easy Automation Inc. In his more than 20 years of service, Larson was instrumental in developing the electrical/controls department at Easy Automation.

Larson lost his battle with cancer on May 3, 2015.

Plymouth police probe death

PLYMOUTH (AP) — Police are investigating a death in a Twin Cities suburb.

Authorities say someone at the Stoneleigh at the Reserve apartment complex in Plymouth called 911 shortly after midnight Tuesday. When officers arrived they found one person dead.

Police did not say if the victim was a man or a woman.

Plymouth Police Chief Mike Goldstein says investigators are working to talk with those who may have witnessed the incident, what led up to it, or its aftermath. Goldstein says the community is not in danger.

Judges approve release of rapist

ST. PAUL (AP) — A three-judge panel has cleared a serial rapist, whose case once triggered a political firestorm, for conditional release from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, but the state Department of Human Services said Tuesday that it would appeal.

Thomas R. Duvall, 62, has spent the past 30 years locked up for the violent rapes of teenage girls in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1987, Duvall bound a Brooklyn Park girl with an electrical cord and raped her repeatedly over several hours while hitting her with a hammer.

The judicial panel on Monday approved Duvall’s provisional discharge, saying his progress in treatment outweighs his “fearful diagnosis” as a sexual sadist, the Star Tribune reported. At a hearing last April, therapists and others program staffers depicted Duvall as a reformed man who was contrite about his violent history and ready for a return to the community.

But Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper said she will try to block his release.