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Monday News Update 02-05

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Welcome to your news update.

POLICE CHIEF TO OFFER TESTIMONY IN HIS OWN SEXUAL ABUSE TRIAL

The former small-town police chief accused of sexually abusing a child is expected to take the stand today.

James Watson's attorney says he plans to call his client to testify on his own behalf. Watson, the former police chief of LaMoure, is accused of sexually abusing a girl under 15-years-old over a period of several months. If found guilty he could get life in prison.

FISHING COMPETITION CHEATING INVESTIGATION

The biggest ice fishing competition in our area is investigating whether winners may have cheated.

The Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza is held each year on Gull Lake. Contest officials confirm they are investigating whether three men from Ohio, a father, son, and another relative, legitimately caught the fish they say they did. The trio won first, third, and 98th places among the 150 prize winners. However, the event's chairman says they have no proof that anyone cheated. The first place prize was a brand new pickup.

"SUPER SICK MONDAY" TO LOSE COMPANIES BILLIONS

With Super Bowl Sunday in the rear-view-mirror, it's now time to take on the work week.

However, today might not be the most productive day. According to a recent survey by Mucinex, more than 14 million Americans are expected to call in sick this morning. For those who do show up, studies say they are far less productive than normal. In fact, research shows the country loses an average of $1 billion due to lack of productivity on 'Super Sick Monday.' Because of this, there is a nation-wide effort to make 'Super Sick Monday' a national holiday.

FAMILY OF "DUTCH DESTROYER" MAKE IT TO THE SUPERBOWL TO SEE EAGLES WIN

Among the Eagles fans in the crowd at that game was the family of a boy who has become known as "Dutch Destroyer." 

He was a 10-year-old cancer victim who met Carson Wentz back in May of 2017 thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Lukas Kusters was later killed by his disease in June. A tweet says the family visited Kusters at the cemetary before driving to Minnesota with a framed picture of him in the car.

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