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BRAINERD, Minn. -- A 38-year-old Brainerd man was struck and killed by a BNSF Railway train during the early morning hours Wednesday, July 11, in Brainerd, railroad officials reported. The fatality was reported about 2:35 a.m. A BNSF statement from spokeswoman Amy McBeth said a person was lying on the tracks when the train approached. The person was not at a designated crossing, McBeth said.
IRONTON, Minn. -- A 29-year-old northern Minnesota man remained in critical condition on Friday, July 6, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis after a firework exploded in his face. The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched at 10:14 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, in Ironton to a medical call involving fireworks. Upon arrival, deputies observed an ambulance transporting Derek Amerud to Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby with an apparent injury to his face.
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. — U.S. border authorities at the International Falls port of entry discovered $600,000 worth of counterfeit dolls in a rail container. Officers seized 60,180 mermaid and fashion dolls in June after an inspection revealed copyright protected markings on them, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The counterfeit merchandise had a suggested retail price of $601,198.
WALKER, Minn. — Cass County commissioners declared a state of emergency Tuesday, July 3, to make the county eligible for a 75 percent state reimbursement for the cost to repair flooded roads. The most significant event occurred June 17, according to Emergency Services Director Chad Emery, but the state is leaving open eligible damages since that date, because heavy rains have continued to damage roads.
HIBBING, Minn. -- A $25,000 reward is being offered in the investigation into a year-old homicide case in Hibbing, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said. Brian Nelson, 60, was killed sometime between July 8-10, 2017, inside his home behind The Bottle Shop liquor store, which he owned. His death happened during the annual Jubilee Community Festival in Hibbing.
BEMIDJI - Officials confirmed Wednesday evening that a tornado with 90 to 100 mph winds touched down in Bemidji earlier in the day. The EF1 tornado caused severe damage in certain areas of Bemidji, but reports of damage from the storm were reported around southern Beltrami County.
ROSEAU, Minn. -- A three-wheeled motorcycle flipped after the axle broke, leaving a Strathcona, Minn., man seriously injured near here.
SLAYTON, Minn. — Residents in southwestern Minnesota are stacking sandbags and bracing for more rain after torrential downpours washed out roads and flooded basements. On Tuesday, Lyon, Redwood and Murray counties were dealing with headaches after an estimated 8 to 10 inches of rain fell overnight in some places.
ST. PAUL -- The Fourth of July is statistically one of the worst holidays of the year for drunk driving in Minnesota, figures for the past five years show. Law enforcement has made an average of 3.9 arrests per hour for driving while intoxicated, 2013-2017 statistics from the Minnesota Department Public Safety show. Labor Day and St. Patrick’s Day follow at 3.8 per hour.
MAPLETON, N.D. – Authorities have identified 13 people involved in a serious crash involving a van full of girls basketball players and another car Thursday night, June 28, south of Mapleton. The crash happened at 8:41 p.m. on Cass County Road 15 and 42nd Street SE, approximately four miles west of West Fargo, according to a news release.