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By Archie Ingersoll / The Forum FARGO – The gunshot suicide of Lt. Jeff Skuza on Tuesday morning left Fargo police grieving the loss of a veteran officer remembered as a consummate professional. “Today was a bad day for the Fargo Police Department,” Chief Keith Ternes said, as tears welled in his eyes. “Tomorrow won’t be easier.
BEMIDJI, Minn. – Motorists in Walker may encounter lane closures and brief delays along Highway 371 (Minnesota Avenue)tomorrow as crews remove trees along the highway right of way. The trees identified for removal are located between Second Street and Walker Bay Boulevard.
Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on March 10, 2014 at approximately 6:39PM the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a house fire in the 2700 block of 36th The Pine River Fire Department was dispatched and arrived to find the home fully engulfed in fire. No injuries were reported. The fire remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office, Pine River Fire Department and the State Fire Marshall’s Office. The Backus Fire Department and the Pequot Lakes Fire Department assisted at the scene.
By Amy Chaffins / Alexandria Echo Press ALEXANDRIA, Minn.
By Vicki Gerdes / DL Newspapers Lake Park Mayor Aaron Wittnebel entered an Alford plea on the felony charge of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult in Becker County District Court Monday. At a contested omnibus hearing held late Monday afternoon, Wittnebel answered “yes” to a question from Judge Jay Carlson, in which he asked whether Wittnebel believed the state had sufficient evidence for a jury to find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. But an Alford plea, as laid o
By Bryce Haugen At a special meeting Monday, Sebeka City Council members unanimously accepted the retirement of the town’s police chief, who was recently cited for driving while intoxicated, and appointed a part-time officer as interim chief. Eric Swenson, 48, had been a Sebeka police officer for 28 years and the chief since 2007. In a one-sentence letter to the council dated March 9, he ended that tenure.
By Pippi Mayfield / DL Newspapers With the investigation and punishment complete in the Frazee teacher and coach incident, the district has revealed the details of the complaint.
By Mike Longaecker/ Woodbury Bulletin T. PAUL – Prosecutors say a Woodbury man wearing a fake badge pulled out a handgun and shot an acquaintance at nearly point-blank range Friday at a St. Paul sports bar. Patrick Timothy Juetten, 30, was charged Monday in Ramsey County with one count of second-degree attempted murder after allegedly leaving a man with a gunshot wound to the chest. The gunshot victim, identified in a criminal complaint as T.J.G., told police that Juetten, a high school classmate, had called him up and later met him at Tom Reid’s Bar. T.J.G.
WEST FARGO – The Red River Valley Fair on Tuesday morning announced country music artists Kellie Pickler and Billy Currington, along with Minnesota rock act Hairball and heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch, will play the fair this year. The headliners for July 8 and 13 have not yet been announced. Tickets for grandstand shows are free with paid gate admission, which is $8 for adults. The Red River Valley Fair runs from July
By Archie Ingersoll MOORHEAD – Prosecutors have accused a Clay County Jail inmate with one leg of knocking out a correctional officer and breaking bones in his face. The inmate, Damien Leon Heminger, 24, Moorhead, was charged Monday with fourth-degree assault of a correctional employee and third-degree assault. According to court papers, officers were loading Clay County inmates into a vehicle Friday to be transferred to the Polk