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By Crystal Dey / Bemidji Pioneer BEMIDJI – The investigation into a 6-year-old Bemidji girl’s death may stretch into next week. Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin said Wednesday that the investigation is ongoing and could wrap up Monday. “I’m thinking about that 6-year-old girl,” Mastin said. “I’m not going to hinder an investigation by releasing information before the case is closed.” Once the investigation is completed, the child’s name will be released; it has been withheld at the family’s request.
Township annual meetings will be held March 11 this year, and many townships also have their annual election of officers that day. In Minnesota, if you don’t live in an incorporated city, you live in a township … It’s important to vote and have a say in your leadership. Like cities, each township has a unique character. Their governing structure is the same, but some of the issues they face are quite different – from water quality to gravel mining to farming to logging.
SEBEKA, Minn. - The Sebeka City Council will hold a closed meeting at 6 p.m. Monday to discuss the city’s police chief, who was cited last week on a charge of driving while intoxicated. A New York Mills police officer stopped Eric Swenson, 48, just outside city limits about 11 p.m. Feb. 26.
By Vickie Gerdes / DL Newspapers DETROIT LAKES, Minn.
DILWORTH – A Mexican national living in Los Angeles is accused of working with another person to steal more than $9,000 worth of DVDs from Wal-Mart stores in the Fargo area in 2012. Samantha Velez-Diaz, 28, was arrest Tuesday on a felony charge of aiding and abetting a theft. The charge carries a potential maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, if convicted. Court documents allege Wal-Mart store workers in Dilworth and in Fargo notified police in April 2012 of a man and a woman caught on surveillance tape working together to steal DVDs.
HILLSBORO, N.D. - Two women were killed Wednesday afternoon in a one-vehicle rollover near Hillsboro. A Fargo woman, 23, was driving a 1995 Ford Explorer SUV north on Interstate 29, two miles north of Hillsboro, at about 3:15 p.m. when the SUV entered the median and rolled several times.
Duluth News Tribune The former fire chief of Babbitt, who is awaiting sentencing for setting a series of fires in the Superior National Forest, has been diagnosed as a pyromaniac, according to a prosecutor quoted in a document filed Tuesday in federal court in Minneapolis Ryan G. Scharber, 30, who resigned as chief of the St. Louis County community’s volunteer fire department in December 2012, should be given a five-year sentence, based on federal sentencing guidelines, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Dunne argued in the memorandum.
By Al Edenloff / Alexandria Echo Press Todd County was within its rights to fire a former sheriff’s deputy, according to a state arbitrator. Mark Grinstead, who now serves as a part-time police officer for the city of Osakis, filed a grievance with the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services about his termination, claiming the county’s actions were without just cause. In defending the termination, Todd County’s labor attorney, Kristi Hastings, said Grinstead had a history of vehicle accidents, mostly due to excessive speed, driving unreasonably in light of conditions and distracted dri