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A proposed Minnesota House bonding bill includes $3.1 million for the Heartland trail link from Detroit Lakes to Frazee, and to begin work on the Heartland Trail segment from Moorhead to the Buffalo River State Park. But Republican support will be needed to pass the bill, and it’s not certain that support will materialize. Also in the bill is $250,000 to improve Nitche Lake Road in Pine Lake Township near Perham.
FARGO – A Fargo woman has died from injuries suffered in an apartment fire Saturday that also killed her boyfriend. Angela Wentz, 42, had been in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis since the fire at 925 Page Drive. She died between 7 and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Fargo Fire Marshal Norm Scott said he was told by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office.
An apparent Minnesota career criminal is up to his old tricks, only this time, his alleged victims are North Dakotans. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem on Tuesday issued a cease-and-desist order against Patrick J. Delare of Becker, Minn., for violating North Dakota’s consumer fraud laws, according to a release.
PELICAN RAPIDS – The father of Jesse Madson, the 30-year-old killed in a fire at a south Fargo apartment complex Saturday, received the tragic news in a phone call from Joshua Madson, Jesse’s 27-year-old brother. “It’s been a struggle. They were really close,” Daniel Madson said Tuesday. “I don’t think there’s anything harder than losing a brother.” “Or a son,” he added quietly.
Duluth pilot Kevin Ferris lacked the instrument rating recommended for the weather conditions that were forecasted for and existing at his destination of Moorhead, Minn., when he was killed in a plane crash March 29. “Instrument meteorological conditions were forecast before the flight originated and were present throughout the day for the destination airport,” the preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board said.
Fargo – A Fargo man is charged with attempted murder, accused of locking 2 men in his apartment and beating them with a sword and table leg. Along with attempted murder Damon White Bird is charged with felonious restraint and aggravated assault. Police say there were witnesses also in the apartment during the alleged assault. One victim suffered a skull fracture and internal bleeding. The other had puncture wounds on his upper back and chest, across his shoulders and on his face and hands.
HASTINGS, Minn. – A Hastings man was arrested Sunday afternoon after his 2-year-old son was found walking barefoot near 15th and Vermillion streets. At about 3 p.m. Sunday, Hastings police received a call that a 2-year-old boy was wandering around without supervision. The boy was carrying two bottles of Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Officers canvassed the area and searched for the child’s parents. They could not be found, so the child was taken to the police department for about two hours while the search continued.
FARGO – One person died and another was seriously injured in an apartment fire this morning at 925 Page Drive. The fire department was not releasing any identifying information about the victims, said Assistant Fire Chief Leroy Skarloken. Flames could be seen coming from a second-floor unit onto the patio when firefighters arrived on scene around 5:30 a.m. The three-floor apartment complex has 20 units, according to online information about it.
The cost of attending colleges and universities in eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota are still mostly on the low end compared to similar institutions nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s new online “college scorecard.” Graduation rates, meanwhile, put regional institutions mostly in the middle of the pack nationally.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - A Detroit Lakes man has been convicted and sentenced in Becker County District Court on seven felony counts of possessing child pornography. Christopher Damian Gessel, 35, of 3094 Kennedy Acres Road, Detroit Lakes, was ordered to serve a total of 84 months (seven years) in prison and fined $210.