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HALSTAD, Minn. – The city’s mayor here is in jail after being arrested Monday on allegations of criminal sexual conduct, terroristic and domestic abuse. Norman County Sheriff Jeremy Thornton said Steve Sortland was arrested following a traffic stop at about 4:35 p.m.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Cops in the Oil Patch say one year of experience there is what they’d see in five years elsewhere.
A Frazee man died Thursday night after being struck by a train. Sim Vincent Pettibone, 22, of 406 E. Main Ave. was pronounced dead at the scene. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad reported at 11:23 p.m. that one of their trains had struck a pedestrian 200 yards east of Lake Street. The incident is under investigation, according to a news release from Becker County Sheriff Kelly Shannon.
LAPORTE — More than half the community here gathered Monday to honor past and present U.S. soldiers on Memorial day. With a memorial service at the Laporte Public school gymnasium, an observance at Lakeport Cemetery and a veteran luncheon at Trinity Lutheran Church, remembering the sacrifices made by those in the military was a common thought for many. “Today (Memorial Day) isn’t about the barbecues, the beaches and the races.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. – A 22-year-old motorcyclist was killed in an accident near here on Sunday evening. Andrew Johnson, of Winger, was traveling southbound on County Road 4 about 22 miles northeast of here when he lost control of his motorcycle and went into the ditch, Mahnomen County Sheriff Doug Krier said in a news release. Deputies responded to a 911 call around 6:20 p.m. and found Johnson lying in the ditch next to his motorcycle.
The number of people who have died in motor vehicle crashes in Minnesota has topped 100 this year. At this rate, the Department of Public Safety projects that there will be around 400 killed by the end of year. That’s why safety officials are urging drivers to buckle up as part of a statewide “Click It or Ticket” campaign this week, which leads into the historically deadly summer driving season. Statistics are helpful in getting the message across about driving more safely. But a blunt, more chilling approach can also be effective.
By Stephen J. Lee Forum News Service FARGO – Ten years ago this month, a Minnesota prison released Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. to his Crookston, Minn., home, where he lived prior to kidnapping and killing University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin six months later. Her parents continue driving hours each time there’s a court hearing for Rodriguez, who is appealing a federal death sentence for murdering Sjodin. “Ten years,” said Dru’s mother, Linda Walker, after a brief Tuesday hearing in Fargo. “We think of Dru every single day.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that the body recovered from Lake Irving on May 16th was that of Matthew Charles Pulis, age 31. The cause of death has been determined as drowning. Mr. Pulis was last seen during the early morning hours of Saturday, October 20th, 2012 in the downtown area of Bemidji. At that time, the Bemidji Police Department conducted a 200 block, door to door search of the area between the last point Matt Pulis was seen and his residence.
By Tom Cherveny / West Central Tribune The Montevideo man who was apprehended as federal authorities seized explosive devices from his parent’s home appeared in federal court Tuesday.
Tom Cherveny / West Central Tribune MURDOCK — Four people were treated at the Swift County-Benson Hospital for inhalation of anhydrous ammonia, and two were subsequently transported by air ambulance following a semi-truck and train accident Tuesday morning west of Murdock, the Swift County Sheriff’s Office reported. The driver of the semi and trailer rig was transported to the hospital in Benson and airlifted.