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TENSTRIKE, Minn.—Two people were injured Tuesday, Dec. 19, and a highway closed after a crash involving a propane delivery truck north of Bemidji.
WHITE EARTH, Minn. — A spike in overdoses on the White Earth Reservation in the past 48 hours prompted law enforcement there to warn the public Tuesday, Dec. 19, about heroin-related risks. A news release sent Tuesday morning said that in the past two days the White Earth Police Department and the Mahnomen County Sheriff's Department responded to seven "overdose related" calls, two of which resulted in deaths. In the release, White Earth Police Chief Michael LaRoque said that even regular heroin users are at risk of an overdose and encouraged them to seek help.
BEMIDJI—A woman drowned and a man survived after the ATV they were riding went through the ice on Grace Lake early Saturday, Dec. 16. According to the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office, the pair went through the ice just after 12 a.m. Saturday. Grace Lake straddles Beltrami and Hubbard counties and is about 8 miles southeast of Bemidji just off U.S. Highway 2.
Alex James French, 19, of Park Rapids has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony second-degree burglary. A gross misdemeanor charge of check forgery was dismissed in a plea agreement. According to court records, on Jan. 28 he wrote three checks totaling $240 at Chief's Corner Store in rural Becker County. The checks had allegedly been stolen and forged.
WALKER—Kid Rock will headline Moondance Jam 27 in Walker in summer 2018. According to a press release, Kid Rock will headline the July 20 performances of the annual three-day festival, which runs July 19-21. Kid Rock will be his Greatest Show on Earth tour to promote his new album "Sweet Southern Sugar." An artist who has bridged the hip hop, rock and country genres, Kid Rock first hit the national music scene in 1998 with his "Devil Without a Cause" album. To date, Kid Rock has sold more than 26 million albums and continues to tour regularly
BECKER COUNTY, Minn. - Two Park Rapids, Minn. men have been charged with felonies after allegedly selling cattle they did not own. Bret Ricardo Glatzmaier, 49, of rural Park Rapids has been charged in Becker County District Court with two felony counts of rustling and cattle theft, and Christopher Charles Strehlow, 31, of Park Rapids has been charged with one felony count of rustling and cattle theft.
BRAINERD, Minn.—Eight deer ventured out onto the ice of South Long Lake southeast of Brainerd on Saturday morning. Three fell through the ice and died and four were able to walk off the lake on their own. The eighth deer, too, fell through the ice, but was rescued by lake residents.
STAPLES, Minn. — The 17-year-old boy who was driving a horse and buggy that was hit by a semi-truck in northern Todd County has died, the Minnesota State Patrol reported Friday, Dec. 1. David Miller of Staples was driving the horse and buggy west on Highway 210 between Hewitt and Staples on Thursday. A semi-truck driven by Douglas Calkins, 60, of Deerwood, also was westbound and rear-ended the horse and buggy.
CASS COUNTY, Minn. — Three individuals wanted in connection with an ongoing homicide investigation have been located by authorities. The Cass County Sheriff's Office shared on its Facebook page the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 28, that three people are in custody and cooperating with an investigation surrounding a fatal shooting Sunday, Nov. 12, in Cass Lake, Minn.
FLORIDA—A Minnesota man who is wanted for federal drug charges led police on a high-speed chase this weekend in Florida. Authorities say the man responsible has an arrest warrant issued from Moorhead. Thirty-five-year-old Ryan Swartley from Park Rapids is being held on a charge of aggravated fleeing, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He is also charged with violating probation after leading police on a pursuit through Panama City Beach on Saturday. Authorities say the speeds reached over 90 miles an hour.