Matt Henson / Forum News Service
WHITE EARTH, Minn. — After a fatal shooting at a home on the White Earth Indian Reservation last weekend, family and friends of Jamie Lee Bevins Jr. are still trying to grasp the fact that he's gone. They are also providing more details on the shooting that took the life of the 27-year-old father, who they say was DJ'ing a graduation party that had carried on into the early morning hours of Sunday, June 9, at a home in Maple Grove Township, 20 miles north of Detroit Lakes.
FARGO — Richelle Condon, a teacher in Standing Rock, was on her way back from the Twin Cities to Bismarck with her daughter when they made a last-second decision to stop at the West Acres mall for some lunch. They parked in a remote part of the parking lot, and on their way back to the car something caught Condon's attention. "I heard a little baby crying, and I thought that was weird," she recalled. Condon peeked through the windows, which were rolled down a few inches, and said what she saw was heart-wrenching — a baby alone in the car, sweating.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. — The 22-year-old man accused of unleashing a hail of gunfire in the middle of a small northwest Minnesota town Sunday night, May 12, has been charged with attempted murder. Police said Chase William Gagnon shot a 9mm handgun 11 times in the middle of Mahnomen, and an initial news release from the Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office said the gunfire was in random directions.
OGEMA, Minn. — When a woman and her two sons were found dead inside their home on the White Earth Indian Reservation on March 18, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was called to investigate. More than one month later, the results of the autopsies have been released. Emma Laroque, 28, shot and killed 4-year-old Frederick York and 9-year-year old Shane Woods was strangled and suffered numerous sharp force injuries, according to the reports. Emma Laroque then shot and killed herself.
MENAHGA, Minn. — It's one of the top golfing destinations in Lakes Country and nearly four months after a devastating fire , the course is back in full swing. The Blueberry Pines Golf, Dining & Event Center in Wadena County is open for business, but its landmark log clubhouse is gone after being reduced to ashes by a January fire. An exact cause was never determined, but fire officials believe an old propane tank may have been to blame.
GRAND FORKS — Traffic moved smoothly on the Kennedy Bridge Tuesday evening, April 9, but that won't always be the case for the next few days. For the first time since 2011, two bridges connecting the cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks have been closed because of flooding, leaving just one crossing. With the Sorlie and Point bridges closed, 35,000 cars will now cram across the Kennedy Bridge each day. Normally only 14,000 cars use the crossing, and some drivers say it's already added 20 minutes or more to their commute.
FARGO — Some Fargo residents were greeted by an unwelcome surprise on their windshields Thursday morning, March 7: pamphlets that appeared to be from local members of a national group of white supremacists. Captioned "all hate crimes are hoaxes," the black-and-white pamphlets show a group of prominent black and liberal media figures. U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., a presidential candidate, is among those shown on the pamphlet, as well as Oprah Winfrey and Joy Behar, co-host on the View.
NEVIS, Minn. — Three people are dead and a sheriff's deputy is hurt after an officer-involved shooting in Nevis.
BISMARCK — A proposal to change the state's juvenile justice laws is set to head to the North Dakota House floor next week after members of Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the measure following testimony from parents of juvenile sexual assault victims. Children and parents, including a Fargo family who says their 4-year-old daughter was raped by a 13-year-old boy when they left her in the care of family friends, shared their stories with state lawmakers at the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — Several northeast Minnesota communities are without power in dangerously low temperatures brought by the polar vortex. Outages were reported in a number of towns in Polk and Mahnomen Counties Tuesday night, Jan. 29, east of Grand Forks. The Minnesota towns of Winger, McIntosh, Erskine, Waubun and Bejou have all been without power and heat since 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. It is unclear at this time how many customers are affected.