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MOORHEAD - One of the thousands of trucks inspected at the Red River Weigh Station this year was a nondescript 18-wheeler driven by a bald, middle-aged man named Timothy Vafeades. A 19-year-old woman was traveling with him.
BEMIDJI -- You could almost hear the “I told you so” in Sheriff Phil Hodapp’s voice Thursday morning. He warned last week that the ice on Lake Bemidji wasn’t strong enough to support the weight of a vehicle.
MOORHEAD — The rack of a massive bull elk shot this fall in northwest Minnesota has been scored by a certified measurer for the Boone and Crockett Club, and it’s all but official the trophy will be the highest-scoring elk ever taken by hunting in Minnesota. Brad Penas of Moorhead shot the 6x7 bull Sept.
The Honorable Rodney C. Hanson, a 1978 Wadena High School graduate, was recently appointed by governor Mark Dayton as judge to Minnesota's eighth judicial district in Pope county. Hanson's investiture was held Nov. 15, where he was sworn in at his chambered courthouse in Glenwood. Along with family and friends, Hanson's parents, longtime Wadena residents Harlyn and Janette Hanson were present. Hanson was sworn in by a family bible held by his mother. Prior to his judgeship, Hanson was a partner for 27 years at Anderson, Larson, Hanson and Saunders Law Firm in Willmar.
MOORHEAD – A Sanford Health employee whose job involved investigating and reporting elder abuse and neglect is accused of stealing about $20,000 from her own grandmother. Alyse Ann Penner, 28, of Moorhead, was charged Tuesday in Clay County District Court with one felony count of exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Sanford Health officials said Penner’s employment as a social worker at Sanford Medica
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MORRIS – A woman was killed in a motor vehicle-train crash just after 2 p.m. on Wednesday in Morris.
The condition of University of Minnesota Duluth sophomore Alyssa Lommel remains critical but stable at a hospital in St. Paul where she is being treated for severe frostbite and hypothermia. Lommel’s family reported on the Caring Bridge website Wednesday that she had an uneventful night, “which is good,” the post read. “Her breathing has improved somewhat, but she is still on the ventilator. She had another transfusion this morning.” The post said Lommel had no procedures done Wednesday, and doctors are using time to let frozen tissues heal.
The future of state aid that many local Minnesota governments depend on may be at stake, as property taxes appear to be headed up. By mid-December, city, county and other local officials decide how much property tax they will collect. Those decisions come on the heels of the Democratic Legislature and governor sending them large bundles of new money in the name of property tax relief. If taxes go up, local governments may see less state aid in the future.
Another Becker County family has been left homeless by fire. Flames were coming through the roof of an older two-story house when Audubon firefighters arrived at the scene on East Little Cormorant Road Monday afternoon. Nobody was injured and no pets were harmed in the fire, which essentially destroyed the home owned by a retired couple, Mary and Oran Holtsclaw. Three people lived there in all. Audubon firefighters were on the scene for about three hours. A wood-burning fireplace was the culprit, according to Audubon Fire Chief Darcy Savig.