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BRAINERD, Minn. - It was a close call Wednesday morning when a tractor-trailer got stuck on BNSF railroad tracks in Brainerd with a train approaching. The train, loaded with coal, stopped about 100 feet before it would have reached the truck. No injuries were reported. Brainerd police were dispatched to the railroad crossing just before 10 a.m. Police Chief Corky McQuiston said officers immediately noticed an eastbound train entering Brainerd and approaching the location where the truck was stuck.
VIRGINIA, Minn. – Roberta Caskey remembers seeing her former husband standing on a street corner, looking around. Timothy Caskey had been released from jail earlier in the day on July 14, 2011, after being held for violating the order for protection Roberta had filed against him. Once out, he called her repeatedly; Virginia police advised her to stay inside. But Roberta, known as Bobbi to her family and friends, went outside that evening to locate her 9-year-old son.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – Michael Alan Burris, who is accused of killing his nephew over a drug debt, has been returned to Otter Tail County to face murder charges. The 65-year-old was returned to Minnesota on a governor’s warrant and recently made his first court appearance in Otter Tail District Court. The body of Scott Burris was found in the Otter Tail River near Fergus Falls in May 2012.
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MINNEAPOLIS - The Metrodome is now an open-air stadium. On Sunday, workers detonated explosives bringing down the cables that held what was left of the roof in place.
In the woods south of Nimrod, Minn., the Crow Wing River wraps around Jerry Mevissen’s 50-acre homestead, a tranquil base for penning tales about life in small town Minnesota. “This place is so inspirational,” the 81-year-old author said last Friday afternoon, amid a crackling fire, as he gazed out his tall windows toward the river. “I’ll never tire of that.” His dog, Princess Sofia, keeps him company, along with his many friends.
ST. PAUL — Millions of Midwesterners face the threat of not being able to buy enough propane to heat their homes and businesses at a time when the country has more of the fuel than ever. The propane just is not where it needs to be, the Propane Education and Research Council reported Thursday. Also Thursday, Upper Midwest propane users got a couple sparks of good news. First, Texas Gov.
ST. PAUL -- President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech promise to "give Americans a raise" raised the hopes of Minnesotans who want the state minimum wage increased. The Democratic-controlled Minnesota House already is on record in favor of a $9.50-an-hour wage, but fellow Democrats in the Senate majority stopped well short of that level last year. “With the president’s call for a $10.10 minimum wage coupled with Gov.
Fire at potato warehouse consumes building, sets records It’s been just over a week since a large R.D. Offutt Co. potato warehouse near Perham went up in a blaze. The remains of the warehouse, located northwest of town on Otter Tail County Highway 80, were still smoking and smoldering where they lay as of press time Tuesday. Perham Fire Chief Mark Schmidt said the preliminary damage estimate is at about $4.5 million. Investigators from the state fire marshal’s office and R.D.
Charges are pending against an unknown number of people for illegally taking, transporting and/or possessing too many walleyes on Lake of the Woods, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported this week. In a statement issued by Chris Niskanen, DNR communications director in St. Paul, at the request of the Herald, an investigation by the DNR’s Division of Enforcement documented numerous violations.