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PERHAM, Minn.—A rural Perham man was injured Sunday, Dec. 25, when a fish house fire spread to nearby residences. According to a report released by the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office: Perham area fire crews and members of the sheriff's office were called about 6:30 a.m. Sunday to the rural Perham residence of Paul Krause, 62, where a fire in a fish house on dry land spread to nearby structures.
FRAZEE, Minn.—One person died and another was critically injured when a vehicle struck two pedestrians early Sunday, Dec. 25, on Highway 29 about five miles north of Frazee, according to a report released by Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander. According to the report: A vehicle driven by Alexis Birky, 20, of Frazee, was driving southbound on the highway about 6 a.m. Sunday, when her vehicle collided with two people who were walking in the southbound lane of the highway.
ST. PAUL -- Forum News Service will host a briefing with the governor and four legislative leaders at 1 p.m. Monday afternoon, Dec. 19. View the live stream here
A Detroit Lakes man was killed in a head-on crash between a van and SUV around midnight Wednesday, Dec. 14. The victim is 58-year-old Bruce Vidden. He was on Highway 59 and Becker County Road 104 when one of the vehicles crossed the center line around midnight. 74-year-old Duane Koltes, of Fargo, was injured.
DEVILS LAKE ,N.D. -- A Devils Lake couple was arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse after a maintenance worker discovered an infant and a toddler alone in an apartment, with one of the children allegedly barricaded inside a bedroom. Lisa Marie Hasan, born 1994, and Eric Federico Preciado, born 1980, were detained in the incident, according to the Ramsey County State’s Attorney’s Office.
ST. PAUL—State officials say they know who made a vague threat to northern Minnesota schools, causing dozens to be locked down on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension announced Thursday that agents identified a juvenile who on Wednesday posted a message in an online chat room threatening violence at an unnamed northern Minnesota school. The BCA says there is no threat to schools. No problems were reported Wednesday as many law enforcement agencies sent officers to guard schools with outside doors locked as a precaution.
A 41-year-old man was found Monday, Nov. 7, deceased in the woods after suffering an apparent gunshot wound in central Minnesota. Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen reported deputies were called at 5:04 p.m. to a possible hunting accident on property near the intersection of Hawthorne Road and Jewel Road in Belle Prairie Township east of Little Falls. According to the sheriff's office, Terrence Brisk was found deceased by a family member. Brisk was believed to be hunting as he was wearing blaze orange.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—A woman who had been arrested at a fire in downtown Alexandria managed to get behind the wheel of a squad car and drove off at speeds topping 100 mph before she was caught near Sauk Centre on Sunday, Nov. 6. Alexandria police say Jennifer Hillard, 35, of Alexandria, faces charges of arson, theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing a peace officer, driving while impaired, possession of a controlled substance, reckless driving and speeding related to the fire and the chase.
An influx of outdoor mice has area homeowners on the verge of mouse madness. Mouse traps and mouse bait have been selling at record levels, exterminators are staying busy and people who have never had house cats before are bringing in "mousers" to join the fight. On its Facebook page, the Detroit Lakes Tribune asked if people were having worse-than-usual mice problems this year.
Authorities are wondering what was spilled yesterday at a recycling center in Fergus Falls. Workers say a chemical leaked out of a recycling container, and what happened next forced them to evacuate. Officials told Forum News Service that when the material spilled on the ground, it began bubbling and smoking. They say the material was yellowish, gelatinous, and smelled like acid as it reacted on the ground. Folks in Fergus Falls were left with questions.