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FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- A man on trial for the murder of nephew confessed to the killing and pleaded guilty Thursday. Michael Alan Burris was accused of murdering Scott Burris, who died from a single gunshot wound in May 2012 in Otter Tail County. He pleaded guilty during the third day of his trial Thursday to second-degree unintentional murder.
As the heating season kicks in, the Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) encourage Minnesotans to contact their utilities now to learn more about the Cold Weather Rule protection to keep homes heated all winter long, and avoid disconnection. Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule takes effect on Oct. 15 and protects residential utility customers from having their heat shut off through April 15.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – Police here are looking to identify a man who was spotted Tuesday night looking around Larry’s RV Sales, the business where the body of North Dakota State University student Thomas Bearson was found Sept. 23. Moorhead police were sent to Larry’s RV Sales, 3002 24th Ave. S., about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a report of a suspicious man.
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn - A motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a water tanker truck Tuesday afternoon in Washington County, authorities said. The motorcycle and water tanker truck collided shortly after 3 p.m. at 110th Street and Nyberg Avenue, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The intersection is west of St. Croix Trail, where crews were repaving the roadway. The identity of the victim was not released.
BARNESVILLE, Minn. – One man has been taken to the hospital after a semi and a car collided with a moose near Barnesville Wednesday morning. Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow said the crash happened on Interstate 94 near Barnesville shortly before 5 a.m. A semi hit the moose, and then a car heading in the same direction struck the animal as it was lying in the roadway. One driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. The moose was killed.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- The murder trial of a Fergus Falls man accused of killing his nephew is scheduled to begin today with jury selection. Michael Alan Burris is accused of murdering his nephew, Scott Burris, who died from a single gunshot wound in May 2012. His, son, Michael Kyle Burris, admitted to helping his father, dispose of his cousin’s dead body in May of 2012. The 24-year-old Burris pleaded guilty in August to aiding an offender-accomplice after the fact of murder.
MOORHEAD – Authorities have identified a man whose body was found in the Red River two weeks ago. Clement Bravebull, 48, had been in the water for an unknown amount of time and did not have any identification on him when he was found near downtown Sept. 29, police said. This afternoon, police were able to reach Bravebull’s family and notify them of his death.
ST. PAUL – Minnesota's governor and senators are asking the federal government to include Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in the enhanced screening effort to intercept Ebola cases. According to a news release this morning, Gov. Mark Dayton and Sens.
A Frazee man has been sentenced for felony fifth degree drug possession. Gary Wayne Merrill, 34, was sentenced in Becker County Court to 18 months in prison, with 149 days of credit for time served. According to court records, Merrill was arrested after police were called to Payless Shoes store in Detroit Lakes on May 6 after employees there became suspicious of a pickup truck outside the store containing three occupants.
MOORHEAD — Minnesota’s three major-party governor candidates go on stage Wednesday to answer greater Minnesota and general state government questions. Voters may attend the 7 p.m. event at Hansen Theatre on the Minnesota State University Moorhead campus. The 90-minute debate will be televised live on WDAY’Z Xtra channels in northwestern Minnesota (channel 6.3 over the air on WDAY and 8.3 on WDAZ) and streamed live on Forum Communications Co.