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A Menahga family is homeless after a New Year’s Eve fire burned their house to the ground. Diann and Ken Phillips watched Wednesday morning as flames continued to lick at the remains of the frame home on Wadena County 31, two miles east of Menahga. Fire departments from Menahga, Park Rapids and Sebeka battled sub-zero temperatures in the futile effort. The home they’d live in for 25 years was gone in two hours. “We’re waiting for the Salvation Army,” said Diann Phillips, shivering in the cold.
CASSELTON, N.D. – Cass County officials urged the people of Casselton and the surrounding area to evacuate their homes as they dealt with the fallout from a massive fire caused by a train derailment and collision here Monday afternoon. The fire started about 2:10 p.m. when a westbound grain train derailed about a half-mile west of Casselton and slammed into an eastbound 106-car train carrying crude oil.
A late central Minnesota woman’s wish for safer homes has come true now that the New Year has begun. Once Janet Thompson learned she had terminal lung cancer, her health battle joined with a fight to make sure Minnesotans knew about the danger of radon. Thompson, who lived in Glenwood, south of Alexandria, tried to talk people into checking their homes for radon, a colorless, odorless gas that can cause cancer. Her sister, Lori Thompson-Garry of Eagan, took up the cause and told legislators early in 2013 about the dangers of radon. They passed a law, signed by Gov.
The Laker varsity boys hockey team won the Eveleth "Home of Hockey" Holiday Invitational this weekend, beating Kittson Cental 5-2, Mankato East 10-3, and Eveleth 7-2 in the championship game. Perham's Ryan DeConcini scored a hat trick plus one, netting four goals against Eveleth in the final.
BEMIDJI -- Shining as brightly as Lupus in the southern sky, a twinkling wolf joined Paul and Babe on a dark northern winter night Friday in Bemidji. The Northwoods Wolf...
City officials say it’s safe to use debit and credit cards again at the municipal liquor store, after it was identified as the source of the largest transaction card fraud case in Detroit Lakes history. Lakes Liquor “suffered a compromise in its data system resulting in unauthorized access to customer credit card account information,” according to Jim Watland, Lakes Liquor manager. Customers who used their credit card or debit card at Lakes Liquor from Oct. 27 to Nov.
MORRIS – Morris Area High School Principal Craig Peterson has been charged with four felony counts of criminal sexual conduct after allegedly assaulting an acquaintance at his home in Morris. Peterson, 36, has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and and two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree. Peterson made his first appearance in Stevens County District Court on Thursday. According to the complaint, the victim, age 30, arranged to meet Peterson at the American Legion in Morris on Saturday, Dec. 21 at about 9 p.m.
H1N1, the nasty flu bug that gave us the pandemic of 2009, is back, the government’s lead health agency says. A Minnesota infectious disease specialist agrees, but she says it’s too early to tell how big of a factor it will be in the current influenza season. “While we are seeing proportionately more cases of H1N1 so far this year, I think it’s way too early to say that that’s going to be the predominant strain,” said Jennifer Heath, immunization outreach nurse specialist for the Minnesota Department of Health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a health advisory to
FARGO – Forum Communications Co., which publishes The Forum, has entered into an agreement to purchase newspaper properties in the lakes country of north central Minnesota – including the Brainerd Dispatch. The deal is to be completed Jan. 1. Forum Communications Co. is purchasing the properties from Morris Communications, a media company based in Augusta, Ga. Prior to the latest deal, Forum Communications Co.
HALSTAD, Minn. – Sexual assault charges against the mayor here have been dropped after the alleged victim’s credibility was called into question. In May, Mayor Steve Sortland was accused of raping a female acquaintance, and he was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and third-degree criminal sexual conduct.