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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.
Two people who died in a home destroyed by fire Tuesday night in Hubbard County have been identified. Phyllis Kleeb, 79, and her son, Frank Kleeb, 56, were inside the residence when it caught fire. Phyllis' sister-in-law, Marcia Kleeb, was notified Wednesday morning of Phyllis and Frank’s deaths. Marcia said she could see the flames from her back door Tuesday night. "It hasn't sunk in yet," Marcia said. "I haven't gone over to look." The Bemidji, Cass Lake and Lakeport fire departments responded shortly before 8 p.m.
MOORHEAD – When 19-year-old Erica Clark found an envelope full of crisp $100 bills in a McDonald’s parking lot here, she couldn’t help but wonder if someone’s Christmas had just been ruined. “All I could think about was what if someone was going Christmas shopping and all their money was gone,” she said. Clark had stopped for lunch at the Eighth Street McDonald’s and was returning to her car on Tuesday afternoon when she found the Wells Fargo envelope stuffed with $2,800. Without hesitation, she took steps to find a way to get the money back to its rightful owner. “I never really h
Thanks to a passing snowplow driver, a Detroit Lakes man was rescued after his sports utility vehicle went into the Pelican River in the Detroit Lakes Industrial Park early Thursday morning. Michael John Anderson, 51, of Detroit Lakes was transported to Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital by ambulance. He was transfered to Sanford Health hospital in Fargo, where he was in a regular patient ward on Friday. The 1997 Honda SUV he was driving sustained significant damage, according to Detroit Lakes Police Sgt. Chad Glander.
Since Kathryn Knuttila was crowned as Miss Minnesota in 2010, the Detroit Lakes native has been busier than ever. While she was still the reigning titleholder, Kathryn met her future husband, Nashville musician Andy Karg, and they began writing and performing music together. “We just got married last year,” she says. “After we were married, we started a music company, 2-Gether Productions.” Their business includes everything from writing musical jingles for Twin Cities-area companies to writing and producing their own music. “We have a recording studio here in our home in St.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. – A man who tried to wheel a shopping cart full of electronic items out of the Wal-Mart here without paying didn’t get very far, police said. Officers were called to a theft in progress at Wal-Mart just after 5 p.m.
In his first 15 years in the trucking industry, Bill Brady was unaware of youth sex trafficking along America’s highways, a problem hiding in plain sight. But after the New York Mills resident joined Lodestar Transport Services in Barnesville as an owner-operator, he learned about the issue through Truckers Against Trafficking, a Colorado-based group dedicated to ending the crime.