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FRAZEE — Frazee-Vergas High School head wrestling coach and gym teacher John Barlund was placed on paid administrative leave on Wednesday, pending an investigation. The district can’t release any other...
“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain,...
Spring is here, but the maple trees don’t believe it — the sap isn’t running yet. What with the deep snow and the lingering winter temperatures, it’s been a tough...
There's no love lost in the Senate District 10 race between laidback DFL incumbent Dan Skogen and fiery Republican challenger Gretchen Hoffman. Skogen, a sports director for a radio station in Wadena, lives with his wife about eight miles south of Wadena on a hobby farm. "I've focused a lot of my attention on agriculture issue and farm issues," he said.
District 10B Representative DFL challenger Pete Phillips didn't have anyone to debate at a candidate forum Thursday -- his opponent, Republican incumbent Mark Murdock, didn't show up. Phillips said he is used to it.
Frazee Police Chief Mike Lorsung has been placed on paid administrative leave while the city investigates accusations that he has been stalking and harassing an Eagle Lake woman for the past few months. Lorsung, 40, is married with two children, but is the subject of a restraining order requested by Mandi Leigh Green, who said that Lorsung is an ex-boyfriend who stalked, harassed and threatened her after she ended the relationship. Lorsung did not respond to a message left on his cell phone Friday morning.
The legal jostling didn't let up much -- nor did the acrimony between families -- Friday at the Robert Briard trial. Briard, 62, of rural Frazee has been charged with felony first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly molesting a close relative on two occasions when she was 8 and 14.
Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon says he is pleased with law enforcement efforts at WE Fest this year. He estimated that more than 60,000 people attended the country music festival each day of the three-day event. "On our end, from a law enforcement point of view, I'd call it a success," he said. "We had more people and fewer arrests (than last year). We only had 13 lock-ups to go through today," he said Monday.
Working all night Wednesday and on into Thursday, BNSF railway workers and private contractors swarmed over the site of a freight train derailment near Lake Park, removing or cutting up damaged cars and shipping containers and laying new track. The derailment Wednesday afternoon involved 10 large intermodal railroad cars carrying 40 or more metal shipping containers. The railcars that ended up as a jumbled mess about a mile west of Lake Park were No. 13 through No.
Eight to 10 cars of a westbound BNSF freight train carrying hazardous materials derailed on the west side of Lake Park shortly before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said. Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon told KFGO Radio in Fargo that several dozen people were evacuated from some rural homes downwind of the site as a precaution. Some of the cars contained batteries, ammonium nitrate, sulfuric acid and hydrochloric acid, he said. Gordon told a reporter for DL Newspapers that it wasn't immediately clear if anything was leaking.