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BEMIDJI FIRE DEPARTMENT A fire May 31 destroyed a house and garage in Lake Hattie Township. The Bemidji Fire Department responded to the call at 5:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of 410 Street.

Updated: Man arraigned on murder charge in connection with Lake Hattie fire

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By Justin Glawe and John Hageman

PARK RAPIDS — A man who police say had a questionable explanation for his actions during a house fire in Lake Hattie Township on May 31 was arraigned on murder charges Friday after being arrested in St. Paul.

Fredrick William Bachman, 26, of Laporte, is accused of killing 57-year-old James Schwartzbauer that day or the day before, but it’s not clear if he set the fire that destroyed the house.

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John Hageman
John Hageman covers local business and Grand Forks' legislative delegation. Get more business news at aroundtown.areavoices.com. 
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