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WINONA, Minn. -- A college student is dead after being hit by a train over the weekend. Winona State University said student Derek Bute, 26, died early Sunday. The Winona Daily News reports Bute appeared to have fallen on the tracks near the campus about 1:24 a.m. Sunday, according to police reports and the university. He was hit by a Canadian Pacific train.
MOTLEY, Minn. -- After fleeing a traffic stop, a Crookston woman and Bemidji man face felony drug charges after officers found heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana in their car. Both Ashley Ann Thomas, 24, and Billy Dale Vincent, 38, face drug and sale possession charges after being pulled over Thursday afternoon near Motley. After a Minnesota State Patrol trooper made initial contact with with the two on State Highway 64, Thomas drove away and led authorities on a roughly 3-mile chase.
ST. PAUL -- St. Paul will co-star in an extreme sports video with professional snowmobiler Levi LaVallee. Before Red Bull takes over Cathedral Hill with the Crashed Ice World Championship in February, it will turn areas of the city’s downtown into a snowmobile stunt course — including the roof of the City Hall-Courthouse building. Shooting will begin next week and is expected to last six days.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- An East Grand Forks man accused of setting fire to a Somali restaurant in Grand Forks now faces federal charges, but it remains unclear if the attack was a hate crime. Matthew William Gust, 25, was charged with arson, a Class B felony, in Grand Forks District Court after police say he started a fire on Dec. 8 that destroyed Juba Coffee House and Restaurant at 2017 S. Washington St. He was arrested Dec. 14 at a Super 8 Motel in Fosston, Minn.
CROOKSTON, Minn. - A Crookston man knew the victim of a sex crime with which he's been charged, according to a complaint. Enriques Luis Schehr, 30, was charged this week with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13 years old in Polk County District Court.
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. -- A break-in suspect is dead after a fire that burned a convenience store near International Falls late Wednesday. “We recovered a body from the building and that’s our suspect,” said Koochiching County Sheriff Perryn Hedlund.
BISMARCK — Two big-money winners in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing were sold in North Dakota, the state lottery commission said Thursday.
BISMARCK -- After an hours-long lockdown of campus, a Bismarck Police Department spokesman says officers have a teenage suspect in custody in connection to threats of “shooting up” Bismarck State College. Sgt. Mark Buschena told the media police had arrested a 16-year-old male suspect this afternoon as he was driving northbound on State Highway 83.
DULUTH, Minn. -- A 55-year-old Duluth man injured in a crash near the Blatnik Bridge on Monday has died, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. Terry C. Hamm was pronounced dead early Wednesday morning at St. Luke’s hospital, according to a State Patrol report.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Monday sided with Enbridge Energy and rejoined the need and route permit proceedings for the proposed Sandpiper Pipeline after previously splitting them up.