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THIEF RIVER FALLS — A 14-year-old boy died after being hit by a vehicle Monday evening in Thief River Falls. Gannon Allen Hejlik, 14, was riding his bicycle through an intersection when he was fatally struck by a truck driven by Tammy Martha Johnson, 52, Thief River Falls, according to a news release from the Thief River Falls Police Department.
DULUTH, Minn. -- A 21-year-old Duluth man and USHL hockey player remained in critical condition Monday following an accident while swimming Saturday at Island Lake. Andrew Kerr was airlifted to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center late Saturday from the lake north of Duluth. He had been jumping on an inflatable trampoline, went underwater and didn’t resurface, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported.
BATTLE LAKE, Minn. -- A 12-year-old girl who had fallen off a tube while it was being towed was injured when she was hit by a passing boat Sunday afternoon on Clitherall Lake about 25 miles east of Fergus Falls. According to the Ottertail County Sheriff’s Department, Seth Lebrecque, 21, of Grand Forks, N.D., was pulling two girls on the tube when they fell off about 1:30 p.m..
BRAINERD, Minn. -- After an alligator was spotted south of Brainerd on July 9, other possible sightings have been reported to law enforcement officials. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office received two possible alligator sightings after the alligator was found on the bike path south of Brainerd. The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded to that incident and retrieved the alligator, which was brought to the Safari North Wildlife Park.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - Four people were injured when a boat ran ashore and hit trees on Detroit Lake early Sunday, July 17, the Becker County Sheriff's Office reported. The sheriff's office received a 911 call on the incident about 12:06 a.m. When officers arrived, they found an 18-foot SeaRay runabout and its occupants at 400 South Shore Drive, Sheriff Todd Glander said in a news release.
ADRIAN, Minn. -- One person is dead and another injured after a one-vehicle rollover late Thursday night near Adrian in southwest Minnesota. The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office was notified at 11:04 p.m. Thursday of a motor vehicle crash with injuries at the intersection of 230th Street and Cory Avenue. When deputies arrived, they found the driver, Kendrick Charles Koppen, 31, of Adrian, deceased.
MITCHELL, S.D. -- A Letcher, S.D., man faces up to 13 months in custody for his role in the death of a bald eagle in 2015. Ted Nelson, 69, was found guilty with unlawful taking of a bald eagle and unlawful use of the pesticide Carbofuran, a poison he injected in cow carcasses in order to kill predators, according to Wednesday’s news release from the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.
WILLMAR, Minn. -- A man sentenced in June for using a screwdriver to stab a drug dealer who sold him a bag of salt instead of drugs is in Kandiyohi County District Court again -- this time, for allegedly selling fake drugs himself. Emilio Florez, 41, of Pennock, Minn., was charged Monday with two felony counts for simulating a controlled substance.
A 68-year-old man is dead after a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck crashed head-on with the motorcycle he was riding near McGregor Tuesday, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. Jeffrey Merz of Palisade, Minn., was stopped on his motorcycle and waiting to pull out of Ukura’s Big Dollar Store on state Highway 65 at about 4:30 p.m. when Allan Lehtinen, 73, of McGregor turned left into the same access, crashing into him, the Patrol said. The motorcycle tipped over, and the pickup ran over both the motorcycle and Merz. Lehtinen was not injured in the crash.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Protesters shut down a major route into downtown Minneapolis at rush hour Wednesday morning, demanding that police be demilitarized. Traffic backed up for miles as an estimated three dozen people blocked traffic on the Interstate 35W bridge. They were arrested, and put on a city bus, apparently to be taken to a police station for processing.