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SUPERIOR, Wis. -- Mayor Jim Paine has lifted the evacuation order for Superior residents living near the Husky Energy oil refinery, which was rocked by a series of explosions and fires Thursday, April 26, and sent a black plume across the city. "People can comfortably go to their own homes," a press release from the City of Superior sent shortly after 6 a.m. Friday said. "Thank you for your patience and cooperation while we dealt with this very unfortunate situation."
SUPERIOR, Wis. — A series of explosions and fires rocked the Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior on Thursday, April 26, sending a black plume of acrid smoke across the city, forcing massive evacuations and sending several people to local hospitals. At least 11 people were confirmed injured in hospitals in Duluth and Superior, one with a serious blast injury, Essentia Health and St. Luke’s hospital officials said.
NEW LONDON, Minn. — A New London boy died Wednesday after being injured last month in a car crash. According to the family's CaringBridge site, Nathaniel Shumaker, 11, died at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He was critically injured March 28 when a vehicle driven by his brother, Josh Shumaker, 16, collided with a semi-truck on state Highway 23 near Paynesville.
ST. CLOUD — A Stearns County grand jury has indicted Gregory Allen Scheel on four counts of first-degree murder in the March 21 deaths of his grandparents. Scheel, 33, of Paynesville, is accused of murdering his grandparents Wilbert and Gloria Scheel. He was living with them at the time of their deaths. The grand jury indicted him on two counts of premeditated first-degree murder — punishable by life in prison without the possibility of release —
LENGBY, Minn. -- A 19-year-old man who went missing this weekend in rural Polk County in northwest Minnesota has been found dead. The body of Benjamin Daniel Widseth was found at 2 p.m. Monday, according to a news release issued late Monday afternoon by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Law enforcement did not say where he was found or how he died, though no foul play is suspected in the case.
SOUTH ROUND LAKE TOWNSHIP, Minn. — Two people were killed and two others were injured Friday, April 20, in an early morning single-vehicle crash near here. The Becker County Sheriff's Office said it got a report shortly before 2 a.m. Friday of a crash on county Highway 35 west of Ice Cracking Lodge. Two people were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names won't be released until family is notified, according to a news release.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- A Bemidji man has been accused of soliciting sex from a child in Pennington County, where he met a sheriff’s deputy posing as a 15-year-old, court documents say.
PERHAM, Minn. -- A 21-year-old Pine River man is custody after two people were killed at a rural Perham home early Tuesday, April 17. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the deaths as homicides. Sheriff’s deputies responded at 5:17 a.m. to a call of an assault at the home, Chief Deputy Barry Fitzgibbons said in a news release. When deputies arrived, they found two people dead, he said.
MANTORVILLE, Minn. -- A $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Lois Riess, a southeast Minnesota woman being sought after her husband was murdered in March is now a suspect in a second death, has been offered by the U.S. Marshals Service.
DULUTH — The Winnipeg Jets were supposed to fly into Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Saturday, April 14, but had their charter flight diverted to Duluth because of a massive spring snowstorm that converged on the Twin Cities. Air Canada Flight 7017 arrived in Duluth a little after 2 p.m. Saturday and headed back to Winnipeg a little after 4:30 p.m. According to workers with Monaco Air, the team stayed on the plane, waiting in Duluth hoping things would clear up.