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A BNSF Railway eastbound freight train and a car with two occupants collided Sunday at the West Gull River Road crossing just off Highway 210 west of Baxter. Both car occupants, a man and a woman, were transported to Essentia Health St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. The two-member train crew was not reported injured, Amy McBeth, BNSF spokeswoman said. The crash was reported at 5:20 p.m. Sunday in Cass County. Train traffic was halted to allow emergency crews to respond to the scene.
POLK COUNTY -- The Minnesota State Patrol reported a single-vehicle fatal rollover that took place early Saturday morning in Polk County. Devin Hagen, 21 of Fosston, Minn., was driving near 38500 350th Street around 12:45 a.m. when his 2006 Ford F-150 rolled over, killing him, according to the incident report. Road conditions were dry along the two-lane road, the report stated.
WEST FARGO -- The 6-month-old boy found not breathing on Monday at an unlicensed day care here has died. Owen Skodje died Tuesday at the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, according to a notice received by The Forum. “He has touched so many people, and brought so many people together, that in such a short time has done amazing deeds,” his father Casey Skodje wrote on Owen’s CaringBridge site Thursday night. “I can't imagine what he would have accomplished, given more time.
A Greenbush, Minn., man was injured early this morning in a collision between a semi-truck and a pickup in Roseau County. The 1999 GMC pickup operated by Jacob Wiskow, 25, was northbound on Minn. Highway 32 at about 1:40 a.m. when it reportedly crossed the center line of and collided with a 2005 Volvo tractor-truck operated by Tracie Peterson, 37, Middle River, Minn., according to a report from Minnesota State Patrol. The pickup came to rest in the west ditch, while the semi stopped in the east ditch.
ALBERTVILLE, Minn. – A Minnesota woman who bought a bag of grapes at Target got a little more than just fruit. She discovered a poisonous spider along for the ride, sticking around even after she washed the grapes with vinegar and baking soda, KMSP-TV reported.
ST. PAUL -- A couple wanted in Minnesota for sex trafficking has been arrested in the Chicago area and appeared in U.S. District Court in northern Illinois Wednesday. Minnesota U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said Phillip Dwayne Lloyd, 43, and Raquel Belcher, 29, were indicted last month for trafficking three teenage girls for commercial sex in the Twin Cities area.
FOREST, Wis. -- A bald eagle found dead earlier this spring in St. Croix County near Forest was killed by a bullet, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The confirmation was made by the Madison-based Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, the DNR said in a news release. After being alerted by a citizen, DNR conservation warden Isaac Kruse found the eagle atop a pile of brush in a pool of blood, according to the release.
An Iron Range man won't have to pay for the damage he caused when he sawed a neighbor's garage in half in April 2013 because half of the garage was indeed on the man's property. That is the ruling by State District Judge Lois Lang in Grand Rapids in a civil case filed by Mark Besemann of Iron. Besemann bought a home in rural Nashwauk Township in April 2013 and found himself in the middle of a family dispute between Roger Weber, of rural Nashwauk, and Weber's sister, who had inherited the house Besemann later purchased. The house Besemann purchased had been owned and lived
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A Crookston man stands accused of raping a woman while she was unconscious. Matthew James Storbakken, 33, was charged in Minnesota 9th District Court in Crookston with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, both felonies.
A preliminary toxicology report released today shows the gunman in last week’s fatal shooting at a Grand Forks Wal-Mart was more than twice the legal limit for drunken driving. Marcell Travon Willis had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.19 percent, well above the legal threshold of 0.08 percent to legally drive. He had arrived at Wal-Mart, 2551 32nd Ave. S., in a car and went into the store shortly after 1 a.m.