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BENSON, Minn. -- The Swift County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota is investigating the death of a 57-year-old rural Benson man who was found last Sunday, Dec. 18, near the Lake Hassel access north of Benson in western Minnesota.. It’s believed he may have died due to the cold weather. A passerby discovered the body of Michael Fennel near a vehicle, according to Sheriff John Holtz.
CALLAWAY, Minn. -- Charges are pending for a Waubun man who suffered a gunshot wound to the face earlier this week at a home in Callaway, in Becker County. Details released are sketchy, including why the man shot was charged. In the incident, around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, officers responding to a call found William J. Keezer, 38, at the Callaway home and later transported him to a hospital in Detroit Lakes before he was transferred to Fargo with injuries that weren’t life-threatening.
NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. -- Kris Koll, an ag teacher listed as a member of the New York Mills High School faculty, is in the Otter Tail County jail in Fergus Falls for alleged third-degree criminal sexual conduct, which is a felony. Because of data privacy laws and ongoing investigations by the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office and the school district, New York Mills Superintendent Blaine Novak would only say that a complaint has been filed and that Koll has been placed on administrative leave.
The reward offered by private donors for information that would lead to the identification of the person who shot and killed 41-year-old Terrance Brisk has been increased to $30,000. The reward started at $10,000 and in early December increased to $20,000.
VIRGINA, Minn. — Last month's officer-involved shooting of an Iron Range man following a vehicle pursuit has been ruled justified. St. Louis County Sheriff's Office Deputy Tim Officer fired a single shot at 27-year-old Aaron Lee Boshey of Tower on Nov. 22. Law enforcement had attempted to arrest Boshey for an outstanding warrant when he fled from a Virginia gas station, according to documents.
LAKE PARK, Minn. — So what can Americans, and particularly farmers in rural Minnesota, expect from a Trump presidency in 2017? "Honest answer? I have no idea — and no one else I know does either," said U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota), addressing a group of about 30 Becker County residents during an Agricultural Issues Forum hosted by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.
Sanford Health announced this week it will open a new clinic in Park Rapids spring of 2017. The Sanford Health Park Rapids Clinic will be located in the three-story building at 110 Seventh Street West. Renovations and construction of the third floor of the building will begin immediately with future plans for second floor renovations, according to information released by Sanford Health.
VIRGINIA, Minn. — An Aurora, Minn., man admitted Tuesday to gunning down his former girlfriend outside a bar last fall. John Joseph Plevell, 52, pleaded guilty to a charge of intentional second-degree murder in the shooting death of 49-year-old Julie Ann Hildreth of Babbitt.
About five hours after cutting his ankle bracelet off, a level-three sex offender who resides in Alexandria was found taking shelter in a shed in Grant County .
PERHAM, Minn. -- A rural Vergas man died and several others, including emergency response personnel, were hospitalized as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning at a home early Monday night, Dec. 19, authorities said. A faulty furnace vent likely caused the buildup of carbon monoxide in the garage, which killed Tom Elkin, a cabinet maker, authorities said. Elkin’s identity was released Tuesday afternoon by a family friend.