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ST. PAUL — A Christmas Eve fire started by unattended candles rendered a home in St. Paul’s Summit-University neighborhood uninhabitable. The Dec. 24 fire broke out at a residence in the 500 block of Mackubin Street. St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard said the family lit some candles on a hutch in the living room and left for dinner at a neighbor’s. The candles likely set some nearby holiday greenery on fire. When the family returned shortly after 10 p.m., the fire had spread through the house.
FRAZEE, Minn.—One person died and another was critically injured when a vehicle struck two pedestrians early Sunday, Dec. 25, on Highway 29 about five miles north of Frazee, according to a report released by Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander. According to the report: A vehicle driven by Alexis Birky, 20, of Frazee, was driving southbound on the highway about 6 a.m. Sunday, when her vehicle collided with two people who were walking in the southbound lane of the highway.
FARGO -- A 26-year-old man was found dying from stab wounds at a Fargo home early Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, and a 31-year-old Fargo man is in jail for homicide. No motive is known for the crime at 1321 17th Ave. S., just west of Duane’s House of Pizza, said Fargo Police Deputy Chief Joe Anderson.
DULUTH — Enbridge is giving itself some breathing room before closing on a deal to buy a stake in the contentious and stalled Dakota Access pipeline. Enbridge Energy Partners L.P. and its joint venture partner Marathon Petroleum Corp. now have until March 31 to back out of the deal, according to a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The previous deadline to terminate the sale was Dec. 31.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — Timothy M. Churchwell has been appointed as a judge in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District. Churchwell will replace David R. Battey, and will be chambered at Alexandria. Battey, who was appointed by Gov. Arne Carlson in 1995, is retiring on Jan. 3.
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.