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FRAZEE, Minn. -- The fire chief in the small town of Frazee in northwest Minnesota is under investigation at the Frazee Liquor Store. Police investigated the allegations against Fire Chief Reggie Ueke and have forwarded the case to the Becker County Attorney’s Office for consideration of criminal charges, said Frazee City Administrator Jonathan Smith.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- A man accused of killing his mother more than two years ago in St. Cloud was determined incompetent to stand trial on Tuesday. Dean Friese, 54, is accused of stabbing his mother, 72-year-old Lois Arlene Omeara, in September 2013. According to court records, Friese stabbed Omeara in an apartment complex where they each lived in separate apartments. Court records accuse Friese of luring his mother to his apartment by pulling a medical alarm.
MINNEAPOLIS -- U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison isn’t backing down in the face of a death threat from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. Ellison, a Minneapolis Democrat who was the first Muslim elected to Congress, was threatened in ISIS’ official English-language magazine, Dabiq, as a “politically active apostate.” ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is quoted as saying that Ellison and others including Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin should receive “a painful — and fatal — punishment.”
DULUTH, Minn. -- Duluth's oldest scenic railroad will ride again in 2016. The volunteer-run Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad earned a reprieve for its upcoming season when an environmental cleanup project was delayed, the railroad said in a news release Wednesday. The LS&M first came to Duluth in 1870; it was the first rail line between Duluth and St. Paul. The railway carried passengers to Duluth into the 1930s.
THIEF RIVER FALLS--A Thief River Falls man is facing three felonies after police said he tried to set his son, a tractor and a dirt bike on fire. Michael Roy Nelson, 45, was charged Monday in Pennington County District Court with two felony counts of second-degree attempted arson, a felony second-degree assault charge and a misdemeanor count of domestic assault.
BAXTER, Minn. -- A postal worker is behind bars Wednesday after allegedly making terroristic threats at the Baxter Post Office Annex and for having a grenade with him while he was on his mail route. Baxter Police Chief Jim Exsted said police were informed shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday of a male worker who made "some type of" terroristic threat at the Baxter Postal Annex that morning. Police investigated and learned there was a significant threat.
BIWABIK, Minn. -- One person was killed and another seriously injured after the vehicle they were in left the road and rolled several times along Minnesota Highway 135 near Biwabik on Tuesday. Diana Olson, 48, of Embarrass, was killed in the rollover, the Minnesota State Patrol reported Wednesday. A passenger in the vehicle, 46-year-old Gregory Olson of Hibbing, was transported to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. The hospital reported Gregory Olson to be in serious condition.
OLIVIA, Minn -- An online connection fostered on the socialization app "Meet Me" turned sinister when a Bird Island man blackmailed the woman he had met through the app, claiming to have taken video of their physical encounter.
Five people were arrested Monday following a drugs and weapons sweep at three different locations in the village of Naytahwaush, which is in Mahnomen County on the White Earth Indian Reservation. According to a press release from the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Department, officers recovered weapons, narcotics and money during the search, and several young children were taken and turned over to Indian Child Welfare for protective custody.
ST. PAUL -- Dr. Beth S. Thompson is Minnesota's new state veterinarian. She replaces Dr. Bill Hartmann, who earlier announced his retirement for June 1. He has led the State Board of Animal Health and been state veterinarian since 2001. He has worked for the board since 1988. Thompson joined the board as a senior veterinarian in 2008 after graduating from the University of Minnesota Veterinary School in 2007 and spending a year as a swine production system veterinarian for a Minnesota company.