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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- A mother and her toddler daughter died in a house fire Thursday night, emergency crews say. Melissa Ann Phiefer, 35, and her 2-year-old daughter, Emily, died from injuries sustained in the fire of an apartment on Rochester’s north side, Rochester police said.
A man wanted on a Department of Corrections warrant was arrested Friday after he and his girlfriend allegedly led law enforcement on a high speed pursuit with an infant in the back seat. David Allen Brandenburg, 34, of Park Rapids, was wanted on an active Department of Corrections warrant and allegedly had his girlfriend pick him up in her vehicle to flee a residence near Dorset when authorities were notified of his location.
BELCOURT, N.D.—Eighteen people were arrested Tuesday as part of Operation Northern Lights at the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation. Tribal lands "are often viewed as a safe haven by individuals" wanted on federal, state or local warrants because state authorities can only arrest non-enrolled members on a reservation, and not all tribal governments have extradition laws in place.
Multiple agencies responded to a house fire Wednesday night west of Pillager. Information on what caused the fire shortly before 10 p.m. at 12766 51st Ave. SW was not immediately available. According to police scanner traffic all occupants made it out of the house. Responding fire departments made multiple trips between the scene and a nearby water source to continue to extinguish the flames, which could could be seen throughout the entire home. For more photos go to http://goo.gl/Ewc9cf
ONAMIA— A suspect is in custody and a woman is dead following what appeared to be a hit and run incident in Mille Lacs County. The Mille Lacs Band Tribal Police Department Wednesday responded to an unrelated call when they discovered an unresponsive female in the right of way on Chiminising Drive in Isle. Attempts were made at the scene to revive the female, but were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead. Tribal police identified the victim as Tanya Jean Skinaway.
LITCHFIELD, Minn. -- A Meeker County Sheriff’s Office investigation says the Monday deaths of two teens near Litchfield were the result of a murder-suicide. According to a news release from Sheriff Brian Cruze, the investigation determined that David Cunningham shot his sister, Jessica Cunningham, in their home before turning the gun on himself. Their father, Thomas Cunningham, 51, apparently came home to find the two of them deceased.
BAXTER, Minn. -- Two men face felony charges after allegedly breaking into a fish house over the weekend on Gull Lake and beating up another male, causing severe lacerations to the victim's head, lip and leg. Justin Scott Rudolph, 28, Brainerd, and Dustin Cole Sawvel, 27, Fort Ripley, were charged Tuesday in Crow Wing County District Court with first-degree burglary and third-degree assault causing substantial bodily harm.
LITCHFIELD, Minn. -- Two teenagers were found dead with gunshot wounds in a rural Meeker County home Monday.
ST. PAUL -- A new report from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the University of Minnesota finds that Minnesota cut its uninsured rate nearly in half between 2013 and 2015 The rate of Minnesotans without health insurance has now reached an all-time low at 4.3 percent.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - A Detroit Lakes motel was evacuated Sunday night after a man said he had a gun and threatened to shoot officers. The Becker County Sheriff's Office was trying to pick up Douglas Alan Young, 49, of Dent, about 7:30 p.m. at the 59er Motel at 19389 Frontage Road on a harassment restraining order violation out of Otter Tail County. Young threatened officers through the window, saying he had a gun and would shoot himself or anyone who came in, police said.