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Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted cult leader Charles Manson and members of his so-called "family" for seven murders, then wrote books on everything from the Kennedy assassination to God, has died at age 80, his son said late Monday. Bugliosi, a native of Hibbing whose book "Helter Skelter" about the Manson case became one of the best-selling true crime books of all time, died Saturday night at a Los Angeles hospital after a long battle with cancer, his son Vincent Bugliosi Jr.
BLANCHARD, N.D. -- Four people died and four others are hospitalized after a possible carbon monoxide leak Sunday at a rural Blanchard home in eastern North Dakota. The victims were identified as Ross Matejcek, 53, of Blanchard, who owned the home; Ricky Fisher, 27, Blanchard; Margaret Fisher, 24, of Portland, N.D.; Jabin Newmes, 6, of Portland. Four others were in a Fargo hospital: Bonnie Fisher, 45, of Blanchard, and three children, ages 4, 2, and 8 months.
By Maja Beckstrom St. Paul Pioneer Press MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota’s attorney general is suing the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota for continuing to do business with secondhand retail chain Savers and failing to tell donors how much money it receives from sales of donated clothes and household goods.
BEMIDJI -- A chain reaction sent motorcycles off the road Sunday, injuring three. A Honda and Harley-Davidson were traveling east Sunday on Highway 2 for the annual Ride for the Troops event when slower traffic ahead had both motorcycles veering off the highway. The Honda slowed and veered to the left as it approached traffic and slid to the left shoulder.
Four people were injured Sunday night in a two-vehicle collision in Gonvick, Minn. According to a report from Minnesota State Patrol, a Honda Civic operated by Susana Piatkoff, 16, Gonvick, was traveling northbound on Clearwater County Road 7 at about 9:12 p.m. when she failed to yield at the intersection with state Highway 92.
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.