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WILLMAR, Minn. – Second-degree murder charges are pending against two individuals who were arrested late Monday afternoon, Nov. 5, in the homicide death of David Medellin Jr. The body of the 24-year-old Willmar man was found Wednesday in a plowed field near Willmar in central Minnesota and on Friday law enforcement said Medellin’s death was being investigated as a homicide.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A train struck and killed a person on railroad tracks in downtown Moorhead, according to Moorhead Police Capt. Deric Swenson. Swenson said the collision happened about 4:28 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. The identity of the person killed was not immediately released.
WILLMAR, Minn. - The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office is investigating as a homicide the death of a 24-year-old Willmar man whose body was found Wednesday east of the city Sheriff Dan Hartog reported late Friday afternoon, Nov. 2. The victim has been tentatively identified as David Medellin Jr. and the cause of death ruled a homicide, according to the sheriff. The manner of death was not disclosed.
An Itasca County sheriff’s official who alleged retaliation after a wrongful termination dispute has received a payout in excess of $500,000. Lt. Michael Bliss filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the county in November 2016 — months after an arbitrator said his termination by Sheriff Vic Williams was unwarranted. Bliss and the county settled the case last month, averting a jury trial. Under the terms of the agreement, the county will be on the hook for $191,417.13, while insurance will cover another $330,000.
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported Thursday, Nov. 1, that it has identified H5N2 low pathogenic avian influenza in a Stearns County turkey flock in central Minnesota, making it the second case found in Minnesota this season. The low pathogenic avian influenza was detected in nearby Kandiyohi County turkey flock on Oct. 19.
WILLMAR, Minn. -- Kandiyohi County officials are investigating after a body was found in a Kandiyohi Township field Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 31. The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office responded at 3:12 p.m. Wednesday to the scene near the intersection of 49th Street Northeast and 8th Avenue Northeast after receiving a call of a deceased person. The location is located about 4 miles from Willmar in a farmland area.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- An emergency room patient at the Brainerd hospital allegedly stole an unattended medical van from the parking lot Tuesday, Oct. 30, eventually prompting police to subdue him with a stun gun. An employee of Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center reported the vehicle theft to police at 2:40 p.m. According to police, emergency department staff attempted to convince the suspect, a 50-year-old man from Breezy Point, to return to the hospital, but instead the man entered a Medi-Van parked nearby.
CALLAWAY, Minn. — Honor the Earth, a Minnesota nonprofit group led by Winona LaDuke, will get a scoop of funding through a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor dubbed “Pecan Resist.” LaDuke, executive director of Honor the Earth, joined Ben & Jerry’s to launch Pecan Resist on Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Washington, D.C., at the National Press Club.
ODANAH, Wis. -- The pilot of an Enbridge Energy helicopter died in a crash Monday night, Oct. 29, near Odanah in far northern Wisconsin. Ashland County received notice of an overdue flight at approximately 8:15 p.m. The helicopter was en route from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to Duluth — which is about 80 miles to the west.
CHISHOLM, Minn. -- A Chisholm city councilor was sentenced Monday in District Court in Hibbing following his conviction this summer on a gross misdemeanor charge related to a groping claim. Kevin R. Scaia, 51, was sentenced to two years of supervised probation and 30 days of jail or 60 days of community-related service.