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ONAMIA—A 22-year-old Sandstone man faces murder charges in connection with the stabbing death of a 45-year-old Onamia man in Mille Lacs County in east-central Minnesota.. Matthew Scott Smith appeared Wednesday, Aug. 22, in Mille Lacs County District Court in Milaca for a bail hearing. Bail was set at $600,000 without conditions and $300,000 with conditions. He faces second-degree intentional murder, second-degree murder without intent and third-degree murder while perpetrating an eminently dangerous act with a depraved mind.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Police here have identified the man who died Monday, Aug. 20, after being struck by a train. The victim was Calvin Bengston, 57, whose last known address was in Fergus Falls, according to Detroit Lakes Police Chief Steve Todd. Emergency dispatchers received a report at about 12:15 a.m. Monday that a southbound Canadian Pacific Railway train had struck a pedestrian at a railroad crossing at Willow Street. The victim, Bengston, was taken by ambulance to the emergency room of Essentia Health St. Mary's hospital in Detroit Lakes, where he died.
SOLANO, Calif.—A 46-year-old California Highway Patrol officer who was fatally struck by a vehicle Aug. 10 while he was making a traffic stop has regional ties. Motorcycle officer Kirk Griess of Vacaville was hit by a pickup truck during a traffic stop on I-80 in Fairfield, 47 miles northeast of San Francisco.
ST. PAUL—Deer and deer management will highlight open house sessions hosted by area Department of Natural Resources wildlife managers across the state. The open houses are meant to enhance local relationships and foster two-way communication.
ST. PAUL -- With the bear hunting season set to begin Saturday, Sept. 1, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asks that hunters avoid shooting research bears marked with distinctively large, colorful ear tags that have radio-collars.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A 57-year-old man died early Monday, Aug. 20, after being struck by a train in Detroit Lakes. Emergency dispatchers received a report at about 12:15 a.m. Monday that a southbound Canadian Pacific Railway train had struck a pedestrian at a railroad crossing at Willow Street, according to a news release from the Detroit Lakes Police Department.
A study ranks South Dakota first and Minnesota second for overall best community college systems. The WalletHub study compared 715 colleges by cost and financing, and education and career outcomes. Pennsylvania came in last.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — A man who spent time in prison for attempted murder was arrested here Tuesday, Aug. 14, on accusations he beat a man with a souvenir baseball bat and cooler. Jerry Andrew Redden, 27, of Thief River Falls could face up to seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine.
MOORHEAD — The woman who co-founded the iconic Moorhead Dairy Queen and had a hand in creating the world-famous Dilly Bar has died. Phyllis Litherland died Sunday, Aug. 12, in her daughter’s home in Chicago at the age of 90. Phyllis and Bob Litherland established the downtown Moorhead Dairy Queen in 1949, among the franchise’s earliest restaurants in the nation. The couple is also often credited for the creation of the Dilly Bar.
FARGO -- A helicopter crashed in a field south of Fargo on Thursday morning, Aug. 16. Emergency dispatchers received a report of a crash about 10:15 a.m., and initial dispatch radio traffic indicated the pilot had escaped the aircraft without serious injury but the helicopter was on fire. Emergency crews, including Cass County sheriff’s deptuies and North Dakota troopers, responded to the crash and secured the scene.