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DULUTH — The body of a Minnesota National Guard member reported missing this past weekend has been found. Joel Costa, a 32-year-old National Guard member from Fredenburg Township, did not report for duty Saturday morning. He was last seen in Superior, Wis., at about 11:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10.
The body of a Fredenberg Township man reported missing over the weekend has been found, authorities said. Joel Costa, a 32-year-old member of the Minnesota National Guard, did not report for duty Saturday morning, Feb. 11. He was last seen in Superior at about 11:30 p.m. Friday. Sgt. Brandon Silgjord of the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said Costa reportedly had his bags packed for his weekend drill duty but never showed. The Sheriff's Office reported Sunday night that Costa's body was found along with his vehicle at about 7 p.m. on a rural road north of Duluth.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A driver found sleeping in his vehicle on Interstate 94 Friday morning, Feb. 10, led officers on a chase that topped 110 mph through Douglas and Pope counties. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office did not identify the suspect, who was arrested after his vehicle was stopped using spike strips. The chase started after a deputy responded to a report of a vehicle parked in the right lane of Interstate 94 at 6:09 a.m.
MITCHELL, S.D. -- The manager of a Mitchell video game store was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 8, after he allegedly hid money and video surveillance in the store's lowered ceiling in what police say was an attempt to steal more than $1,600. Aaron Cooper, 34, of Mitchell, was charged with grand theft after allegedly hiding cash and bank deposits in the video game store's ceiling and calling police to report the incident as a robbery, the Mitchell Department of Public Safety said in a press release issued Thursday morning.
DULUTH -- Duluth police officer Richard LeDoux was on patrol in the eastern part of town Monday night when a passerby waved him over. The person wanted to report what appeared to be an injured owl on the roadway in the busy intersection of 21st Avenue East and Superior Street. "They thought it had maybe been hit by car," LeDoux told the Duluth News Tribune. But as LeDoux pulled up and prepared to call a local animal rescue organization, the barred owl jumped onto the hood of his squad car.
WALKER—Whatever people leave on frozen lake ice in the winter ends up at the bottom of the lake the next summer. With this in mind, Cass County has tried a variety of approaches to get Eelpout Festival promoters over the last 37 years to clean up Leech Lake ice after the annual ice fishing festival and related partying.
CROSBY—A 21-year-old Crosby man was killed Friday when his snowmobile catapulted through the air and collided with trees. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office reported the crash occurred about 4:10 p.m. Friday on the 23000 block of County Highway 31. The victim, Brandon Harwig, 21, was traveling south in the ditch of County Highway 31 south of Cuyuna when he struck an approach and then trees. Harwig was riding with a friend, who found Harwig after the crash and called 911.
DEER CREEK, Minn. – A 2-year-old boy is the only survivor of a head-on car crash Sunday afternoon, Feb. 5, that killed two drivers near here in Otter Tail County, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The boy, Mason Mousseau of Wadena, was hospitalized after the crash, but his injuries were not life-threatening, the patrol said.
OLIVIA—A Redwood Falls man died Monday morning, Feb. 6, in a head-on crash with a semi truck on U.S. Highway 71, south of Olivia. The crash closed a stretch of the highway for several hours and rerouted traffic. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Todd Michael Serbus, 46, had been driving north on the highway, near Renville County Road 4. Shortly before 5:30 a.m., his GMC Sierra collided with a southbound 2009 Mack semi truck, driven by Daryl Eugene Erickson, 56, of Willmar.
DEER CREEK, Minn. — Three people, including a 2-year-old boy, were involved in a fatal head-on car crash Sunday afternoon near here in Otter Tail County. The victims were a 2-year-old boy and a 31-year-old woman, both from Wadena, and a 63-year-old woman from Parkers Prairie, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. When contacted late Sunday, the Minnesota State Patrol would not say if more than one of those victims was injured or died until the investigation was complete.