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MAHNOMEN, Minn. — Within 48 hours this past December, White Earth Nation was hit with seven drug overdoses. In the months following, a joint drug court program has received approval from the Minnesota Judicial Council to combat what the tribal government calls an urgent public health crisis. "There is no question that our region is on the front lines of our nation's battle against the abuse of opioids and other drugs," state Ninth Judicial District Judge Anne M. Rasmusson said in a press release Thursday, Feb. 22.
A 31-year-old St. Paul woman died Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on Minnesota Highway 61 near Brighton Beach in Duluth. The Minnesota State Patrol reported that Courtney Ryan was a passenger in a 2003 Buick Century that was traveling south on Highway 61, approaching Brighton Beach Boulevard, when the vehicle crossed the center line and was struck by a northbound 2013 Lexus RX350 SUV.
CROSBY—Four people were arrested Friday morning following an ongoing investigation into the sale and distribution of narcotics within Crow Wing County. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office reported the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division executed a search warrant at 7 a.m. at a residence on the 400 block of Fifth Avenue Northeast in Crosby near the Cuyuna Range Elementary School. The four people were arrested on various drug and probation charges and are being held in the Crow Wing County Jail.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Ryan Donato provided all the goal scoring for Team USA, tallying two power-play goals, to propel his country over Slovakia here, 2-1, during pool play Friday, Feb. 16. Netminder Ryan Zapolski stopped 21 shots, setting Team USA up for a pivotal matchup Saturday against the Olympic Athletes from Russia.
GRAND FORKS -- The risk for flooding in the Red River Valley because of snowmelt remains low, meteorologists said Thursday. Snowpack for the Valley has been below normal for most of the winter, the National Weather Service meteorologist Greg Gust said in a news release. The soil moisture before freeze-up also was near to below normal, especially near Grand Forks.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- Two pedestrians were reportedly injured after being struck by a Toyota Tundra pickup on U.S. Highway 10 in Detroit Lakes Wednesday night. Initial investigation results indicate that the truck, which was driven by Earl Johnson, 69, of Detroit Lakes, was traveling westbound when it struck the two pedestrians in the Washington Avenue intersection.
SUPERIOR, Wis.—Herb Bergson, a former mayor of both Duluth and Superior, was arrested Tuesday after allegedly crashing his vehicle into a tree and lying to deputies about the incident. The 61-year-old, who has three convictions on his record for operating while intoxicated, pleaded not guilty Wednesday afternoon in Douglas County (Wis.) Circuit Court to misdemeanor charges of obstructing an officer and failure to install an ignition interlock device.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—A 47-year-old northwest Minnesota man who has been convicted of drunken driving at least six times appeared in district court Monday, Feb. 12, facing two felony charges of criminal vehicular homicide in the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian near Pine Point last Thursday. Bruce Allen Basswood, 47, of nearby Ponsford is accused of hitting and killing Joshua Charles Jones, 21, of Ponsford as he was walking on Pow Wow Highway, about a half mile east of Pine Point. Pine Point is about 25 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes in Becker County.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- Longtime Detroit Lakes Police Sgt. Robert Strand, 40, has been charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, brawling or fighting—after an off-duty run-in with a man at a Detroit Lakes bar. The man, Blake Sundvor, 35, of rural Detroit Lakes has been charged in Becker County District court with exactly the same thing.
AKELEY, Minn. --The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said on Monday, Feb. 12, the investigation was still ongoing into the disappearance of a 27-year-old pregnant Akeley woman in north-central Minnesota. Authorities said they are concerned for Kara Blevins' welfare due to her medical condition and the cold weather. The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office has officially listed Blevins as a missing person.