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COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. — William Leonard Helker, a pastor at All Saints Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove, was arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension announced Thursday that Helker, 47, was arrested Wednesday at his home in Pine City and booked at the Pine County jail. Formal criminal charges are pending, according to the BCA.
A 21-year-old Ely man was killed early Thursday after he left his vehicle following a crash and came into contact with a live electrical wire. Jacob Forsman had been driving on St. Louis County Highway 21 in Morse Township south of Ely when his vehicle left the road and overturned in the ditch, striking a power pole, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported in a news release. Forsman was pronounced dead at the scene.
MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — Negotiations between protesters and law enforcement broke down Wednesday, Oct. 26, with protesters holding their ground at a frontline camp to block the Dakota Access Pipeline. Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney was among a contingent of law enforcement who met with camp representatives Wednesday on Highway 1806 on the other side of a roadblock established by protesters. Laney told the protesters officers don’t want a confrontation, but they have to enforce the rule of law.
MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — Civil rights activist and Rainbow PUSH Coalition founder, Rev. Jesse Jackson, is joining the effort to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline project south of Mandan.
VIRGINIA, Minn. — One person died and two others were treated for burns from an early morning house fire in Virginia.
Hazardous materials workers from three major railroad companies secured the scene of a train derailment and resulting spill of a combustible chemical south of Superior on Tuesday morning. “We have contained the single leaking rail car, which was hauling octene, a liquid solvent used in plastic production,” Union Pacific spokeswoman Calli Hite said in a statement to the News Tribune early Tuesday afternoon. Union Pacific owns and operates the train that derailed.
Vice President Joe Biden is planning to campaign in Duluth on Friday in support of the Democratic ticket, a state party leader told the News Tribune. It is not yet decided where Biden will speak, but advance teams were in town on Tuesday scouting locations in both eastern and western Duluth, said the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The Minneapolis Star Tribune also reported that Biden was slated to come to Duluth.
MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline called for a “national day of action” on Tuesday, Oct. 25, by asking supporters to share prayers and songs for more than 100 people arrested during protests this past weekend.
A semi hauling an excavator on a flatbed trailer struck a railroad bridge overpass on State Highway 61 in Cook County on Monday, causing the excavator to break away and slide across the roadway into the opposite ditch. A Jeep heading north swerved to avoid the southbound wreck and struck a guardrail, the Minnesota State Patrol news release said.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. – Described at the time as believing the western Minnesota town had “a conspiracy going against him,” the former mayor of Watson pleaded guilty earlier this month to breaking into the current mayor’s home in March. Joseph Mark Rongstad, 34, will be sentenced Dec. 13 on a felony charge of third-degree burglary. As part of an Oct. 10 plea agreement, additional charges of felony first-degree burglary and misdemeanor trespassing will be dismissed.