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THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. - Authorities have released the identities of three killed in a fatal accident near Thief River Falls on Wednesday . Cassandra Flatland and her two young sons, Hudson and Cooper, were killed when their car was hit by a pickup at a rural intersection in Marshall County on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 3. The driver of the pickup was not hurt.
ROGERS, Minn. — A Pillager man died Tuesday, Oct. 2, in an afternoon crash in a construction zone involving four vehicles on Interstate 94 on the north side of the Twin Cities. The Minnesota State Patrol identified the man killed as 59-year-old Vernon C. Hedquist.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — A mom and her two children were killed in a car crash Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 3, at an intersection near Minnesota Highway 32 just north of Thief River Falls. Police said they are still trying to piece together what happened, but they said the mom pulled out in front of an oncoming pickup. The mom and both her children were ejected from the car. It's believed they were all buckled, and the kids were in car seats, but the impact was so strong it may have broken the seatbelts. The teenage driver of the pickup was unharmed.
LOS ANGELES -- Tobias Harris scored 23 points and Danilo Gallinari added 22 as the Los Angeles Clippers stormed past the Minnesota Timberwolves 128-101 for a preseason victory late Wednesday night. The Wolves were led by Karl-Anthony Towns' 18 points. Andrew Wiggins and Tyus Jones added 12 apiece. Towns led the Wolves in rebounding with seven. The Cliippers took control of the game in the second quarter, outscoring Minnesota 29-15 for a 69-53 halftime lead.
MINNEAPOLIS — A 49-year-old man who robbed a Minnesota bank in 2007 escaped custody Tuesday, Oct. 2, from a supervised halfway house in Minneapolis. James Richard Ardito robbied the First National Bank of Deerwood in Garrison, a town on the shore of Lake Mille Lac east of Brainerd. He was scheduled for supervised release, but escaped. A warrant was issued for his arrest. He is known to abuse drugs, according to the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office.
WARREN, Minn. -- A St. Hilaire, Minn., man faces three years in prison after being charged with soliciting a child to engage in sexual conduct. Kyle Adam Keefe, 21, appeared Tuesday morning, Oct. 2, in Marshall County District Court on the felony charge. Court documents detail how the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report alleging Keefe was engaging in inappropriate behavior with a child.
DILWORTH, Minn. — A northwestern Minnesota school district is changing its evacuation procedures after a woman was reported holding a gun in her own doorway as students were executing a fire drill at a neighboring school. Students and staff at the Dilworth Elementary and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Middle School site, a school just east of Moorhead, told authorities they noticed the woman during the drill Monday, Oct. 1, according to a joint statement released by the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton School District, the Dilworth Police Department and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
AITKIN—A Floodwood city councilor died after he was run over by a vehicle following a crash Sunday, Sept. 30, in Aitkin County. The Minnesota State Patrol reported a Chevy Cruze was traveling east on Highway 200, west of Jacobson Township when it struck an animal. The driver, Thomas S. Andor, 64, Hibbing, and his passenger, Vernon M. Owens, 61, exited the SUV to check out the damage when a Chrysler 200, driven by Jane M. Sautbine, 55, Cloquet, traveling east on Highway 200, struck Owens, the state patrol reported.
NISSWA, Minn. -- A 79-year-old Merrifield man was killed as a result of a two-vehicle crash Saturday, Sept. 29, near the intersection of Crow Wing County highways 3 and 4 in north-central Minnesota.. The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office reported Jeffrey A. Dockman, 54, Nisswa, was driving south and Cindy J. Parker, 56, Pequot Lakes, was driving north, both on Crow Wing County Highway 4 near Merrifield.
ST. PAUL -- Round Lake in Otter Tail County is the latest body of water in Minnesota to have zebra mussels. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said zebra mussels were found on equipment being removed for the season on Round Lake’s eastern shore. The DNR said no additional zebra mussels were discovered during a follow-up search on several other areas of the lake. Nearby, but not connected, Rush Lake had a confirmed case of zebra mussels last year. Both lakes are about eight miles south of Perham.