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DULUTH, Minn. -- A 35-year-old Duluth man died late Tuesday north of Duluth after a shed had fallen on him. David Szyszkoski was attempting to move the shed, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Wednesday. The Sheriff’s Office responded at 10:30 p.m., and Szyszkoski was later pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death is under investigation.
MOORHEAD -- A 21-year-old woman was struck by lightning while inside her vehicle Tuesday night at Bluestem Center for the Arts in south Moorhead, home to the Trollwood Performing Arts School. Dispatchers over emergency radio said the woman was consious and alert, but her vehicle, a minivan, was smoking after the strike. Emergency crews are on there way as of 7:30 p.m.
A Duluth man accused of passing fake $20 bills at a Kool-Aid stand in Lake Nebagamon and a rummage sale in Superior was bound over for arraignment in Douglas County Circuit Court last week. Steven Alan Wakefield, 46, faces two felony charges of uttering a forgery. According to the criminal complaint:
A Bayfield County sheriff's deputy who was rescued after his vehicle was swept away by floodwaters two weeks ago has returned to duty. The sheriff's office reported Monday that Deputy David Dawson was back on the job. As previously reported in the News Tribune, Dawson was driving near Grand View in southern Bayfield County on the night of July 11 when his vehicle was swept off a road by the raging waters of a normally small creek, after 8 to 10 inches of rain fell in the region.
DARWIN, Minn. -- The Meeker County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a woman was pinned between a dump truck and a forklift at a business Monday night. Michele Fjelstad, 53, of Litchfield, was transported to the Meeker Memorial Hospital and later airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of injuries, believed to be non life-threatening. The incident happened at 4:30 p.m. Monday, on the 300 block of W. U.S. Highway 12 in Darwin.
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Gov. Mark Dayton announced Tuesday the appointment of Sharon Benson of St. Cloud as the new district court judge in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District. Benson is replacing the Judge Mark Hansen and will be chambered at Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County.
SPICER, Minn. -- A man was robbed outside Zorbaz on Green Lake in Spicer Monday night by two men on long skateboards who claimed to be armed. The incident was reported to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office at 10:45 p.m. Monday. According to the report, two people slammed a man into a car. They claimed to be carrying a gun, and took the man's money.
BACKUS, Minn. -- A 39-year-old Merrifield man was killed Sunday in a personal watercraft crash on Ponto Lake near Backus about 40 miles north of Brainerd.. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call at 2:25 p.m. and the operator of the jet ski, Jonathan Joseph Kub, 39, Merrifield, was pronounced dead at the scene. The sheriff’s office reported Kub was wearing a life jacket when he fell off the jet ski. An autopsy is scheduled with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.
A 52-year-old Chisholm man was killed when the semi he was driving rear-ended another semi on U.S. Highway 53 Monday afternoon, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. Both semis were traveling north at the time of the crash, which occurred at around 4 p.m. just south of Canyon. The driver of the second semi, a 39-year-old man from St. Joseph, Minn., was not injured, the State Patrol said. Authorities have not released the name of the victim or any other details about the crash.
DETROIT LAKES - A Becker County deputy was injured while responding to a crash on Highway 10 early this morning. The deputy, who has not been identified, was assisting Minnesota State Patrol east of Detroit Lakes with a vehicle that was in a ditch. According to the Becker County Sheriff's Office, the deputy had not gotten out of his vehicle when it was struck by a SUV, also driving on Highway 10. The deputy reported a minor injury. The driver of the SUV, 56-year-old Steven Gabbard of Detroit Lakes, was not injured.