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BENSON, Minn. — A western Minnesota man is in a Minneapolis hospital after he was injured earlier this week in an explosion at a rural residence east of Benson. The injured man was identified as Brian Orsten, 51, of Benson. He was initially taken to the Swift County Benson Hospital and later airlifted to the Minneapolis hospital, according to Swift County Sheriff John Holtz.
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND—A southeastern Minnesota couple died in a fishing accident Sunday, May 19, while on vacation in Iceland. Janet Veit's sister confirmed their deaths on Facebook. There were conflicting accounts about what happened to the La Crescent residents.. The U.S. Embassy in Iceland told the family that Veit fell out of a boat while fishing on a lake, and her husband, Brian Schumacher, jumped in to save her.
DULUTH -- A 33-year-old Duluth middle school teacher has been arrested for alleged child sexual abuse. The woman was booked into the St. Louis County Jail on Monday afternoon, May 21, on a preliminary charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a victim between the ages 13-15, according to jail records. Karla Winterfeld, a teacher at Lincoln Park Middle School teacher was arrested around 3:15 p.m. Monday as part of an ongoing investigation. Winterfeld was listed on the St. Louis County jail roster Tuesday afternoon.
CANNON FALLS, Minn. -- A couple were held at gunpoint in their home in Cannon Falls Township Tuesday morning, May 22, and robbed of cash and belongings, authorities said. The suspects, described as two black males in their 20s, reportedly rang the doorbell at the William and Wanda Carlstrom residence about 8 a.m. When the man answered, the suspects
WARMAN, Minn. -- A Mora man was killed when the Jeep he was driving crossed lanes and collided with a truck as he was being pursued by authorities, police said. The Minnesota State Patrol said Christopher Scott Podvin, 37, was driving north on state Highway 65 in Aitkin County when his 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee collided with a southbound 1996 International 21000 driven by Jeffrey Norman Vorbeck, 61, of Tamarack. Podvin, who was not wearing a seat belt, was being pursued at the time by Kanabec County Sheriff’s units, the State Patrol said.
DASSEL, Minn. – Authorities have released the identity of the 62-year-old man killed Friday night, May 18, when his vehicle collided with a farm implement that was traveling on state Highway 15 in central Minnesota. Kevin Scott Erickson, driving a 2008 Ford Escape, struck the right side of a planter that was being pulled by a tractor that had just pulled out from a field approach to also travel north on Meeker County highway. The driver of the 2013 New Holland tractor, Peter Elvin Peterson, 56, of Dassel, was not injured.
LAPORTE, Minn. — A 42-year-old Iowa man and his 4-year-old child died after their kayak overturned on Hart Lake on Saturday, May 19. The Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office responded to the lake at about 1:26 p.m. Saturday after a family member of the victims reported that the kayak had overturned and not come up to the surface of the water.
LAMBERTON, Minn. — A southern Minnesota man is dead after being trapped inside a grain bin. According to the Redwood County Sheriff's Department, Mark Arkell, 46, of Lamberton was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident, which was reported at 5:28 p.m. Friday, May 18, in rural Lamberton. When rescue personnel arrived, Arkell was "completely submerged in grain and rescue attempts were unsuccessful," according to a press release.
CLOQUET, Minn. -- Authorities are investigating the death of a worker at paper and pulp mill in Cloquet on Tuesday, May 15. “We are shocked and saddened to confirm the death of Mr. Ryan Martin,” Sappi corporate spokeswoman Olga Karagiannis wrote in an email Wednesday. “Sappi is investigating and working with authorities to understand the cause of death.” The company did not offer any further information on the circumstances of Martin’s death. Cloquet Police Department and Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry officials also did not immediately have further details.
ROCKVILLE, Minn. — A man was killed when his vehicle left the road and overturned into the Sauk River early Tuesday morning, May 15.