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GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- A 55-year-old Grand Rapids man was killed Friday, May 4, after his motorcycle rear-ended another Grand Rapids motorcyclist in Irondale Township in Crow Wing County. The crash occurred on Highway 210 between Brainerd and Crosby by the Deerwood Cutoff. Steven James True, 63, was eastbound on his 2009 Harley-Davidson Road Street on Highway 210 at County Highway 12 at about 7:30 p.m. True braked hard and was rear-ended by Frank Joseph Westerlund on his 2017 Harley-Davidson Road Glide, the patrol said. Westerlund was killed in the crash.
BAGLEY, Minn. — Seven students and the driver were injured when a school bus from Grand Rapids rolled early Monday morning, May 7, on U.S. Highway 2 about 6 miles east of Fosston. The bus was transporting students to a field trip in Crookston. Jessica Setness, communications coordinator with Grand Rapids Schools, said 22 students and one staff member were heading to the Great Plains Youth Institute when the crash occurred at 8:18 a.m.
SPICER, Minn. – Gov. Mark Dayton will be fishing on an ice-free Green Lake on the state’s fishing opener May 12. Although not officially declared “ice free,’’ Kandiyohi County’s largest and deepest water body as of Wednesday was largely ice free. “As far as we can see, there is no ice,’’ said Laura Anfinson from her vantage point at Green Lake County Park on the lake’s north shore.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. – The mystery substance found on cash that burned a clerk at a Mahnomen County gas station Monday, April 30, turned out to be a “carbohydrate” that may have triggered an allergic reaction, according to the sheriff’s office. A state lab in St. Paul determined that the powder on the bill was “nontoxic and nonacidic,” the sheriff’s office said Tuesday. Seven employees of the gas station, including the cashier, were taken to the Mahnomen Health Center for treatment, and the Moorhead hazmat team was called to the gas station.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. - At least seven people are being treated at the Mahnomen Health Center after money used to pay for an item at a Mahnomen-area gas station and C-store injured an employee Monday, April 30, the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Office reported.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn.—A controlled burn near East Grand Forks has destroyed a building. The blaze started as a controlled burn Saturday about 7 miles south of East Grand Forks, according to the city's fire department. The fire "got out of hand" and ignited a building, which was a total loss, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. No one was injured in the blaze, and the structure fire was deemed an accident, the Sheriff's Office said.
SUPERIOR, Wis. — A series of explosions and fires rocked the Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior on Thursday, April 26, sending a black plume of acrid smoke across the city, forcing massive evacuations and sending several people to local hospitals. At least 11 people were confirmed injured in hospitals in Duluth and Superior, one with a serious blast injury, Essentia Health and St. Luke’s hospital officials said.
NEW LONDON, Minn. — A New London boy died Wednesday after being injured last month in a car crash. According to the family's CaringBridge site, Nathaniel Shumaker, 11, died at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He was critically injured March 28 when a vehicle driven by his brother, Josh Shumaker, 16, collided with a semi-truck on state Highway 23 near Paynesville.
LENGBY, Minn. -- A 19-year-old man who went missing this weekend in rural Polk County in northwest Minnesota has been found dead. The body of Benjamin Daniel Widseth was found at 2 p.m. Monday, according to a news release issued late Monday afternoon by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Law enforcement did not say where he was found or how he died, though no foul play is suspected in the case.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- A Bemidji man has been accused of soliciting sex from a child in Pennington County, where he met a sheriff’s deputy posing as a 15-year-old, court documents say.