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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.
PERHAM, Minn. -- A 21-year-old Pine River man is custody after two people were killed at a rural Perham home early Tuesday, April 17. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the deaths as homicides. Sheriff’s deputies responded at 5:17 a.m. to a call of an assault at the home, Chief Deputy Barry Fitzgibbons said in a news release. When deputies arrived, they found two people dead, he said.
MANTORVILLE, Minn. -- A $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Lois Riess, a southeast Minnesota woman being sought after her husband was murdered in March is now a suspect in a second death, has been offered by the U.S. Marshals Service.
NAYTAHWAUSH, Minn. — An 18-year-old man wanted in connection with a Minneapolis homicide was arrested in this northwest Minnesota county on Wednesday, April 11, on a felony warrant. The Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office reported Juan Vasquez Jr., no listed address, was arrested early Wednesday morning at a house in Naytahwaush about 20 miles east of Mahnomen.
ALASKA TOWNSHIP, Minn. -- Officials say a Bemidji woman died Tuesday night in a rollover crash on Highway 89 while fleeing from law enforcement. According to a news release from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a report of a stabbing at the 5600 block of Alps Court NW in Eckles Township. The victim identified Traci Jolynne Cloud, 24, of Bemidji, as his attacker.