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WARROAD, Minn. - Three people had to be airlifted for treatment at a Grand Forks, N.D., hospital after a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Roseau County Roads 5 and 12 late Monday morning, May 29, according to Roseau County Sheriff Steve Gust and the Minnesota State Patrol. Gust, contacted at home, said he did not know the extent of the injuries of those airlifted. He said that those airlifted were among eight American Legion members in a van.
BEMIDJI TOWNSHIP, Minn. -- A Bemidji woman was killed Wednesday evening after the motorcycle she was driving was hit by a van. According to a news release from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, Vicki Inkel, 62, was driving a motorcycle north on Paul Bunyan Drive Southeast at about 5:09 p.m. when she was struck by a cargo van traveling east on 23rd Street Southeast. The driver of the van was identified as Thomas Kern, 54, of Bemidji. He was not hurt.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A former employee of a Moorhead restaurant is accused of secretly filming women and at least one girl in the Moorhead restaurant's bathroom. Sam Thomas Hagen, 18, of Moorhead made his first appearance in Clay County District Court on Wednesday, May 24. He faces a felony charge of interfering with the privacy of a minor, as well as four misdemeanor counts of interfering with privacy.
TWO HARBORS, MINN. -- The trial for a Hibbing truck driver accused of criminal vehicular homicide in a crash that killed the Silver Bay mayor’s son has been postponed until October. John Ray Carpenter, 60, was set to stand trial next month in the 2015 death of Andrew Johnson, who was killed when his pickup truck was struck head-on by Carpenter’s septic tanker in October 2015.
ROSEAU, Minn. — A Roseau man died after his van crashed into a semi late Monday, May 22. Minnesota State Patrol says 42-year-old Jack Martin Dahl of Roseau was driving a Dodge Caravan east on Highway 11 when he crossed the centerline and collided with a westbound Kenworth semi near Roseau County Road 123. The crash was reported at 10:48 p.m. Dahl suffered fatal injuries in the crash while the semi driver, 52-year-old Todd Mitchell Harris of Alexandria, suffered non-life threatening injuries.
LUTSEN, Minn. -- A 41-year-old Eagan High School teacher died while competing in a Cook County trail race on Saturday. Jon Mathson was running in the 25-kilometer Superior Spring Trail Race when he collapsed on the trail in the vicinity of Lutsen Mountains resort just before 11 a.m., the Cook County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday.
WRENSHALL, Minn. -- A far northeast Minnesota home that was the site of an alleged kidnapping and assault last week was severely damaged in a fire early Monday, the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Wadena, Minn. — Shoppers got quite the surprise at the Wadena Wal-Mart when they noticied a deer perusing the aisles. The picture above has been circulating all over social media, and the Wadena Police Department confirms a deer did wander through the superstore. Authorities say it happened around 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, May 16. A man was able to catch the deer and wrestle it to the ground by the dog food section. After some buzz in the store, the deer was brought back outside and set free.
MINNEAPOLIS—The ringleader of a multi-state drug trafficking organization prosecutors say flooded the Red Lake and White Earth reservations with heroin was sentenced Wednesday. Omar Beasley, 39, received a 25-year prison sentence after he was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine, oxycodone, hydromorphone, hydrocodone, and methadone. Thirty-nine other co-defendants have also been or will be sentenced in the case, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A 48-year-old Crookston woman died of asphyxia by strangulation in a homicide, according to preliminary results of an autopsy released by the Crookston Police Department Friday. Tawnja Rene Wallace was found dead in her apartment at 104 S. Broadway Wednesday morning.