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ONAMIA—A 22-year-old Sandstone man faces murder charges in connection with the stabbing death of a 45-year-old Onamia man in Mille Lacs County in east-central Minnesota.. Matthew Scott Smith appeared Wednesday, Aug. 22, in Mille Lacs County District Court in Milaca for a bail hearing. Bail was set at $600,000 without conditions and $300,000 with conditions. He faces second-degree intentional murder, second-degree murder without intent and third-degree murder while perpetrating an eminently dangerous act with a depraved mind.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Police here have identified the man who died Monday, Aug. 20, after being struck by a train. The victim was Calvin Bengston, 57, whose last known address was in Fergus Falls, according to Detroit Lakes Police Chief Steve Todd. Emergency dispatchers received a report at about 12:15 a.m. Monday that a southbound Canadian Pacific Railway train had struck a pedestrian at a railroad crossing at Willow Street. The victim, Bengston, was taken by ambulance to the emergency room of Essentia Health St. Mary's hospital in Detroit Lakes, where he died.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji police this week are asking the public to watch out for suspicious activity after the department received multiple reports of gas thefts from vehicles. According to a news release, thieves have drilled out multiple tanks and drained gasoline from them. The thefts have been reported in “various areas” of town, the release said. Fleet trucks and vans have been targeted. Fleet vehicle owners should take extra precautions, police said. The public should report any suspicious activity around businesses, vehicles and homes.
ST. PAUL—Deer and deer management will highlight open house sessions hosted by area Department of Natural Resources wildlife managers across the state. The open houses are meant to enhance local relationships and foster two-way communication.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A 57-year-old man died early Monday, Aug. 20, after being struck by a train in Detroit Lakes. Emergency dispatchers received a report at about 12:15 a.m. Monday that a southbound Canadian Pacific Railway train had struck a pedestrian at a railroad crossing at Willow Street, according to a news release from the Detroit Lakes Police Department.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — A man who spent time in prison for attempted murder was arrested here Tuesday, Aug. 14, on accusations he beat a man with a souvenir baseball bat and cooler. Jerry Andrew Redden, 27, of Thief River Falls could face up to seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine.
DULUTH -- A Grand Rapids man accused of sexually assaulting his young nieces two decades ago pleaded guilty Tuesday, Aug. 14, in State District Court in Itasca County.
ST. PAUL—Two groups filed court documents Wednesday arguing the state's environmental review of Enbridge Energy's Line 3 oil pipeline was insufficient. Honor the Earth and Friends of the Headwaters claim the environmental impact statement, or EIS, failed to look at potential oil spills at specific locations or the results of a tribal cultural survey. In June, the five-member Minnesota Public Utilities Commission unanimously granted the 340-mile long pipeline across Minnesota a certificate of need, but deemed the EIS "adequate" in March.
CARLTON, Minn. An 84-year-old Alexandria woman was killed in a crash on Interstate 35 in northeast Minnesota on Sunday, Aug. 5. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that Darlene Ann Lewis-Lucas was attempting to make a U-turn from southbound I-35 using the interstate's median crossover and was struck by a truck traveling southbound on I-35 about 3:12 p.m. Sunday in Carlton County.
HASTINGS, Minn. — The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office recovered a drowning victim in the Vermillion River near Hastings on Tuesday, July 24. The Sheriff’s Office stated in a press release that authorities began searching for Maung Ngae, 30, of St. Paul around 9 p.m. Monday. His body was recovered just before 2 a.m. early the next morning.