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FARGO, N.D. - Northland Outdoors Television, the newest venture from one of the upper Midwest’s premier outdoors content brand, will debut on Fox Sports North and many other local ABC affiliates across North Dakota on Saturday.
ST. PAUL — Traffic deaths in 2015 rose by 14 percent in the past year, state Department of Public Safety officials said Thursday. Fatalities reached 411 last year, according to a department press release, up from 361 in 2014. Seventy-four of those deaths were affected by distracted driving, the top contributing factor in lethal crashes.
A 36-year-old Deer River man charged with second-degree murder Tuesday in Itasca County is suspected of beheading a 20-year-old Hibbing man after first striking him with a baseball bat and stabbing him multiple times in the lungs with a machete, according to a criminal complaint. Joseph Christen Thoresen, of Grand Rapids, was arrested Sunday in connection to the death of David Alexander Haiman, 20, of Hibbing, according to the complaint.
BAXTER - Loon chicks are most often seen perched atop the backs of their parents in an effort to protect them from potential predators. Which is why when one loon chick found itself alone in the lawn near state Rep. Josh Heintzeman’s Baxter home, it drew some attention. After Heintzeman and his family found the baby loon, he called Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Jim Guida to determine what he should do next.
DETROIT LAKES - A Park Rapids man is in the Becker County jail after allegedly assaulting a woman and then chasing around a man, who tried to intervene, around with a hatchet. Wayne Lee Patton, 48, is charged with three felonies - assault with a dangerous weapon and two domestic assault charges.
UPDATE: BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A missing 5-year-old girl who was missing after a fatal mobile home fire in Bemidji has been found alive, officials said Thursday. Brittany Rose Balcer was visiting the home on Tuesday night. No other information on her discovery was immediately available. A suspect is in custody, according to a release from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
BEMIDJI — One adult is dead and a 5-year-old child is still reported as missing after a fire destroyed a mobile home in the Hillcrest Manor mobile home park in Bemidji. The Bemidji Police Department and the Bemidji Fire Department both responded to a report of a fire in the park at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and found the house “fully engulfed” in flames. After firefighters gained control of the fire, they discovered the body of an adult, according to a press release from police.
BRAINERD -- A 28-year-old Maple Grove man is facing charges following an incident Saturday at a youth baseball tournament at Bane Park in Brainerd.
AITKIN - DNA matching a 10-year-old Lake Park girl killed in a hit-and-run earlier this month was found on a boat trailer driven by a Hastings man now charged in connection with her death, court records say. Steven L. Meier, 44, was charged Wednesday, June 22, with two counts of felony criminal vehicular homicide in the death of Caylin Donovan, who was killed after being struck by a vehicle earlier this month near Lake Mille Lacs in Aitkin County.
MOORHEAD — A driver's drunken attempt to do a "doughnut" at a Felton bonfire ended up with two people being struck by the vehicle, according to documents filed in Clay County District Court. Court papers say witnesses gave this account to Clay County sheriff's deputies: The incident occurred Friday when a vehicle entered the yard of a Felton residence with its horn honking and the driver attempting to do a "doughnut" near where a group of people were milling about a bonfire.