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MOORHEAD, Minn. — A train struck and killed a person on railroad tracks in downtown Moorhead, according to Moorhead Police Capt. Deric Swenson. Swenson said the collision happened about 4:28 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. The identity of the person killed was not immediately released.
CURRIE, Minn. — A prominent southwest Minnesota walleye fishery has become the first in this part of the state to become infested with zebra mussels. Lake Sarah, in northern Murray County, was among a string of Minnesota lakes to be newly added to the list of infested waters within the last week. The discoveries were made as people pulled their docks and boat lifts from the water before winter.
An Itasca County sheriff’s official who alleged retaliation after a wrongful termination dispute has received a payout in excess of $500,000. Lt. Michael Bliss filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the county in November 2016 — months after an arbitrator said his termination by Sheriff Vic Williams was unwarranted. Bliss and the county settled the case last month, averting a jury trial. Under the terms of the agreement, the county will be on the hook for $191,417.13, while insurance will cover another $330,000.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- An emergency room patient at the Brainerd hospital allegedly stole an unattended medical van from the parking lot Tuesday, Oct. 30, eventually prompting police to subdue him with a stun gun. An employee of Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center reported the vehicle theft to police at 2:40 p.m. According to police, emergency department staff attempted to convince the suspect, a 50-year-old man from Breezy Point, to return to the hospital, but instead the man entered a Medi-Van parked nearby.
CALLAWAY, Minn. — Honor the Earth, a Minnesota nonprofit group led by Winona LaDuke, will get a scoop of funding through a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor dubbed “Pecan Resist.” LaDuke, executive director of Honor the Earth, joined Ben & Jerry’s to launch Pecan Resist on Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Washington, D.C., at the National Press Club.
ODANAH, Wis. -- The pilot of an Enbridge Energy helicopter died in a crash Monday night, Oct. 29, near Odanah in far northern Wisconsin. Ashland County received notice of an overdue flight at approximately 8:15 p.m. The helicopter was en route from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to Duluth — which is about 80 miles to the west.
CHISHOLM, Minn. -- A Chisholm city councilor was sentenced Monday in District Court in Hibbing following his conviction this summer on a gross misdemeanor charge related to a groping claim. Kevin R. Scaia, 51, was sentenced to two years of supervised probation and 30 days of jail or 60 days of community-related service.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — A Moorhead man has been sentenced to just more than eight years in prison for a first-degree aggravated robbery in May in Bemidji when he held up a cell phone store with a handgun. Judge Paul Benshoof sentenced Ricky Lidel, 62, to 98 months, or eight years and two months, in prison. Lidel will be eligible for supervised release for a third of the sentence. He also received credit of 161 days for time served.
ST. PAUL -- More than 300 people have died on Minnesota roads so far this year, an increase over 2017 figures by Oct. 22, preliminary numbers released Monday by the state said. The Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety reported 302 deaths, which includes 195 vehicle occupants and 58 motorcyclists. Last year, traffic deaths in the state did not reach 300 until Oct. 31. Twenty-nine pedestrian deaths have been reported, matching 2017 figures to date, the DPS said.
BECKER, Minn. — A Minnesota man was killed after being struck by a vehicle Friday night, Oct. 19, in Becker. Francis Laverne Pittman, 66 of Big Lake, Minn., was killed after he was struck by a 1997 Honda Accord driven by Anastasia Rae Mattson, 23, of Brainerd, Minn. The crash occurred on Highway 10 in Becker around 7:30 p.m. Friday, according to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol.