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BACKUS, Minn. -- Authorities on Friday released the name of a Wisconsin woman who drowned last weekend in a rural lake in north-central Minnesota. Panhia Danielle Yang, 37, Sheboygan, Wis., had been swimming near the shore of Ponto Lake, near Backus, about 60 miles south of Bemidji, on Saturday, Aug. 18, according to a release from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.
ELY, Minn. -- Authorities have identified a teen who drowned while swimming to a floating dock on Twin Lakes north of Ely on Tuesday night. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported that 18-year-old Ammar AboEl-Nago sank while swimming to a floating dock at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was a foreign exchange student from Egypt studying at Oberlin College in Ohio, according to the sheriff’s office.
ROSEAU, Minn.—A man from far northern Minnesota has been accused of sexually assaulting a young child. Anthony Joseph Ray Garcia, 23, of Roseau appeared Tuesday in Roseau County District Court on two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct—one in the first degree and the other a second-degree charge—after a child who is less than 10 years old said he inappropriately touched her multiple times, according to court documents. Garcia would come into the child's room while she slept, beginning when she was 6 years old, according to court documents.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered the Minnesota National Guard to help in fighting a wildfire in the Beltrami Island State Forest in northwest Minnesota. The 500-acre wildfire broke out Wednesday, Aug. 22, as the result of of a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources prescribed burn meant to help manage brushlands, according to a release from the governor's office.
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.
DEER RIVER, Minn. -- Officials recovered the body of a 35-year-old north-central Minnesota man near the Winnie Dam Recreational Area on Monday and he was identified on Tuesday, Aug. 21 Frank Sherman Jr. of Deer River had last contacted his family on July 23. An investigation into his death is continuing.
SOLANO, Calif.—A 46-year-old California Highway Patrol officer who was fatally struck by a vehicle Aug. 10 while he was making a traffic stop has regional ties. Motorcycle officer Kirk Griess of Vacaville was hit by a pickup truck during a traffic stop on I-80 in Fairfield, 47 miles northeast of San Francisco.
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.