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DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—A 47-year-old northwest Minnesota man who has been convicted of drunken driving at least six times appeared in district court Monday, Feb. 12, facing two felony charges of criminal vehicular homicide in the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian near Pine Point last Thursday. Bruce Allen Basswood, 47, of nearby Ponsford is accused of hitting and killing Joshua Charles Jones, 21, of Ponsford as he was walking on Pow Wow Highway, about a half mile east of Pine Point. Pine Point is about 25 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes in Becker County.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- Longtime Detroit Lakes Police Sgt. Robert Strand, 40, has been charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, brawling or fighting—after an off-duty run-in with a man at a Detroit Lakes bar. The man, Blake Sundvor, 35, of rural Detroit Lakes has been charged in Becker County District court with exactly the same thing.
AKELEY, Minn. --The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said on Monday, Feb. 12, the investigation was still ongoing into the disappearance of a 27-year-old pregnant Akeley woman in north-central Minnesota. Authorities said they are concerned for Kara Blevins' welfare due to her medical condition and the cold weather. The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office has officially listed Blevins as a missing person.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Authorities have released two of three people taken into custody in connection with a hit-and-run crash that left a 21-year-old Ponsford, Minn., man dead Thursday night, Feb. 8. According to information released by Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander:
ST. PAUL—Minnesota's governor and legislative leaders often communicate with each other by letter or by talking to the media. But a week before the 2018 session is to begin, Gov. Mark Dayton and leaders from both parties will sit at the same table and answer the same questions.
WALKER, Minn.—Eelpout Festival organizers believe there will be no vehicle restrictions during this year's festival. Thanks to this year's cooler temperatures, festival attendees will likely be able to drive campers, trucks and cars onto the ice as they see fit. This is a change from the 2017 and 2016 Eelpout festivals; unseasonably warm weather prompted restrictions those years. Last year, for example, the Cass County Sheriff's Office decided to only allow snowmobiles and class 1 and 2 all-terrain vehicles on the ice for a portion of the festival.
Duluth police have identified the woman who dropped off a severely wounded dog at a local veterinary clinic last week, and determined the circumstances of how the dog was injured. Police said a woman called the Duluth Animal Shelter on Wednesday morning to identify herself as the person who anonymously dropped off the dog at the Waters Edge Veterinary Clinic on Jan. 31. Authorities had issued a call Tuesday for information about the woman, in order to learn how the dog received its injuries.
PEMBINA, N.D.—An environmental activist who shut off an emergency valve on the TransCanada Keystone oil pipeline was sentenced Tuesday to spend one year in prison. Michael Eric Foster, 53, of Seattle, initially was charged with eight different crimes for his participation in the 2016 action that targeted a section of pipeline that runs through northeast North Dakota. Foster was joined on trial by co-defendant Samuel L. Jessup, of Winooski, Vt., a fellow "valve-turner" who livestreamed Foster's actions at the pipeline for viewing on the Internet.
WASHINGTON — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz will be the keynote speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast dinner Thursday, Feb. 8. North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer made the announcement in an interview on KXJB-TV. Wentz, the former North Dakota State University star, will replace Vice President Mike Pence, who will be in Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the Olympic opening ceremonies.
MITCHELL, S.D. — A Mitchell woman was arrested for allegedly stealing a vehicle when she posted about the crime on social media and left her driver's license at the scene. Natasha Gonzalez, 30, has been charged with grand theft valued between $1,000 and $2,500, a Class 6 felony punishable by up to two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.