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ST. PETER, Minn. — Inside the fortified quarters of Minnesota's highest-security psychiatric hospital, Dustin Michael Defiel has spent the past year and a half of his life. The former National Guard soldier and Iraq War veteran shot and killed his father, Rick Defiel, on June 1, 2016, in the family's home in Fergus Falls, Minn. He was found not guilty due to mental deficiency and was committed to the Minnesota Security Hospital as mentally ill and dangerous. Defiel, now 30, maintains he is neither of those and doesn't belong at the facility.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Nine-year-old Samantha Velline looked ready for the beach, wearing sunglasses and sitting in a reclining lawn chair in the Clay County Family Service Center in Moorhead. However, she and brother R.J. were among eight patients to be seen on Wednesday, Jan. 17, in a makeshift dental clinic set up in a conference room between tables and stacks of chairs. Dental therapist Teresa Bushnell went to work, plying Samantha's cheek with anesthetic before filling a cavity, while the child's aunt, Sarah Winbourn, looked on.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — When a deadly crash happens, family members and the public often want quick answers and justice. This may be especially true when it appears one driver is primarily at fault. In just the past week, three fatal crashes in Minnesota have people speculating on their causes and asking questions. Two-year-old Zaiden Engen died after the vehicle he was in was rear-ended on U.S. Highway 10 here on Saturday, Jan. 6.
CASSELTON, N.D.—Judith Antoine began suffering from poor health a few years after moving into her home here nearly three decades ago, but nothing confounded her doctor and her family more than when she struggled to breathe and collapsed last summer. Family members knew of previous heart problems and serious infections but didn't recall any lung trouble, so when Judith was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, or scarring of the lungs, they were surprised. Most shocking was her chest X-ray.
FARGO — After the new guy was booked into the Cass County Jail on a late August evening of this year, it wasn't long before fellow inmate Bryan Grob found out why. "He started alluding to 'I'm kinda here for a high-profile case,'" Grob said. This new guy, William Henry Hoehn, was referring to the killing of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind and the kidnapping of her unborn child — a crime that rocked the region for its grisly nature and its rarity.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — The final report on the crash of a vintage aircraft that killed Breckenridge, Minn., farmer and pilot Mark Yaggie in July indicates the plane was in obvious distress when it went down near here, but an examination of the engine later found no visible signs of failure. The report from the National Transportation Safety Board said Yaggie died of "multiple traumatic injuries" and that the only substance found in his body during an autopsy was diphenhydramine, an antihistamine used for allergy-type symptoms or for motion sickness.
FARGO—The father of a teenager who died in a North Dakota State University residence hall last month has released his son's cause of death to ease any fears on campus and reassure the friends his son was visiting when he died. Tom Delaney, of Savage, Minn., posted the information on his Facebook page and spoke with The Forum about what he learned from his son's autopsy results. He said they indicate Devin Delaney, 17, died of natural causes.
FARGO—The unfathomable appears to be moving toward grim reality in the case of a pregnant woman missing for more than a week. With the Thursday discovery of a healthy newborn in a northside apartment building here, the arrests of two people suspected of kidnapping the child and no trace of the baby's mother, police are considering all possibilities. Among them, that Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind of Fargo, 22 years old and eight months pregnant, was taken against her will for the purpose of stealing her baby.
FARGO—A Fargo "pro-white" activist now says he has a specific date and place in mind for a rally to advance "pro-white" issues. Peter Tefft, 30, of Fargo, is considering the evening of Saturday, Oct. 14, for the rally he hopes to hold in the public square between the Fargo Public Library and the Civic Center downtown. He said Friday he expects a crowd of around 200 to 300 people. Tefft attended the "Unite the Right" rally that got out of hand last weekend in Charlottesville, Va.
FARGO — More than two months after his body was found under a blanket in a car outside Walmart in Dilworth, Minn., police still can't find anyone who knew 60-year-old Anthony Sabal. Not a family member, friend or even an acquaintance. It took weeks to identify the body — a task accomplished by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office in St. Paul through fingerprints. Locating Sabal's family has proven much more difficult.