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Police identify body pulled from the Red River MOORHEAD -- The identity of a man found dead in the Red River on Sept. 29 eluded Moorhead detectives for a week. But on Monday, police sought the public's help, and within three hours they learned th...

Police identify body pulled from the Red River

MOORHEAD - The identity of a man found dead in the Red River on Sept. 29 eluded Moorhead detectives for a week. But on Monday, police sought the public’s help, and within three hours they learned the man’s name thanks to tipsters.
Although police have identified the man, they did not release his name because his family had not been notified as of Monday evening, Moorhead police said.
Lt. Tory Jacobson said a boater found the body floating in the river on Sept. 29, and firefighters recovered it from under a train bridge near Davy Memorial Park. The body had been in the water for an unknown amount of time, Jacobson said.
The body was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. Moorhead police have not yet received the autopsy results, so how the man died is still unclear. But at this point, there’s no evidence to suggest foul play, police said.
- Forum News Service

Motorcyclist had lights off in fatal evening crash

EMILY- A motorcyclist killed Sunday evening in a crash near Emily, north of Brainerd, did not have his lights on as the sun was setting, the Minnesota State Patrol said.
The state patrol identified the victims as James W. Buland, 30, Elk River.
Buland was traveling north on Highway 6 near Emily on a Honda motorcycle with no lights on when it struck the passenger front and side of a Chevrolet Silverado that moved into the northbound lane to pass another vehicle. The crash was reported at 7:30 p.m.
Jane M. Schlagel, 50, the driver of the truck and her spouse, Bradley T. Schlagel, 49, both of Blaine, were not injured.
- Forum News Service

Debate set for Peterson, Westrom


APPLETON - Democratic Congressman Collin Peterson and his Republican challenger, Torrey Westrom will participate in a debate to be broadcast live by Pioneer Public Television at 8 p.m. Oct. 23.
The debate will be a half hour in length.
Westrom and Peterson will answer questions posed by Reed Anfinson, editor and publisher of the Swift County Monitor in Benson and J. P. Cola, news director, KWLM radio in Willmar. Attorney Amy Doll of Morris will serve as the moderator.
Peterson is seeking his 13th term in Congress. The district is one of the country’s most rural and includes most of western Minnesota.
Westrom, of Elbow Lake, is an 18-year veteran of the Minnesota Legislature, where he currently serves as state senator for District 12.
The debate on Pioneer Public TV will be the first of two televised debates between the two candidates. The second debate will air in the Fargo-Moorhead area at 8 p.m. Oct. 24.
- Forum News Service

Isle man dies in crash Friday

MILACA - A 31-year-old man died in a broadside crash Friday afternoon in Mille Lacs County.
Peter Heller of Isle was driving south on Highway 47 when his Toyota Camry went out of control and slid into the path of oncoming traffic.
The crash was reported at 12:48 p.m. Friday, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.
Heller died in the crash. He was not wearing a seat belt. He was taken to Onamia Hospital.
Mary Ferris, 60, McGrath, the driver of the northbound Buick Riviera suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
- Forum News Service

ATV crash kills Jacobson man

JACOBSON - A 61-year-old Jacobson man was killed Saturday when his all-terrain vehicle rolled on a logging road south of Jacobson in Aitkin County, reported the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
Jeffrey Loren Nessler, who was operating a 2009 Suzuki King Quad and was not wearing a helmet, died at the scene.
- Forum News Service

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