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BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Unseasonably warm temperatures and steady rainfall have prompted local and state officials to urge caution when venturing onto ice this week. As of Tuesday, a pickup truck had broken through ice near the shore of Lake Bemidji and was towed off the lake by early afternoon.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—A 56-year-old Detroit Lakes woman has been identified as the person who died Saturday, Feb. 18, after a train struck her. Lynn Alexander was pronounced dead at the scene. Detroit Lakes police and paramedics responded about 9 p.m. to a report of a pedestrian struck by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe oil train near Washington Avenue and U.S. Highway 10. Upon arrival at the scene, officers and paramedics found the victim on the railroad tracks. Traffic on the rail corridor through Detroit Lakes was stopped for several hours.
HALLOCK, Minn. - A party animal showed up a little early for happy hour Thursday in Hallock. An Eagles Club employee spotted a deer trying to get in the front door. The employee wanted to see if it was okay so he went in the back door. When he got to the front, the deer was trying to get through the glass. The deer wandered away after a few minutes.
WHEATON, Minn.—A Stevens County sheriff's deputy acted in self-defense when he shot and killed an Evansville man last year, a prosecutor has decided. Jay Johannes Holmgren was shot and killed Oct. 28 in Traverse County in far western Minnesota after he led officers on a 50-mile chase from Donnelly in Stevens County to Minnesota Highway 27 near Wheaton in neighboring Traverse County.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. — The January death of a Montevideo 11-day-old baby is now being investigated as a homicide, police said Thursday. Feb. 16. In a news release, Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher said the baby died Jan. 18 at the Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital. The baby had been transported there by family around 10 p.m. Rescue attempts by hospital staff were unsuccessful. An autopsy at the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Anoka followed, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was called in to assist with the investigation.
ST. HILAIRE, Minn. — A Thief River Falls, Minn., woman is dead after a two-vehicle crash Tuesday in Pennington County. Mary Louise Reierson, 62, died of injuries she received in a crash that happened at 4:50 p.m. about 2 miles north of St. Hilaire, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. She was driving a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country north on Minnesota Highway 32 when she met a southbound 2004 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Julie Rose Good, 18, of Thief River Falls.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn.—Police here are asking for the public's help tonight, in searching for a missing man. Eighty-year-old Orvin Sund went missing about 11 a.m. Tuesday Sund, who has dementia, was last seen about 4 p.m. on the outskirts of town. People have been looking throughout the day. Police tonight are asking everyone to check their property.
DULUTH — The body of a Minnesota National Guard member reported missing this past weekend has been found. Joel Costa, a 32-year-old National Guard member from Fredenburg Township, did not report for duty Saturday morning. He was last seen in Superior, Wis., at about 11:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10.
BAGLEY, Minn.—A 59-year-old Mahnomen man was killed in a snowmobile crash Sunday in Clearwater County. The Clearwater County Sheriff's Office received a call at 12:50 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, about an accident along McKenzie Lake Road in southern Clearwater County. When deputies arrived, they found Daniel John Stock, 59, of Mahnomen, dead at the scene, according to a release from the sheriff's office.
The body of a Fredenberg Township man reported missing over the weekend has been found, authorities said. Joel Costa, a 32-year-old member of the Minnesota National Guard, did not report for duty Saturday morning, Feb. 11. He was last seen in Superior at about 11:30 p.m. Friday. Sgt. Brandon Silgjord of the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said Costa reportedly had his bags packed for his weekend drill duty but never showed. The Sheriff's Office reported Sunday night that Costa's body was found along with his vehicle at about 7 p.m. on a rural road north of Duluth.