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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.
ST. PAUL -- With the bear hunting season set to begin Saturday, Sept. 1, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asks that hunters avoid shooting research bears marked with distinctively large, colorful ear tags that have radio-collars.
BACKUS, Minn.—A 37-year-old Sheboygan, Wis., woman drowned this weekend in a rural Backus lake in north-central Minnesota. According to the Cass County Sheriff's Office, the woman had been swimming near the shore of Ponto Lake, about 63 miles south of Bemidji, on Saturday, Aug. 18. Nearby people found the woman in the water, not breathing, at about 4:23 p.m. Life-saving measures were attempted and she was taken by helicopter to a hospital in St. Cloud where she died Sunday. Authorities are withholding the woman's identity until her family is notified of her death.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A 57-year-old man died early Monday, Aug. 20, after being struck by a train in Detroit Lakes. 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, according to a news release from the Detroit Lakes Police Department.
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THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — A man who spent time in prison for attempted murder was arrested here Tuesday, Aug. 14, on accusations he beat a man with a souvenir baseball bat and cooler. Jerry Andrew Redden, 27, of Thief River Falls could face up to seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine.