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RED LAKE, Minn. — The FBI is investigating the deaths of two men in Redby on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota on Sunday, Oct. 21. According to FBI representative Mike Kulstad, victims Dustin Barrett, 26, and James Rojas III, 32, were involved in the single incident. “It remains an active investigation,” Kulstad said. Kulstad could not confirm what circumstances surrounded the deaths.
RAYMOND, Minn. – The driver of a semi hauling sugar beets died Monday evening, Oct. 22, in collision with a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train near Raymond in west-central Minnesota.. Daniel Roy Schmidt, 79, was pulling a trailer with the sugar beets traveling south on the Kandi-Chippewa Line near U.S. Highway 23, according to a news release from the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office. The truck was struck by the train shortly after 6 p.m.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- Large swaths of southwest North Dakota are facing moderate fire danger, which may signal a returning drought. Dunn, Billings, Slope, Hettinger and Stark Counties have already been designated as natural disaster counties by the United States Department of Agriculture after meeting requirements under earlier in the year, as each county suffered from drought conditions during the growing season lasting for eight or more consecutive weeks.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum will present former U.S. Secret Service agent Clint Hill with the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider award next month in his hometown of Washburn, the governor's office said Monday, Oct. 22. Hill will receive the state's highest commendation for its citizens during a public ceremony at 1 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. Burgum announced plans to honor Hill earlier this month.
ST. PAUL -- More than 300 people have died on Minnesota roads so far this year, an increase over 2017 figures by Oct. 22, preliminary numbers released Monday by the state said. The Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety reported 302 deaths, which includes 195 vehicle occupants and 58 motorcyclists. Last year, traffic deaths in the state did not reach 300 until Oct. 31. Twenty-nine pedestrian deaths have been reported, matching 2017 figures to date, the DPS said.
OLIVIA, Minn. -- One person was killed in a head-on crash at 10:35 a.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 71 in Renville County in central Minnesota, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. The identity of the victim and others involved in the accident will be released Saturday morning.
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota District Court Judge Gregory Anderson issued a temporary restraining order and injunction Friday, Oct. 19, against Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening in a class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota on an issue of jailing immigrants, an ACLU press release states
DULUTH, Minn.—Last week's storm caused $18.4 million in damage along Lake Superior, according to Duluth city officials. Now the city is seeking emergency aid from both the Minnesota Homeland Security Emergency Management department and Federal Emergency Management Agency. Wind gusts of 50 mph swept across the northeast Minnesota on Oct. 10 as the strong fall storm brought large waves and flooding along Lake Superior's shore, battering the Lakewalk trail system in Duluth.
NEW ROCKFORD, N.D. -- The 49-year-old man from Sheyenne killed after his pickup collided with a train on Tuesday, Oct. 16, has been identified as Kurt Anderson. The crash happened about eight miles west of New Rockford. According to North Dakota Highway Patrol, Anderson was driving on 61st Avenue NE when his pickup was hit at 11:13 p.m. on the grade crossing. He died at the scene. New Rockford is about 60 miles north of Jamestown.
BISMARCK -- Watch the full replay of the first U.S. Senate debate between North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and her Republican opponent Rep. Kevin Cramer from Thursday, Oct. 18. The two candidates answered 14 questions from a panel assembled by the North Dakota Newspapaer Association and each had a chance to ask each other a question in the 60-minute event in Bismarck. The candidates will square off in a second debate Oct. 26.