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FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — The Otter Tail County Recycling Center in Fergus Falls was evacuated Thursday, June 20, after somebody left an artillery round in their hazardous waste removal area. Police said they were called out after the artillery round was dropped off around 10 a.m. The Crow Wing County Bomb Squad will be brought out to remove the artillery round. Police weren't sure if it's illegal to have an artillery round or how old this particular one was.
PARKERS PRAIRIE, Minn. — A 41-year-old Parkers Prairie man died after he was trampled by a bull or cows on his farm over the weekend. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a report about the death of Craig Allen Thoennes at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15 west of Parkers Prairie. Deputies responded to the scene and talked with family members. Deputies found Thoennes' body near a shed in the cow yard where two cows and a bull were roaming free there and in the yard.
ST. PAUL — Law enforcement in Minnesota will put extra attention on speeders through July 21. More than 300 agencies will add extra shifts to combat speeding, which between Memorial Day and Labor Day in 2018 accounted for 30 fatalities across the state, the Department of Public Safety said. Last year, 113 motorists died on Minnesota roads — the most in a decade — in speed-related crashes. In 2018, speeding was a contributing factor in 23% of single-vehicle crashes.
CANBY, Minn. – A 21-month old child was killed Saturday, June 15 after being run over by a vehicle in Lac qui Parle County. The incident is being considered an accident and foul play is not suspected, according to a news release from the Lac qui Parle County Sheriff’s Office. The accident was reported at 6:10 p.m. on private property in Freeland Township, located on the western edge of Minnesota. According to a news release, a 2010 GMC Acadia ran over the child, who was transported to Sanford Canby Medical Center and then pronounced dead.
FORADA, Minn. — The two men charged in the death of Steven “Beaver” Hlinsky of Forada in 2018 are now facing much more serious charges as their trial dates approach. On May 20, Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson added second-degree murder charges against Jacob Elmo Larson, 34, and Troy Nathan Traut, 34, who are accused of beating Hlinsky so badly outside the Muddy Boot bar in Forada that he later died of his injuries. Previously, the most serious charge against each was first-degree manslaughter, which they are still facing.
MADISON, Minn. — Cheryl Klefsaas, 63, of rural Bellingham, died as a result of injuries she suffered in a two-vehicle crash at 8:26 p.m. on Saturday in Lac qui Parle County, near the South Dakota state line. She was a passenger in one of two vehicles which collided at the intersection of County Roads 59 and 24.
MADISON, Minn. – One person has died and four were injured in a two-vehicle crash Saturday night, June 1, at the intersection of two county roads north of Madison in western Minnesota. The Lac qui Parle County Sheriff’s Office said the crash was reported at 8:26 p.m. Saturday at County Road 59 and County Road 24. Four people were taken to the Madison hospital with injuries. A fifth person, who had to be extricated from the vehicle, was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and later died, according to the sheriff’s office.
WHITE EARTH, Minn. — Fifteen candidates will compete in a primary election Tuesday, June 4, for White Earth tribal chair. If a candidate receives more than half the votes, he or she is elected tribal chair. If no candidates receive 50 percent, the top two vote-getters will go on to compete in the general election on Aug. 6. The election is being held to fill the unexpired four-year term of former Tribal Chairman Terry Tibbetts, who was elected in 2016 and died on March 17 after a lengthy illness.
WATSON, Minn. – Searchers recovered the body of a 60-year-old man who apparently fell out of his boat while fishing Wednesday afternoon, May 29 on Lac qui Parle Lake in west-central Minnesota. Richard Emil Abel, of Maynard, was believed to have been fishing by himself when he fell out of his boat, possibly due to a medical condition.
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