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BEMIDJI - Officials confirmed Wednesday evening that a tornado with 90 to 100 mph winds touched down in Bemidji earlier in the day. The EF1 tornado caused severe damage in certain areas of Bemidji, but reports of damage from the storm were reported around southern Beltrami County.
FOSSTON, Minn.—A Polk County deputy located a "small herd" of 10 to 14 cows running down U.S. Highway 2 in northwest Minnesota east of Fosston Monday. Local law enforcement and the Fosston Fire Department attempted to stop the cattle as they continued to run around the east side of town for more than two hours. Most of the cattle have been caught and brought back to their owner, Mike Halland, without incident, but as of Monday evening, some of the cows were still unaccounted for.
DULUTH -- Families crossing the American border illegally will be kept together, but President Donald Trump promises to remain tough on immigration. In front of 9,000 people in Duluth, the Republican president said American businesses need immigrants.
ST. PAUL -- Eleven people were killed, including five on motorcycles, over the Father’s Day weekend, making it the deadliest weekend on Minnesota roads in the past 19 months, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said Monday, June 18. An off-duty Blaine police officer and his wife were killed in one of the eight fatal crashes. Steve and Susie Nanney, both 51, of Ham Lake, died Friday night when their motorcycle collided with a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old in Elk River.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy and Attorney General Lori Swanson have sued Arizona-based Insys Therapeutics, alleging it illegally markets a fentanyl painkiller. The suit filed Wednesday, May 30, claims the company allowed fentanyl, an opioid it sells, to be used for conditions not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration and in higher doses than allowed. It is only approved for pain in some cancer patients.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- A semi-truck caught fire Friday afternoon, May 25, on Interstate 94 between Fergus Falls and Rothsay, causing traffic to backup for miles. Traffic in the westbound lane was backed up for at least six miles, one motorist said. No one was injured in the blaze, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Detour routes were later made available for westbound motorists.
LENGBY, Minn. -- A 19-year-old man who went missing this weekend in rural Polk County in northwest Minnesota has been found dead. The body of Benjamin Daniel Widseth was found at 2 p.m. Monday, according to a news release issued late Monday afternoon by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Law enforcement did not say where he was found or how he died, though no foul play is suspected in the case.
PERHAM, Minn. -- A 21-year-old Pine River man is custody after two people were killed at a rural Perham home early Tuesday, April 17. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the deaths as homicides. Sheriff’s deputies responded at 5:17 a.m. to a call of an assault at the home, Chief Deputy Barry Fitzgibbons said in a news release. When deputies arrived, they found two people dead, he said.
HEWITT, Minn. – An 85-year-old central Minnesota man was trampled to death by one of his cows as he was trying to tag a calf Sunday morning, April 8, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were dispatched at 10:32 a.m. to 26998 County Highway 75 on the east edge of Otter Tail County after a report that Delbert Horn, of rural Hewitt, had been trampled by a cow.
WILLMAR, Minn. — A Willmar man was injured Wednesday afternoon when the pickup he was driving left the road and crashed into a row of farm equipment that was lined up in front of a Willmar business. The accident was reported at 5:03 p.m. on U.S. Highway 12 and Industrial Drive. According to the State Patrol, Derek Scott Heike, 27, was driving a 2012 Dodge Ram east on Highway 12 when he lost control of the vehicle on a curve and the truck went off the road and struck machinery at Farm-Rite Equipment.