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A Detroit Lakes man has been sentenced to 153 months, or nearly 13 years in prison, on a felony first-degree drug possession conviction. Shane Thomas Wood, 44, was arrested after agents working with the West Central Minnesota Drug & Violent Crime Task Force met with a confidential informant that told police Wood was getting ready to drive to the St. Cloud area to purchase a large amount of meth to bring back to Becker County.
BRAINERD, Minn.—In this week's Northland Outdoors TV episode, we feature northeast South Dakota veteran trapper John Almquist who for 50 years, regardless of the weather conditions, has walked his prairie trapline, not for the money, but to connect with the outdoors on a very personal basis. And join the crew as they travel to the southwestern Minnesota town of Hendricks to see how Bank Brewing Co., a successful private craft beer business, is working to preserve quality wildlife management areas and create new, premiere wildlife habitat by serving up beer.
A Grand Rapids man has made his first court appearance in Becker County District Court on three felony drug charges after police found him driving in reverse in the opposite lane of traffic. Roderick Lee Jerry, 52, was arrested Sept. 21 and charged with three felony counts of drug possession, gross misdemeanor DWI and misdemeanor driving after revocation.
Authorities are wondering what was spilled yesterday at a recycling center in Fergus Falls. Workers say a chemical leaked out of a recycling container, and what happened next forced them to evacuate. Officials told Forum News Service that when the material spilled on the ground, it began bubbling and smoking. They say the material was yellowish, gelatinous, and smelled like acid as it reacted on the ground. Folks in Fergus Falls were left with questions. "I was concerned, I thought what the heck?" said Carmen Trusty, Fergus Falls.
MINNEAPOLIS --It is a month before the presidential election and not all Minnesota Democrats are fully behind Hillary Clinton. Minnesotans embraced U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders when picking a presidential favorite last March, and on Tuesday, Oct. 4, he asked those supporters to back his former rival. But he did not win over everyone during Minneapolis and Duluth visits. Recent University of Minnesota Duluth graduate Josh Muhich, 23, captured what likely brought out most of the Duluth crowd Tuesday night.
James Fields' situation isn't unique. There are 113 people in Minnesota state prisons who were found guilty of first-degree murder who are eligible for parole in coming years because their convictions occurred before state laws changed to make a life sentence for first-degree murder truly life, without chance for parole.
This weekend may be the weekend to catch the season's best fall color in parts of the Northland, as leaves are at or near peak in some areas and sunny skies are in the forecast. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported Thursday, based on observations from across the state, that the color is at 75 to near 100 percent of peak in the Ely area, including Bear Head Lake State Park, and across much of Itasca County, including Scenic State Park.
A 15-year-old Moorhead High School student was injured Thursday, Sept. 29, when she was struck by a vehicle while crossing a street near the high school. According to information provided by the Moorhead Police Department: The incident happened about noon in a crosswalk in the 200 block of 21st Street South near the high school. The female student was running in the crosswalk when she was struck by a vehicle driven by a woman identified by Moorhead police as Brooke Simonson, 21. No address for Simonson was available.
VERGAS, Minn. — A 4-year-old child had a leg partially severed by a lawn mower Thursday evening, Sept. 29, in Vergas. According to a report released by the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office: The incident happened about 6:25 p.m. when a child was outside and ran up to a family member who was mowing the lawn. The mower ran over the child's foot and partially severed the child's lower leg. The child, who appeared to be in stable condition while at the scene, was air-lifted from Vergas to a Fargo hospital. No other details were available.
Happenings is free, and submissions are run on a first-come, first-serve basis and as space allows. Happenings entries that include date, time and place, as well as a contact person's name and telephone number, of an event can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org . Thursday, September 29 DL Class of 1951 Reunion: Detroit Lakes Class of 1951 will hold its 65th class reunion at the Holiday Inn from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call Keith at 218-847-6901. Friday, September 30