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Wadena, Minn. — Shoppers got quite the surprise at the Wadena Wal-Mart when they noticied a deer perusing the aisles. The picture above has been circulating all over social media, and the Wadena Police Department confirms a deer did wander through the superstore. Authorities say it happened around 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, May 16. A man was able to catch the deer and wrestle it to the ground by the dog food section. After some buzz in the store, the deer was brought back outside and set free.
MINNEAPOLIS—The ringleader of a multi-state drug trafficking organization prosecutors say flooded the Red Lake and White Earth reservations with heroin was sentenced Wednesday. Omar Beasley, 39, received a 25-year prison sentence after he was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine, oxycodone, hydromorphone, hydrocodone, and methadone. Thirty-nine other co-defendants have also been or will be sentenced in the case, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
BEMIDJI, Minn. —The driver who law enforcement say ran a stop sign and hit a school bus Wednesday morning—injuring multiple elementary school-aged children—has been identified as well as the bus driver..
BEMIDJI -- One Bemidji Area Schools student was airlifted and five others removed by ambulance from the scene of school bus accident this morning.
NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. -- A late April return to winter weather made for slippery driving conditions here Wednesday morning, April 26, likely contributing to a fatal crash in Otter Tail County. The crash occurred about 7:43 a.m. on U.S. Highway 10 when a pickup driving westbound lost control on a bridge deck and went off the road and rolled down onto the Highway 10 on-ramp from County Road 67 in New York Mills, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
GRAND FORKS — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will continue to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline even as the date nears for expected oil transportation, Tribal Chair David Archambault said Tuesday, April 18, at the University of North Dakota. "We're going to try to stop the oil from flowing," Archambault said. "We're going to build awareness about the investors, the lenders, the banks, the financial institutions who fund projects like this and who fund companies like Energy Transfer Partners."
HAWLEY, Minn. — Five area fire departments responded to a house fire Monday afternoon on what was originally reported as an out-of-control grass fire encroaching near a propane tank. Around 4:35 p.m. Monday, April 17, emergency crews were sent to 26586 28th Ave S., just southeast of Hawley. Dispatchers quickly reported that the grass fire involved a structure and crews called to activate the Salvation Army as they worked to extinguish the fire.
BATTLE LAKE—Battle Lake police are looking into a possible child abduction after they responded to witness reports Friday night, April 7. Witnesses told police they saw a male driver exit a black SUV and grab an older male student who was around 14 or 15 years old with black hair and wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with blue jeans. The boy and his skateboard were put into the SUV, and witnesses said the victim was pounding on the window and yelling for help. There may have been a woman in the passenger seat of the vehicle, witnesses told police.
The Detroit Lakes location will remain open, but the discount footwear retailer Payless ShoeSource in Moorhead will close its store as well as in about 400 other underperforming stores after filing for bankruptcy protection. The privately owned Payless Inc., based in Topeka, Kan., joined a long list of U.S. bricks-and-mortar retailers to fall victim to declining mall traffic in the midst of a rise of internet shopping and rapidly changing consumer tastes.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans will have a chance to keep their vehicle after someone else is convinced of drunk driving in it. Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill into law Monday, April 3, protects an innocent vehicle owner when someone else uses it without permission or knowledge. Existing law allowed the vehicle to be forfeited even if the owner was not the driver.