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Working all night Wednesday and on into Thursday, BNSF railway workers and private contractors swarmed over the site of a freight train derailment near Lake Park, removing or cutting up damaged cars and shipping containers and laying new track. The derailment Wednesday afternoon involved 10 large intermodal railroad cars carrying 40 or more metal shipping containers. The railcars that ended up as a jumbled mess about a mile west of Lake Park were No. 13 through No.
Eight to 10 cars of a westbound BNSF freight train carrying hazardous materials derailed on the west side of Lake Park shortly before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said. Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon told KFGO Radio in Fargo that several dozen people were evacuated from some rural homes downwind of the site as a precaution. Some of the cars contained batteries, ammonium nitrate, sulfuric acid and hydrochloric acid, he said. Gordon told a reporter for DL Newspapers that it wasn't immediately clear if anything was leaking.
On Thursday evening a 47-year-old man allegedly stole a new Dodge pickup truck from a Detroit Lakes dealership and led police on a high-speed chase that ended in his arrest. David Michael Lee of Detroit Lakes was arrested after the chase and faces charges of theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, DWI and driving after his license was canceled as inimical to public safety. The chase -- which covered about eight miles in 10 minutes -- started at 7:42 p.m.
A neighbor and business partner has been charged with the murder of Chad Swedberg, 33, a Little White Earth Lake man who was shot April 13 while processing maple sugar on his property in Maple Grove Township. Kenneth Eugene Andersen, 34, of 37997 280th Ave., Waubun (Fish Hook Lake) was charged with felony second degree murder Thursday in Becker County District Court. Andersen is accused of shooting Swedberg twice -- in the shoulder and hip areas -- with a high-powered rifle fired from a distance.
Becker County Deputy Tim Haverkamp has been sentenced on the misdemeanor hunting complaint against him and is back on duty, but a DNR search warrant for his home was completed Thursday and filed in Clay County Court today, involving a separate Department of Natural Resources investigation. Haverkamp was charged in Becker County District Court March 20 with using artificial light to locate animals; using a hunting license issued to another person; and hunting deer without a license, all misdemeanors. He spent five months on paid administrative leave -- from Oct.
Detroit Lakes Superintendent Mark Adams has been reinstated and is back on the job, following his acquittal on assault charges Friday. Detroit Lakes School Board Chairman Tom Seaworth said Adams, who has been on administrative leave, took vacation time Monday and Tuesday but was slated to be back at the office today. "Mark is off administrative leave," Seaworth said Tuesday. "He'll be back in the office tomorrow -- he is our superintendent." Adams will not attend graduation ceremonies, set for 7:30 p.m.
An Otter Tail County jury acquitted Detroit Lakes Superintendent Mark Adams of both felony assault charges against him Friday. The jury of seven women and five men took about 90 minutes to reach a verdict. Defense attorney Peter Wold of Minneapolis rested his case as soon as the proceedings started Friday morning, without calling any additional witnesses.
After more than eight months of newspaper headlines, police statements, legal consultations, a grand jury indictment, and an aborted first trial, emotions got the best of Detroit Lakes Schools Superintendent Mark Adams -- he wept when he finally took the stand in his own defense here Thursday. He is charged with felony first- and third-degree assault, for allegedly punching Mark Rothschadl in the face about 5 p.m. on Sept.
Prosecution witnesses Mark Rothschadl and Ronny Lanoue sparred with defense attorney Peter Wold, and 10-year-old Dallas Lanoue testified on behalf of the prosecution Wednesday during the second day of testimony in the assault trial of Detroit Lakes Superintendent Mark Adams. Adams was charged by a Becker County grand jury Nov.
A key witness in the new assault trial of Detroit Lakes Schools Superintendent Mark Adams testified Tuesday. Matt Lanoue, a self-employed trucker who lives on 25 acres in Becker County near Waubun, testified that Adams stopped at his place to ask directions to the Mark Rothschadl farm a good four hours earlier than Adams claims. The time difference is important because the prosecution hopes to show that Adams pre-planned the confrontation that occurred about 5 p.m. Sept.