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Late Thursday afternoon, a grand jury in Mahnomen County District Court returned a 13-count indictment against the man accused of shooting Mahnomen County Deputy Christopher Dewey. Thomas Lee Fairbanks, 33, of Mahnomen is now charged with murder in the first degree of a peace officer and 12 other felony counts. They include failure to render aid, and six counts of first-degree assault.
A railroad disaster drill held last week in the city of Mahnomen seemed eerily prescient when the real thing happened -- 13 cars in a southbound Canadian Pacific freight train derailed late Monday afternoon. Luckily, no one was hurt in the real derailment, and the clear liquid gushing out of an overturned tanker car -- like water out of a fire hydrant -- turned out to be harmless canola oil. In the drill last week, it was anhydrous ammonia. Still, the derailment was enough to put the fear of God into two witnesses -- Bill Beckman and his son, Scott, 19 (race car drivers, both of them,
Opal Rogstad's home -- on the second floor of the West Lake Drive condominiums -- offers lots of space and still maintains a cozy atmosphere. It comes with a great lake view of Little Detroit Lake from a balcony that is equipped with natural gas and water for grilling and cooking needs. The kitchen has custom cabinets with granite counter tops, and the centerpiece of the condo is an antique fireplace from the 1800s that came from the Buggy Wheel. "I saw it and fell in love with it and had it installed," Rogstad said . The condo has floors of Australian cypress and kitchen cabinets cus
A southbound Canadian Pacific freight train partially derailed in the city of Mahnomen late Monday afternoon. No injuries were reported in the 13-car derailment, which blocked the Highway 200 crossing, according to the Mahnomen County Sheriff's Department. Mahnomen Fire Department and Canadian Pacific emergency responders were on the scene within minutes, and got a scare when one railcar was found to be leaking a large amount of liquid. It was quickly identified as a type of vegetable oil, and no cars were found to be carrying hazardous materials.
A public meeting on the proposed Becker County recreation plan was quite amicable for nearly two hours, with applause and laughter at times, and praise for elements of the proposal -- especially for its comprehensive addition to the county's website. But emotions spiked quickly when public testimony was taken at the end of the meeting, attended by 80-100 people. After a half-dozen residents blasted ATV riders for allegedly damaging the ecosystem, Willis Mattison of Osage, an outspoken ATV critic, brought the crowd to the boiling point by producing a posterboard with photos featuring ATV r
WHITE EARTH, Minn. -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs came in for some heavy criticism here Saturday at a rare oversight field hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee attended by U.S. Sens.
A large grain storage bin at the Callaway Elevator started buckling Wednesday, causing an emergency response from CHS, the company that operates the elevator. Christine Thompson, spokeswoman for CHS, said the 85,000-bushel metal grain bin began collapsing Wednesday. No one was hurt, and that was company's chief concern, she said. CHS "enlisted the help of professional engineers and construction workers to move the grain," she added, a process which started Thursday. After the grain is moved, the company will determine the cause of the buckling. The grain is from this year's harvest.
Wolf Lake is going to be a busy place on Wednesday evening as a host of emergency agencies respond to a countywide disaster drill that will be staged there. According to Wolf Lake Fire Chief Bret Anderson, there will be enough accidents, fires, searches and rescues going on at once to keep adrenaline-junkies at every agency happy. For starters, there will be a school bus accident. "We have the bus lined up and the rescue squad is working with the ambulance services to arrange for victims," he said in an e-mail. "A second vehicle may be involved with this," he added.
Two Detroit Lakes residents were injured in a three-vehicle crash in Moorhead Wednesday morning. Ashley C. Lund, 23, and Cynthia A. Borah, 55, both of Detroit Lakes suffered non life-threatening injuries in the broadside accident, according to the State Patrol. Borah was a passenger in the 1993 Toyota Corolla driven by Lund. They were westbound on Center Avenue (Highway 10) in Moorhead. A 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue was northbound on 30th Street and failed to yield to the Detroit Lakes vehicle. The Oldsmobile driver, Jordan A.
Maybe it was because of the hard economic times. Maybe it was the lure of the orange Allis-Chalmers tractors featured this year.