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You can excuse Robin Turnwall for thinking it might be a sign from God. The rural Richwood man was on his way home from a church meeting late Wednesday evening when he saw a spectacular fireball light up the night sky. "That was really cool," he said. "I have never seen anything that amazing. It had orange and yellow and a little reddish stuff in it. It was obviously not totally combusted when coming down." The fireball was much larger than a typical meteor, and as it passed over Minnesota it had "a really long tail," Turnwall said.
Area firefighters responded to several house fires in the past few days. A fire at 14351 260th Ave., in rural Detroit Lakes caused an estimated $240,000 loss to a house that had just been purchased, according to Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Jeff Swanson. The fire was reported at 1:14 a.m. Sunday. The new owners had not yet moved in, but had been at the residence earlier to do some painting and other prep work. No space heaters were being used. "It was an accidental fire, but we have not confirmed what started it.
An Iowa man was injured in a one-car crash on the Shell Lake Road Sunday afternoon. Brian Larson, 52, of Glenwood, Iowa was southbound on County Road 37 when he missed a curve while reaching for a pop can and his white 2000 Cadillac Escalade left the roadway and entered the ditch. He struck an approach and the vehicle vaulted into the air and hit a tree while airborne, landing on the passenger side. He cut himself out of the seat belt. He was taken by ambulance to St.
Due to an increased concern about wildfires across the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is tightening restrictions on campfires in 37 Minnesota counties beginning at 12:01 a.m.
Workers at the Snappy Air Distribution plant in Detroit Lakes were back on the job Friday, after agreeing to a new three-year contract. The 79 workers belong to Sheet Metal Workers' Local No. 10, and went to work Monday morning to find that management had locked them out and planned to hire temporary replacement workers. Snappy's is owned by Standex Air Distribution Products.
Voters in the Lake Park-Audubon School District are going to have a one-time opportunity to reel in at least $10 million in federal stimulus money to help build a new school. That means the district could build a new 7-12 school and make major improvements to the PK-6 school, virtually interest-free. Voters would have to vote yes on the $20.9 million schools project in a referendum on May 25. The school board is expected to approve putting the measure on the ballot at a special meeting Wednesday at 4:45 p.m.
A three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals will take up the Virginia Briard case when it meets in Detroit Lakes on April 22. Several other cases are also on the docket that day. The Briard case is scheduled for 12:40 p.m., according to the appeals court calendar. The appeals court agreed to take the case after a district judge asked for a ruling on the issue of whether subpoenas were properly served in the Virginia Briard case. Virginia Briard is accused of going on the run to avoid testifying at the first trial of her husband, Robert.
The company isn't returning phone calls, but workers were locked out of the Snappy Air Distribution plant in Detroit Lakes on Monday morning, and the company is advertising for temporary workers to replace the locked out union workers. Snappy's is owned by Standex Air Distribution Products.
If you see people wearing purple around Detroit Lakes on Friday, credit eighth-grader Colton Friesen. Colton has taken medicine to control his epilepsy since it was diagnosed about two years ago, and this year he and his mother, Dionne, decided to take action to bring attention to "Purple Day" on March 26. That's the day the Anita Kaufmann Foundation promotes epilepsy awareness worldwide. His classmates might be surprised to learn that Colton has epilepsy.
A controlled burn in Callaway Monday evening gave firefighters from Callaway, Audubon and Detroit Lakes the chance to run some training exercises. A former restaurant in Callaway, Bakers' Café, was destined to be demolished anyway, so Larry Noah, who bought the property, decided to invite firefighters to use it before it was torn down. "They did a fantastic job," said Noah, whose building, Noah Insurance Service, was about 25 feet away from the burning restaurant.