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Over the last 18 months, a 65-year-old Ogema woman reported she had sent about $175,000 to an individual she met online, according to a Becker County emergency dispatch report.
Since Monday, Nov. 14, 35 vehicle crashes or instances of vehicles leaving the roadway were reported to emergency dispatchers in Becker County. No injuries were reported with any of the crashes.
About seven to eight people were involved in a bar fight at the Holiday Inn Lakefront in Detroit Lakes early Sunday morning, according to an emergency dispatch report. Three individuals were trespassed from the hotel and a 37-year-old Detroit Lakes man was arrested for possible DWI.
“As far as this entire thing, I have had no choice. I had no choice at my house. I had no choice over the legal aspect of it in the court system,” said Heather McConnell of Pine Island, Minnesota. “For me, it boils down to a control thing.”
A firecracker exploded inside Detroit Lakes High School on Tuesday, according to an emergency dispatch report. The student responsible for the incident was identified by security camera footage and suspended from school.
A wood room in a residence on Mary Yellowhead Road in Ogema was reported as on fire on Saturday, Nov. 5, according to an emergency dispatch report. The ceiling was reportedly burning around a pipe. All occupants evacuated safely. The fire was extinguished after about 80 minutes.

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An Appleton, Minnesota, man who was injured Oct. 18 in a collision at the intersection of Minnesota Highway 4 and Minnesota Highway 19 in Fairfax succumbed to his injuries Nov. 4.
An intoxicated man threw a pumpkin through the window of a residence causing minor injuries to the caller from shattered glass, according to a Becker County emergency dispatch report. The suspect fled the scene on foot before law enforcement arrived. While police were talking to the caller, a 30-year-old Red Lake man returned to the residence and was arrested.
Firefighters responded to the scene and prepared to launch a rescue boat for the man, Mission Fire Chief Eric Makowski-Budrow said.

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