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PUBLIC SAFETY

According to court records, on Oct. 14, 2021 an employee of a Becker County trucking business came into the Becker County Sheriff’s Office with a flash drive that was discovered in one of the trucks owned by the business.
A worker witnessed the woman drive through a barricade into the concrete on Seventh Street Northeast in Rochester.
Two water rescues were needed on Sunday, downed power lines from severe weather caused multiple fires, and multiple camper burglaries were reported in Detroit Lakes.
In one case of felony criminal vehicular operation, a 26-year-old Frazee man heard and felt a clunk while driving and stopped and saw his girlfriend in the ditch. He was unsure how fast he was going, but said it could not have been more than 15-20 miles per hour. He said he did not hit her intentionally, and that he was hesitant to call 911 because he had been drinking and was scared to get a DWI.

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David Charles Sokolik, 68, of Waubun died in the accident, after his Jeep left the roadway, struck a guardrail, entered the south ditch and went into a small pond.
Ryan Leif Erickson, 63, had been a Blomkest volunteer firefighter since the age of 18. He died in the line of duty Thursday when a large grain bin was blown over by the high winds and fell on him as he was preparing to leave his farm to monitor storms.
A 49-year-old Benson man was northbound Thursday on Minnesota Highway 29 when his motorcycle left the road and entered the ditch.
Emergency responders discovered a deceased man under a collapsed grain bin just before 7 p.m. Thursday in Kandiyohi County.
The man was eastbound on Highway 113 in a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee when it left the road, struck a guardrail, entered the south ditch and went into a small pond, according to the State Patrol. The man was not wearing a seatbelt.
On Monday, May 9, Wade Alfred Olds, 53, of Detroit Lakes posted a $15,000 cashier’s check and was released, under standard conditions that include not using illegal drugs or alcohol, staying out of bars and liquor stores, using an alcohol monitor at his own expense, and having no contact with the two older people who were injured in the crash.

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A crash Friday evening involving a motorcycle and truck pulling a trailer loaded with a skid steer near St. Stephen, Minnesota, killed the driver of the motorcycle.
Two babies, both linked through DNA to suspect, were found dead in 1999 and 2003. A newborn boy was found in Lower Boat Harbor in Red Wing, and a newborn girl was found in Lake Pepin.
Detroit Lakes police and firefighters, Becker County deputies, state troopers and medical personnel from Essentia St. Mary’s EMS all worked together to safely remove the two from the debris.

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