HAWLEY — A passerby who witnessed the fatal gyroplane crash at the Hawley Municipal Airport on Thursday, July 11, saw the aircraft descend nose-down toward the ground before crashing, federal investigators said. The gyroplane hit the ground about 300 feet from and slightly to the right of the departure end of a runway at around 12:30 p.m., immediately erupting into flame, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board.
ST. PAUL — The discovery of zebra mussels has been confirmed in two lakes in northern Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Upper Cormorant Lake in Becker County and Hand Lake in Cass County, as well as two smaller lakes and a wetland area connected to Upper Cormorant, are affected. A boat coming from Hand Lake had a plant with attached zebra mussels on it, a Cass County water inspector discovered. Divers then found a 1-inch, adult zebra mussel in the lake, the DNR said.
NEVIS — An 18-year-old passenger killed in a vehicle-tractor crash east of Nevis July 5 has been identified. Anneka Elizabeth Davis of Nevis died in White Oak Township when an eastbound 1989 Chevrolet Caprice driven by an unidentified 17-year-old male collided with a westbound farm tractor pulling a haybine, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. The crash occurred at 11:22 a.m. on 190th Street at 335th Avenue. The Caprice went into the ditch and rolled, the State Patrol said. Davis was not wearing a seat belt.
LAKE PARK — It'll be a good story to tell their great-grandkids: the day what appeared to be a meteorite from thousands of years ago popped up in a field on Grandpa's farm in Becker County. Elvin Anderson, 93, and his brother Clifford, 96, call a farmhouse near Lake Park home. For the last few days, the two brothers have been talking about the mystery object found in one of their fields this past week. While riding a four-wheeler, Elvin's son Steve hit something heavy. It turned out to be a 12-pound ferrous rock of uncertain origin.
Arvig plans to roll out 1 gigabit-per-second residential internet service in Detroit Lakes, Audubon, Callaway and Waubun, as well as surrounding areas including Erie, Detroit and Lakeview townships. At 1,000 megabits per second, the new service will be 10 times faster than the current fastest internet speeds available to area residents, according to an Arvig news release. Customers will be contacted regarding their option to upgrade as early as August, according to the release.
Arvig has been named one of Prairie Business magazine's 50 Best Places to Work in the northern Plains.The local, multiservice communications provider will be featured in the September issue of the magazine. Earlier this year, employees nominated their companies by submitting an anonymous employee-satisfaction survey, and Prairie Business used the survey results in selecting the 50 Best.
Midwest Bank of Detroit Lakes is pleased to announce the promotion of Whittney Risser to Personal Banker. She has been with Midwest Bank for over a year, most recently serving as a Teller. In her new position, she will be promoting, opening, and supporting both consumer and business deposit accounts and products. Risser is a native of the Staples-Motley area and now a resident of Detroit Lakes. Midwest Bank is a locally owned, community focused bank committed to building
Man arrested for stealing law enforcement gear from Transit station ST. PAUL—A Minnetonka man faces criminal charges after stealing a Taser, handcuffs, ammunition and other law enforcement equipment from a Metro Transit police department in St. Paul, authorities say. Demario Dontae-Eugene Brown, 25, was charged in Ramsey County District Court with one count of second-degree burglary of a government building in the alleged theft this month, according to a criminal complaint.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - A Dent, Minnesota, man has been found after being reported missing for several days, the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office announced Sunday, Oct. 22. Family of Paul Baker, 51, 34723 County Highway 35, said he was at a friend's home and was not in any danger, the sheriff's office reported.
FARGO -- Police here are responding to a report of a suicidal man in the seventh floor of the downtown Radisson hotel. The man may have a gun. The SWAT team arrived on site just before 11:30 a.m. Police are trying to make contact with the man, which so far has not been successful, said Officer Jesica Schindeldecker, a Fargo police spokeswoman.