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News Briefs: 10-year-girl found dead in bale fire near Adrian

Editor's note: The following is a collection of news briefs from Forum Communication Company newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota.

By Forum News Service


10-year-old girl found dead in bale fire

ADRIAN, Minn. -- A 10-year-old girl was found dead Thursday evening after a bale fire on a farm west of Adrian in southwestern Minnesota.

The Adrian Fire Department responded at 6:50 p.m. Thursday to a report of round bales on fire at the Todd Heideman farm.

The body of Perri Heideman was discovered after firefighters extinguished the blaze.

“The Adrian Fire Department, assisted by the Ellsworth Fire Department, were working on putting out the fire, when a short time later the family noticed that Perri was missing,” said Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening.

“We did a search of the property and didn’t find anything,” Wilkening said. “Once the fire was put out, the fire department started to search and take the bales apart, and they found her laying amongst the bales. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.”

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Dog whose legs were zip-tied returns home

DULUTH -- A dog found in a yard earlier this week with her front legs tied together has been released from a city animal shelter, according to owner Candace Mead. 

She posted a photo of the dog Thursday night on her Facebook page – called Help Molly Get Home.

With the help of donors, Mead made the required arrangements to get Molly out of the city shelter, where the dog had been staying since being found Monday morning.

Mead said she had been looking for Molly for three days before the animal was found Monday morning in western Duluth. Her front legs were zip-tied together. Mead stated Tuesday on Facebook that she was the owner of the dog and knew who had tied its legs together.

Police at the time said the dog would remain at the city shelter until an investigation was complete.

Mead has said the story behind the incident is complicated and she wouldn’t discuss details until police finished the case.

North Dakota

Bomb squad destroys explosives left in street

WEST FARGO, N.D. – The bomb squad was called out to get rid of two improvised explosive devices made out of fireworks someone left lying in the middle of the street here Thursday afternoon, police said.

West Fargo police Officer Trent Stanton said at about 3 p.m. Thursday, police responded to a report of two suspicious items lying on the boulevard in the 500 block of Prescott Lane.

Officers inspected the two devices and found that they were improvised explosive devices, made out of common firework sparklers.

Members of the Red River Regional Bomb Squad were dispatched to the scene and safely destroyed the devices, Stanton said.

Police found no other items in the area.

Police are reminding the public to avoid handling suspicious-looking items, and to contact local law enforcement if something suspicious-looking is discovered.

Man dead, another charged in tractor rollover

NEW ENGLAND, N.D. – A Dickinson man is dead and another is facing criminal charges after a tractor rollover near here early Friday morning.

According to officials with the North Dakota Highway Patrol, two cousins, Justin and Kyle Binstock, were headed west at about 1:40 a.m. Friday in a 2014 Challenger tractor on 51st Street Southwest about 2 miles west of Highway 22 and 9 miles north of New England.

The tractor, which Justin Binstock was driving, left the road and went into the south ditch, hitting a culvert and overturning.

Kyle Binstock, 29, was ejected from the tractor and pronounced dead on the scene, officials said.

Justin Binstock, 35, was charged with causing death while operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a Class A felony, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a fine of $20,000, or both.

He was not injured in the crash and taken to the Southwest Multi-County Correction Center in Dickinson. Stark County State’s Attorney Tom Henning released him on his own recognizance Friday.

Attempt to thaw pipes may have tainted water

TIOGA, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health has experts in Tioga because chemicals used to thaw frozen pipes in an apartment complex may have gotten in the water system.

Tioga officials were told Thursday that chemicals, possibly including antifreeze, may have been introduced into an apartment complex’s water system to thaw water lines, the North Dakota Department of Health said Friday.

City officials disconnected the water to the complex and are flushing that portion of the system. The compromised area is without water, but the rest of the city’s water system is safe and operational, the health department said.

The health department has experts assisting Tioga with water testing to ensure the water is safe before the supply is reconnected.

Twenty residents of the complex have been notified, but it’s unknown if they consumed any chemicals. The residents were advised to seek testing for possible chemical poisoning.