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News Briefs: Man dies after being pinned by tractor

The following is a collection of news briefs from Forum Communication Company newspapers in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.


Man dies after being pinned by tractor

BRAINERD, Minn. -- An 86-year-old rural Brainerd man died Tuesday after apparently being pinned by a tractor.

The Cass County Sheriff's Office reported the man lived in Sylvan Township of Cass County, which was also the site of the accident.

The man was pinned between the tractor that was rolling in reverse and a fifth-wheel trailer hitch

Shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday, the sheriff's office received a report of the incident. Responders arrived and found the deceased man.

7-year-old girl killed riding bike in Mille Lacs County

MILACA, Minn. -- A 7-year-old Milaca girl was killed Tuesday night while riding her bike when she was hit by a car in Mille Lacs County, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.

The crash happened about 10:10 p.m.

Ryan Schipper, 29, of Milaca, was westbound on Mille Lacs County Road 8, about a quarter-mile east of County Road 5, when his Saturn Outlook hit Alyssa M. Grimm, who was biking in the westbound lane, the patrol said.

Alyssa was airlifted with serious injuries to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where she died.

Schipper and his passenger, Robin Schipper, 28, of Milaca, were not injured.


West Nile detected in mosquito sample

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The West Nile virus was detected in a pool of mosquitoes collected Tuesday in Grand Forks.

The city of Grand Forks announced the discovery in a news release Wednesday, and urged residents to take extra precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Those precautions include using insect repellent that contains DEET, limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts when possible and eliminating standing water around homes.

The mosquito that most commonly transmits the West Nile virus is most active just before sundown and throughout the night, according to the press release.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people infected with West Nile will have no symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms. Fewer than 1 percent of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.

Dickinson police arrest attempted murder suspect

DICKINSON, N.D. -- Police have arrested the suspect in an attempted murder after he was found working in the Dickinson area.

Charles Tomlin Jr. was wanted on two outstanding Ward County warrants for attempted murder and criminal conspiracy to commit murder.

Officers had been tracking Tomlin for "some time," according to a statement released Wednesday, and located him Tuesday night on foot near the 3200 block of Fourth Avenue East.

Tomlin was being held Wednesday at the Southwest Multi-County Correction Center.

Bismarck-based KLJ to open office in Florida

BISMARCK — North Dakota-based engineering firm KLJ is expanding to Florida.

The firm said Wednesday in a statement that it is opening an office in Lake Worth, Fla., that will specialize in hydrogeological services and provide comprehensive water supply, water management and well water-system consulting to the area.

It is the firm’s first office outside the Upper Midwest, according to the release. KLJ is headquartered in Bismarck but started in Dickinson in 1938 as Viegel Consulting Engineering. The firm changed its name to Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson in 1984.

It has 23 office locations in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Minnesota and Wyoming.

Mike Waldron, a Lake Worth resident, recently joined KLJ, and will lead the firm’s initiative in Florida from the Lake Worth office. A professional geologist and hydrogeologist, Waldron has more than 24 years of experience in water resource and environmental fields. He has served as project manager and technical lead for numerous injection-well programs and water-supply well projects.

In 2014, KLJ was recognized as one of the Top 500 Design Firms by Engineering News Record for its 2013 performance, and the firm has won regional and national engineering awards.

Suspect denied bond in Grand Forks murder case

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- One of two defendants in a Grand Forks man’s shooting death was denied bond Wednesday.

Delvin Lamont "Squeaky" Shaw, 29, of Winston-Salem, N.C., is accused of killing Jose Luis "Joe" Lopez, 24, after breaking into his apartment. Shaw shot Lopez multiple times in front of his fiancee, authorities allege.

Shaw is charged with murder, a Class AA felony with a maximum sentence of life in prison, and burglary, a Class B felony.

Shaw was died bond Wednesday in Grand Forks district court because of the seriousness of the charges, the risk of flight and his prior criminal record. Shaw has several felony convictions, including for kidnapping his then-girlfriend in 2009 and threatening to kill her.

He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing Aug. 27 along with his co-defendant, Dametrian Marcel Welch, 18, also of Winston-Salem. Welch is charged with murder and conspiracy to commit burglary.

Killdeer Ambulance, filmmaker reach settlement

MANNING, N.D. -- The Killdeer Area Ambulance Service has dropped its proposed injunction against a filmmaker who it alleges recorded an ambulance transfer without permission.

A preliminary injunction hearing Wednesday for producer Todd Melby, the documentarian behind the “Black Gold Boom” series on the oil industry in North Dakota, was canceled after Haylee Cripe, the ambulance service’s lawyer, sent a request to Southwest District Judge Dann Greenwood.

The ambulance service claimed a cameraman working with Melby had filmed a live ambulance response in March without permission and was trying to prevent Melby from using the footage, saying it violated the patient’s privacy rights. Melby argued that the cameraman had obtained permission to film.

Cripe wrote in a letter filed Monday with the Dunn County Court that the two parties “have resolved the matter to their mutual satisfaction.”

She was unavailable to comment on the agreement.

Melby’s lawyer, Minneapolis-based Mark Anfinson, said the two sides had reached a settlement that both accepted. He could not elaborate on details of the agreement.


Red Wing woman charged with putting lighter fluid in a glass of milk

ELLSWORTH, Wis. -- A Red Wing, Minn., woman accused of putting lighter fluid in a glass of milk faces a felony charge.

Danielle Lynn Larson, 22, is charged in Pierce County Circuit Court with placing foreign objects in edibles, a Class I felony. She also faces a misdemeanor charge of intimidation of victim.

According to a criminal complaint, Ellsworth police responded to a complaint from a man in April that he drank chocolate milk with lighter fluid in it. Police found a container of lighter fluid and found its smell similar to that of the milk.

The man later complained about a gun being stolen from his apartment, telling police that Larson had a key to the apartment and was the first one to tell him his gun was missing.

Larson told police she and the man used to live together, and amid multiple fights, she moved out, the complaint said. She denied taking the gun and initially denied tainting the milk.

However, she eventually admitted putting a couple of drops of fluid in, the complaint said. She told police she thought the man would smell the milk before drinking it.

Larson is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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