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One killed in collision near Bemidji

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- One person was killed in a two-vehicle accident north of Bemidji on Monday.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 1997 Chrysler Town and Country was entering U.S. Highway 71 just after 1 p.m. when it was struck by a 1996 Chevrolet pickup driven by Jason Stubbe, 27, of Bemidji.

The driver of the Chrysler was killed in the accident, the patrol said. The victim's name had not been released Monday.

Stubbe was transported to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center with serious injuries, the patrol said. According to the patrol, Stubbe was wearing his seatbelt and the air bag in his vehicle did deploy.

Road conditions were listed as icy, the patrol said.

Snowmobiler killed by train identified

BRAINERD, Minn. - A snowmobiler died Sunday after colliding with a train in east Brainerd, the Brainerd Police Department reported.

Emergency personnel were called to the crash about 1:35 p.m. at the railroad tracks under the Highway 25 South bridge in east Brainerd.

Thirty-year-old Michael David Flannigan of Brainerd died shortly after responders arrived.

According to reports, an empty coal train was westbound entering Brainerd when Flannigan, traveling south, approached the tracks and attempted to cross in front of the train. Train operators reported sounding the train horn, but Flannigan continued to attempt to cross the tracks and was broadsided by the train.

Flannigan was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.


PSC hearings on Sandpiper pipeline this week

BISMARCK --  North Dakota Public Service Commission hearings on a proposed crude oil pipeline will be in Grand Forks and Devils Lake this week.

Enbridge’s Sandpiper project would bring Bakken crude across northern North Dakota and northern Minnesota to Superior, Wis. It is expected to have an initial capacity of 225,000 barrels per day to Clearbrook, Minn., and 375,000 barrels per day to Superior.

The Grand Forks hearing begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Baker Courtroom at the University of North Dakota School of Law.

The Devils Lake hearing is at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Robert Fawcett Auditorium at Lake Region State College.

Another hearing will be at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 27 in the Minot City Council Chambers.