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News Briefs: Moorhead police seek man who robbed bank

The following is a collection of news briefs from Forum Communication Company newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota. MINNESOTA Police seek man who robbed bank, stole pickup MOORHEAD, Minn. - An armed man robbed a bank inside Hornbacher's groce...

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

MINNESOTA

Police seek man who robbed bank, stole pickup

MOORHEAD, Minn. – An armed man robbed a bank inside Hornbacher’s grocery store in downtown Moorhead shortly before noon Monday and fled to a nearby liquor store where he stole a vehicle with a person still inside, Moorhead police said.

Lt. Brad Penas said the robber drove to Fargo after the carjacking and let the person out of the vehicle, a maroon 2010 Ford F150 pickup truck, near West Acres mall. That person was not hurt, nor was anyone else, Penas said.

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Police believe the robber may still be driving the truck, which has Minnesota plates 007 NBD. The robber was described as a middle-aged black man who stood 5-foot-6 with an average build. He wore a tan jacket, an orange stocking hat and a green scarf.

The robbery at Hornbacher’s, 101 11th St. S., was reported at 11:51 a.m. at the Wells Fargo branch just inside the entrance.

The robber displayed a gun, asked for money and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. He left the Hornbacher’s on foot and went to 99 Bottles, a liquor store across the street, where he carjacked the pickup, Penas said.

Police alerted child care centers in the area and the campus of Minnesota State University Moorhead briefly went into lockdown while officers searched for the robber.

On Twitter, MSUM said the man robbed the bank with a sawed-off shotgun and was carrying a blue bag.

Nine horses killed, others saved in barn fire

BUFFALO, Minn. -- Nine horses were killed in a barn fire early Sunday in Wright County, northwest of Minneapolis, while a passing teenager and another man rescued some horses.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office said some horses were saved after Wyatt Stueven, 17, of Howard Lake, drove by the ranch and spotted the fire. Stueven stopped to help ranch manager Ronald Winget, 42, move some of the horses away from the burning barn in Chatham Township, west of Buffalo.

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Both Winget and Stueven suffered smoke inhalation. Winget was transported by Allina Ambulance to the Buffalo Hospital. Stueven was transported by a private vehicle to an area hospital.

The sheriff’s office said it appears an electrical fire started in the barn, knocking out electricity to the ranch. The fire was reported at 12:36 a.m. Sunday.

Fire departments from Buffalo, Maple Lake, and Monticello responded and were able to extinguish the fire before it spread to surrounding buildings.

Two killed in rollover

PAYNESVILLE. Minn. -- Two were killed Sunday evening in a one-vehicle rollover crash west of Paynesville, in west-central Minnesota, a news release from the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office said.

The accident happened around 8:54 p.m. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead after being transported by ambulance to Paynesville Hospital.

A passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another passenger was transported by ambulance Paynesville Hospital for what were described as non-life-threatening injuries, the press release said.

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The names of the victims had not been released Monday.

Fire damages Hibbing foundry

HIBBING, Minn. -- A furnace malfunction caused major damage - but no injuries - at a Hibbing foundry Sunday night.

The Hibbing Fire Department reported that crews were called to Northern Foundry, just after 9:30 p.m. on a report of a furnace explosion and large fire.

A furnace in the foundry had failed, the fire department reported, allowing molten metal to pour out of the bottom and come into contact with cooling water, at which time it spattered and caused spot fires.

When crews arrived on the scene, several employees were still in the building extinguishing the fires and shutting down other furnaces. Firefighters and foundry staff worked to put out the spot fires.

Most of the damage was contained to the furnace that failed; initial estimates place the damage at $100,000, though that may change after further investigation. The cause of the furnace failure is not yet known.

The fire department reported that foundry officials said production would be halted for several days.

NORTH DAKOTA

Man killed in rollover

NEW TOWN, N.D. -- A 34-year-old man was killed in a rollover crash near New Town in Mountrail County early Saturday morning.

Jeffrey Ogden of New Town was traveling east in a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe about 7 miles north of New Town when he failed to negotiate a curve, left the gravel roadway and rolled over in a pasture about 4:10 a.m.

Ogden was ejected from the vehicle. It was not known if he was wearing a seatbelt.

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