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PUBLIC SAFETY

A worker witnessed the woman drive through a barricade into the concrete on Seventh Street Northeast in Rochester.
Ryan Leif Erickson, 63, had been a Blomkest volunteer firefighter since the age of 18. He died in the line of duty Thursday when a large grain bin was blown over by the high winds and fell on him as he was preparing to leave his farm to monitor storms.
A 49-year-old Benson man was northbound Thursday on Minnesota Highway 29 when his motorcycle left the road and entered the ditch.
Emergency responders discovered a deceased man under a collapsed grain bin just before 7 p.m. Thursday in Kandiyohi County.

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Detroit Lakes police and firefighters, Becker County deputies, state troopers and medical personnel from Essentia St. Mary’s EMS all worked together to safely remove the two from the debris.
A crash Friday evening involving a motorcycle and truck pulling a trailer loaded with a skid steer near St. Stephen, Minnesota, killed the driver of the motorcycle.
Two babies, both linked through DNA to suspect, were found dead in 1999 and 2003. A newborn boy was found in Lower Boat Harbor in Red Wing, and a newborn girl was found in Lake Pepin.
The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the newspaper by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Echo Press. To submit a letter, send it to aedenloff@echopress.com or Echo Press, P.O. Box 549, Alexandria, MN 56308.
With more than 650 carjackings in Minneapolis in 2021 and shootings at record rates, U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said every prosecutor in his office will now handle violent crime cases in addition to their other work. They’ll also hire new attorneys who will join in new efforts to aggressively pursue federal charges in carjacking, armed robbery, firearms and gang cases.
The Minnesota Supreme Court last week ruled that a man, who stayed at a woman’s house after a first date and took video of her without clothes on while she slept, had not broken privacy law as he was inside the woman’s home.

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It focuses on all aspects of the criminal justice system and courts.
During COVID-19, traffic-related deaths soared to about 500 each of the past two years, up from the 350-400 average annual deaths the previous decade.
The governor’s proposal includes $300 million over three years for cities, counties and tribes to address public safety needs. That approach allows local officials to decide how the money can best be used.

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