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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump called upon all Americans to observe Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15 and Police Week , May 12-18, with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Governors are directing government agencies to fly the United States and state flags at half-staff on Wednesday, May 15. Citizens are encouraged to do the same at their homes and businesses, in observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day.
ROTHSAY, Minn. — Six young men were hurt in a rollover crash Monday, May 13, east of Rothsay in Otter Tail County, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. About 4:20 a.m., a 1999 Toyota Camry was westbound on Interstate 94 when it swerved to avoid an animal, went off the road, hit a cable median barrier and rolled, the patrol said. The six occupants of the car were men ages 18 to 20 from the Twin Cities area. They all were treated at Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls for injuries that were not life-threatening.
ST. PAUL - With Minnesota's new hands-free cellphone law going into effect in less than three months, state officials are still saying far too many drivers are using their devices behind the wheel. Law enforcement cited 1,927 motorists for texting and driving during a three-week enforcement period that ended April 30, compared with 1,576 during last year's two-week campaign, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said.
FRAZEE, Minn. — A 25-year-old man died from an electric shock while working on a cement-pouring project with friends at a rural Frazee home Monday morning, May 6. County emergency services first received a report about the incident in Evergreen Township at around 10:30 a.m. When responders arrived at the scene, they found Dillon Andrew Wilson in cardiac arrest with friends performing CPR, according to a news release from the Becker County Sheriff's Office. Efforts to save Wilson's life were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
FARGO — Two tires blew out on a commercial jet taking off from a runway of Hector International Airport on Thursday, May 2, causing the takeoff to be aborted. Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of the municipal airport authority, said the incident happened about 11 a.m., when a Delta Airlines connection flight from Fargo to Minneapolis that was being handled by SkyWest suffered two tire blowouts. He said the plane stopped safely and passengers were bused back to the terminal. No injuries were reported.
FARGO — A Pelican Rapids, Minn., woman has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges of mail fraud and money laundering involving the theft of between $500,000 and $1.5 million from a Fargo-based property management company. According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Fargo: Mickey Haarstad, 52, defrauded Campbell Properties and its investor/partners of between $500,000 and $1.5 million between 2014 and 2018.
SANDSTONE, Minn. - Authorities are investigating after a man's body was found in a "remote" cabin near Sandstone in east-central Minnesota. The body of 36-year-old Christopher A. Etchison was discovered Tuesday, four days after he was reported missing to the Barron (Wis.) Police Department. His cause of death remained under investigation Wednesday, according to the police department. Two suspects were arrested in connection with the case Monday, a day before Etchison's body was found, though they have yet to face any formal charges.
BARNESVILLE, Minn. — A woman escaped serious injury Wednesday, April 17, about noon when a wild turkey crashed through the windshield of her SUV on Interstate 94 about two miles east of Barnesville. The bird hit the windshield right in front of the driver, but the Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow reported that Nicole Clayton, 47, of Fergus Falls had only minor cuts from the windshield glass. The turkey ended up inside the vehicle and died, Grabow said. He didn't know how fast the woman was driving when the incident occurred.
GRAND FORKS - First responders rescued a Grand Forks man Monday night, April 15, after he was stranded while kayaking in the flooded Red River, a press release from the police department said. A neighbor near the Lincoln Park area heard a man yelling for help around 11:45 p.m. Monday, the release said. When officers arrived they could hear the man, but said they could not see him.
GRAND FORKS - Don't buy a car from Auto Recovery Brokers in Grand Forks, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota advises. The auto dealer says it is in Grand Forks, but there is no licensed auto dealer in the state by this name, the BBB said in a release. Consumers submitted more than 200 complaints about Auto Recovery Brokers, Duluth Motors Transport and Tralaway International, the release said.