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DORAN, Minn. -- A 20-year-old Breckenridge man was killed when he lost control of his vehicle and struck the side of a train south of Doran early Thursday, Nov. 15. The Minnesota State Patrol said a southbound Suburban was traveling on Highway 9 and went off the road, striking the side of a southbound train. The man's name has not yet been released. The collision occurred at around 8:50 a.m. The crash scene was about 10 miles southeast of Wahpeton, N.D. and Breckenridge.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- Brainerd International Raceway owner Jed Copham died Sunday, Nov. 11, as a result of a swimming accident off the west coast of Florida. He was 46. Copham was swimming from his parents’ boat Sunday afternoon near Punta Rassa, just south of Fort Myers, when he went missing. Search and rescue teams temporarily suspended their efforts to find Copham Sunday night after he went overboard, and found his body Monday morning.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A shoplifting suspect who was being chased by police reportedly jumped into the Red River to escape but was arrested a short time later. Moorhead police said Julian Dominic Pickett, 26, was in the Clay County Jail Monday evening, Nov. 12, facing a variety of possible charges ranging from theft to fleeing police. Police said officers chased Pickett near a Moorhead mall after reportedly stealing from a nearby business. However, once in the water, Pickett quickly turned around and went back to shore where officers took him into custody, Krone said.
Minnesota hunters registered 62,702 deer, of which 36,149 were bucks, during the opening weekend of the state’s firearms deer season, according to preliminary reports from the Department of Natural Resources. That’s down about 14.5 percent from last year’s opener, when hunters registered 73,479 deer and 42,286 bucks during the first two days of season, the DNR said.
WILLMAR, Minn. – Second-degree murder charges are pending against two individuals who were arrested late Monday afternoon, Nov. 5, in the homicide death of David Medellin Jr. The body of the 24-year-old Willmar man was found Wednesday in a plowed field near Willmar in central Minnesota and on Friday law enforcement said Medellin’s death was being investigated as a homicide.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A train struck and killed a person on railroad tracks in downtown Moorhead, according to Moorhead Police Capt. Deric Swenson. Swenson said the collision happened about 4:28 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. The identity of the person killed was not immediately released.
WILLMAR, Minn. - The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office is investigating as a homicide the death of a 24-year-old Willmar man whose body was found Wednesday east of the city Sheriff Dan Hartog reported late Friday afternoon, Nov. 2. The victim has been tentatively identified as David Medellin Jr. and the cause of death ruled a homicide, according to the sheriff. The manner of death was not disclosed.
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported Thursday, Nov. 1, that it has identified H5N2 low pathogenic avian influenza in a Stearns County turkey flock in central Minnesota, making it the second case found in Minnesota this season. The low pathogenic avian influenza was detected in nearby Kandiyohi County turkey flock on Oct. 19.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- An emergency room patient at the Brainerd hospital allegedly stole an unattended medical van from the parking lot Tuesday, Oct. 30, eventually prompting police to subdue him with a stun gun. An employee of Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center reported the vehicle theft to police at 2:40 p.m. According to police, emergency department staff attempted to convince the suspect, a 50-year-old man from Breezy Point, to return to the hospital, but instead the man entered a Medi-Van parked nearby.
WILLMAR, Minn. — A Willmar man who was convicted this spring of swindling $89,000 from a Willmar golf course where he worked at the time faces new charges in Benton County for allegedly forging two sizable checks last year from a golf course near Brainerd where he had worked. Phillip Andrew Sam, 33, made his first court appearance Monday, Oct. 26, on two felony charges of check forgery and offering forged checks. There was no bail set and he was released following the court appearance.