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State officials say they know who made a vague threat to northern Minnesota schools, causing dozens to be locked down on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension announced Thursday that agents identified a juvenile who on Wednesday posted a message in an online chat room threatening violence at an unnamed northern Minnesota school. The BCA says there is no threat to schools. No problems were reported Wednesday as many law enforcement agencies sent officers to guard schools with outside doors locked as a precaution.
A 41-year-old man was found Monday, Nov. 7, deceased in the woods after suffering an apparent gunshot wound in central Minnesota. Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen reported deputies were called at 5:04 p.m. to a possible hunting accident on property near the intersection of Hawthorne Road and Jewel Road in Belle Prairie Township east of Little Falls. According to the sheriff's office, Terrence Brisk was found deceased by a family member. Brisk was believed to be hunting as he was wearing blaze orange.
Maybe it's time for voting reforms that could boost Americans' satisfaction with the system. And maybe this week is the perfect time to start thinking about them. Slate.com has one idea, and it's a reform that has been talked about in North Dakota before. It's called approval voting. Its appeal is the improvement it would offer over plurality voting, our current system, and one that's "mathematically the absolute worst way to vote," author William Poundstone told Slate.com.
Five people were arrested and face felony charges in connection with a drug buy Thursday, Oct. 20 in Park Rapids where authorities seized meth, weapons and cash. A buy involving a half ounce of methamphetamine resulted in the seizure of 80 grams of methamphetamine, hallucinogenic mushrooms and other controlled substances, along with several thousand dollars and two firearms, according to information released by the Hubbard County Attorney's Office.
A Minnesota man died Sunday morning, Oct. 30, in a two-vehicle collision near Eagle Bend. The Minnesota State Patrol reported a 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup was eastbound on 380th Street north of Eagle Bend shortly after 9 a.m. when it collided at an intersection with a northbound 2016 International semi on Highway 71. The semi rolled after the crash. The driver of the pickup, 58-year-old Eagle Bend resident Jeffery S. Ahrendt, died. Semi driver Craig A. Olson, 51, of New Hope, wasn't injured.
Three people face criminal charges following a drug bust in which authorities seized methamphetamine with a street value of about $1,000 and several firearms. The arrests on Friday at a rural Brainerd residence also resulted in two young children being placed in emergency foster care. The Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division executed a search warrant at 7 a.m. Friday at a residence on the 8800 block of Wetherbee Road in Brainerd. The three suspects, who were apprehended, were charged Monday in Crow Wing County District Court. They were:
The Park Rapids Area School District received a report Friday morning of a suspicious individual on school property. Law enforcement responded to the call and completed a search of the school prairie and surrounding wooded areas. No suspicious person was located and the lockdown was lifted. Supt. Lance Bagstad sent out a district-wide message notifying parents and others of the lockdown. "We will continue to take precautions to ensure the safety of all our students and staff," he said in the message.
A 52-year-old woman suffered serious injuries in a rollover crash Wednesday on Highway 10 in Otter Tail County. Tami L. Lincoln, no address listed, was westbound on Highway 10 in a 2004 Chevy Silverado, according to the State Patrol. The truck ran off the right side, over-corrected and swerved across both westbound lanes, rolled in the median and came to a rest upright on its wheels. She was taken to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo. The truck was totaled.
A Detroit Lakes man has been sentenced to 153 months, or nearly 13 years in prison, on a felony first-degree drug possession conviction. Shane Thomas Wood, 44, was arrested after agents working with the West Central Minnesota Drug & Violent Crime Task Force met with a confidential informant that told police Wood was getting ready to drive to the St. Cloud area to purchase a large amount of meth to bring back to Becker County.
According to the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office, the Park Rapids Area High School received a threat Monday morning while students were on buses and arriving for class. The school district decided to re-route buses to the Century School and the high school was placed under lockdown for security measures. Law enforcement did a security sweep of the entire school grounds. Nothing suspicious was located. The Minnesota State Patrol and Park Rapids Police Department also responded. Classes are expected to resume as normal later this morning.