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DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—A 47-year-old northwest Minnesota man who has been convicted of drunken driving at least six times appeared in district court Monday, Feb. 12, facing two felony charges of criminal vehicular homicide in the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian near Pine Point last Thursday. Bruce Allen Basswood, 47, of nearby Ponsford is accused of hitting and killing Joshua Charles Jones, 21, of Ponsford as he was walking on Pow Wow Highway, about a half mile east of Pine Point. Pine Point is about 25 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes in Becker County.
AKELEY, Minn. --The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said on Monday, Feb. 12, the investigation was still ongoing into the disappearance of a 27-year-old pregnant Akeley woman in north-central Minnesota. Authorities said they are concerned for Kara Blevins' welfare due to her medical condition and the cold weather. The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office has officially listed Blevins as a missing person.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Authorities have released two of three people taken into custody in connection with a hit-and-run crash that left a 21-year-old Ponsford, Minn., man dead Thursday night, Feb. 8. According to information released by Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander:
ST. PAUL—Minnesota's governor and legislative leaders often communicate with each other by letter or by talking to the media. But a week before the 2018 session is to begin, Gov. Mark Dayton and leaders from both parties will sit at the same table and answer the same questions.
WINNER — Two Winner women were charged with child abuse after allegedly forcing a 10-year-old to smoke marijuana. On Feb. 4, a woman told police her 10-year-old son came home from someone else's home and said they "made him smoke marijuana." The mother bought a home-test kit and the child twice tested positive for marijuana. The child told police he was hyper while visiting Elizabeth Mansheim, so she and another occupant of the house, Natalie Dykstra, gave him weed to calm down. The juvenile explained where the weed is kept in the house and said he smoked twice.
WASHINGTON — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz will be the keynote speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast dinner Thursday, Feb. 8. North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer made the announcement in an interview on KXJB-TV. Wentz, the former North Dakota State University star, will replace Vice President Mike Pence, who will be in Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the Olympic opening ceremonies.
MITCHELL, S.D. — A Mitchell woman was arrested for allegedly stealing a vehicle when she posted about the crime on social media and left her driver's license at the scene. Natasha Gonzalez, 30, has been charged with grand theft valued between $1,000 and $2,500, a Class 6 felony punishable by up to two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.
ST. PAUL—A Red Lake, Minn., man was sentenced Friday, Feb. 2, to 30 years in federal prison in the deaths of two people on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Jared Daniel Jones, 23, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in the second degree, according to a release Monday, Feb. 5, from the office of U.S. Attorney Gregory Booker. Jones was sentenced to 360 months in prison by Senior Judge Donovan Frank in U.S. District Court in St. Paul on Friday.
KENSINGTON, Minn. — Three barns and 22 calves were lost in a fire Wednesday night, Jan. 31, on a farm north of Kensington. The fire apparently started when a skid loader was left idling near some round hay bales, a news release from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said. The fire then spread to nearby calf barns.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — An Oregon man has been charged with felony drug possession after a traffic stop on Interstate 94 found 200 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle. A Minnesota State Patrol trooper pulled over a van on I-94 Friday, Jan. 26. The vehicle was driven by Cory Frazier, 42. Philomath, Ore., according to Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow and Otter Tail County District Court records.