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By Dave Olson Forum News Service When the days grow shorter and shadows grow longer, Lyle Bartholomay knows exactly where he wants to be. In the cab of a Massey Ferguson combine, helping with the fall harvest. Nevermind that he’s 75 and lives in West Fargo, N.D., having “retired” from his farm near Wheatland, N.D. To sit down, he says, is to grow old. So, on a recent sunny but blustery fall day, he was lending a hand to the soybean harvest on the farm he once ran but is now operated by Kelly Thompson. Thompson, 39, began working for Bartholomay
WILLIAMS -- Two men found dead in a boat on Lake of the Woods died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, according to preliminary autopsy results.
GRANITE FALLS — Law enforcement authorities in Yellow Medicine County are searching for a man they say is connected to a Monday morning homicide in Granite Falls in west central Minnesota. Authorities say Andrew Joseph Dikken, 28, should not be approached as he may be armed and dangerous.
The world’s oldest-known wild bear has died of old age in Itasca County at the age of 39½, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Known to DNR researchers as bear No. 56, the female American black bear was first captured and radio-collared in July 1981 by DNR scientists during the first summer of a long-term research project on bear population ecology. The bear was 7 years old at the time and was accompanied by three female cubs. DNR wildlife research biologist Karen Noyce, tracking a signal from the bear’s radio-collar, found No. 56 on Aug. 20, she said.
The world’s oldest-known wild bear has died of old age in northern Minnesota at the age of 39½, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The bear was known to DNR researchers as Bear No. 56.
DEER RIVER, Minn. -- A 16-year-old boy was the victim of an apparent wolf attack at a campground on Lake Winnibigoshish near Deer River, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Monday. The boy sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to a DNR news release. The boy is from Solway, Minn., said Cheri Zeppelin, DNR Northeast Region information officer in Grand Rapids.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji School District was named as the defendant in three lawsuits filed Wednesday in regards to alleged sexual abuse carried out by a former teacher. St. Paul-based attorney Jeff Anderson filed the suits on behalf of three victims who say they were sexually abused by former teacher John Wangberg between 2008 and 2012. The lawsuits were filed in Beltrami County.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America elected its first female presiding bishop Wednesday to oversee the nation’s largest Lutheran denomination. The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, bishop of the ELCA’s Northeastern Ohio Synod, was elected at the biennial churchwide assembly in Pittsburgh, in a decisive turnback of the incumbent bishop, the Rev. Mark Hanson, who had helmed the Chicago-based church since 2001.
FERGUS FALLS – More than a year after the lifeless body of Scott Burris was discovered in a river near here, his uncle and cousin were charged Monday night with killing the 33-year-old – reportedly over about $20,000 he owed them in drug money. Michael Alan Burris, 64, and his son, Michael Kyle Burris, 23, were arrested Monday in Mesa, Ariz., where they moved this year amid an investigation that had circled around them for months.
FARMINGTON — A runaway rodeo bull caused injuries to several visitors at the Dakota County Fair on Wednesday evening. The bull escaped from his pen, then broke through the gates and ran through the fairgrounds. Eight people were injured in the incident, according to Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows. The most seriously injured person was Cottage Grove resident Barbara Goggins, who was taken by helicopter to Hennepin County Medical Center.