This year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is coming from north central Minnesota. The 2,000-mile journey to Washington, D.C., begins Wednesday when the 88-foot tall white spruce is cut down in the Chippewa National Forest.
Police arrested a Cass Lake man Friday evening who they say was involved in a shooting over Facebook posts.
A man was shot in the leg and another beaten in Beltrami County during a scuffle over Facebook posts and an unpaid debt early Friday morning.
The Department of Natural Resources say they have confirmed the presence of adult zebra mussels for the first time in a Bemidji-area lake. Officials say they were found on one of Cass Lake’s most popular beaches.
A Cass Lake man remains in custody following a hostage incident and standoff with law enforcement officers. The Cass County sheriff’s office said in a statement Friday that it got a call early Wednesday about a man barricaded in a residence who had a gun, was making threats, and indicated he was holding a female hostage.
Staff from the U.S. Capitol and the Washington Office of the USDA Forest Service visited northern Minn. in late July to survey trees fit for Christmas in the nation’s capitol. According to officials, crews searched the Chippewa National Forest near Cass Lake, Minn. They settled upon two trees out of the millions in the protected area, one of which is a backup.
Two men were arrested early Friday morning in Cass County after they allegedly kidnapped and stabbed another man they knew from Facebook. Twenty-two-year-old Sheldon James Armstrong, III, of Cass Lake, Minn., and 18-year-old Travis Richard Paquette, of Bemidji, Minn., both face one count each of first degree attempted murder, kidnapping, second degree assault with a dangerous weapon and theft of a motor vehicle.
Authorities suspect a wildfire in Cass County that caused an evacuation and a heavy firefighting response was intentionally set. The sheriff’s department says ten homes were evacuated Wednesday afternoon when the fast-moving fire burned about 76 acres near Cass Lake.
Two people are dead after a head-on crash in Cass County Saturday, according to authorities. The Minnesota State Patrol said the accident happened around noon Saturday at the intersection of Country Road 75 and Leech Lake Route 438.
A U.S. District Court judge is dismissing charges against five Native American defendants who were accused of poaching walleye from northern Minnesota lakes and selling them on the black market. The five are among the dozens of people charged last spring following an extensive undercover operation by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and tribal fish and game agents. The two-year sting was code named “Operation Squarehook,” in reference to the nets used to capture large numbers of game fish.
With high temperatures and drought conditions in parts of the state, fire officials are warning about the risk of wildfires and urging people to be careful in dry areas. Tom Fasteland is a coordinator with the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center in Grand Rapids. He says part of the state is still covered with green vegetation, which reduces the risk of fire, but the landscape can change quickly in a heat wave. He says people should be careful in recreational parts of the state. He says areas around Bemidji, Detroit Lakes and Cass Lake are dry, and in parts of northern and central Minnesota the fire-danger rating is “high” or “very high.”
Authorities are looking for at least one suspect after two men were stabbed in Cass Lake early Saturday morning. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office said it responded to a report of a disturbance in Cass Lake, which is east of Bemidji, at about 3:18 a.m. Saturday.
The Mississippi driver who survived a highway crash that killed his wife and two young children is improving at a Minnesota hospital.
Authorities are investigating a tragic rollover Saturday afternoon that claimed the lives of two toddlers and a woman near Cass Lake.
Three members of a Mississippi family died and one was critically injured on an icy highway in northern Minnesota, the State Patrol reported Sunday.