FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—About 60 employees will be without a job at Sun Mart when the grocery store here closes next month. Grocery distributor and retailer SpartanNash announced to their Fergus Falls Sun Mart employees on Friday, June 15, that the location would be aiming for a July 14 closure. Pharmacy scripts are being sold to Walgreens, and the department is shutting down June 19. The Sun Mart Express fuel station does not have a definite closing date.
ST. PAUL—A Chisago County grand jury has indicted a man accused of driving a snowmobile on Chisago Lake that struck and killed an 8-year-old boy who was preparing to go ice fishing with his family. According to the Associated Press, 45-year-old Eric Coleman, of Chisago City, Minn., is charged with third-degree murder, criminal vehicular homicide, criminal vehicular operation and drunken driving in connection with the Jan. 26 incident.
MOORHEAD — A longtime lieutenant with the Moorhead Police Department has been promoted to the city's only captain. Tory Jacobson has more than 26 years of law enforcement experience, taking on various ranks and assignments within the department. Chief David Ebinger said Jacobson joined the department in 1991 and over the years has served in patrol, investigations, K9 and SWAT, where he was an assistant commander.
Winters are, in general, not as consistently cold as decades ago. Summer weather is more humid, and summer nights are generally warmer. Our frost-free season is, on average, several days longer than it used to be. Average annual precipitation has increased along with the frequency of flooding. But a harder question to answer is whether or not our weather has grown stormier. True, our region is experiencing higher summer rainfall and more days with rain than decades ago, but there is no evidence that the severe storms are increasing either in frequency or severity.
Following a windstorm such as the one that swept through the region Tuesday evening, many people are left wondering what about the peak wind speed at their location. Unfortunately, peak wind is essentially unknowable at any specific location. The peak measured wind at Hector airport was 64 mph, but that is not meant to represent the entire metropolitan area. There are other wind gauges (anemometers) around the city, but those are equally incapable of measuring the wind anywhere except at the points of their locations.
HATTIESBURG, Miss.—A strong tornado killed at least four people in southern Mississippi and left many others trapped in their homes after touching down in the hours before sunrise on Saturday, state officials said. The tornado, which touched down at about 3:45 a.m., reduced some buildings to splinters, downed power lines and was strong enough to flip over cars, according to photographs shared by the City of Hattiesburg on its social media accounts.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — An 18-year-old woman from Max and a student at North Dakota State University was killed in a vehicle crash Sunday, Jan. 9. Brooke Schroeder was driving her 1999 Pontiac Bonneville eastbound on Interstate 94 when at 5:17 p.m. she veered into the guardrail on the overpass over 109th Ave. SE, about 8 miles west of Valley City, according to Capt. Bryan Niewind with the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
SARTELL, Minn. – The parents of slain North Dakota State University student Thomas Bearson want the people who were with him shortly before his death to take lie-detector tests. The...