Beltrami County Man Identified in Fatal House Fire

Oscar Eckstrom, 76, died in the fire

  BLACKDUCK, Minn. — A man has died in a house fire in northern Minnesota. The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office says neighbors reported an explosion and a house engulfed in flames shortly after 3:30 this morning southwest of Blackduck. Oscar Eckstrom, 76, died in the fire. He was the only one living in the home in Hines Township which was…

Blackduck Man Killed After House Falls on Him

The accident is under investigation

  BELTRAMI, Minn. — A man is dead and two others hurt after a house fell while being set on a foundation. The Beltrami County sheriff says 25-year-old Joshua O’Brien of Blackduck, Minnesota was killed during the accident Sunday morning. Two other men were taken to hospitals for treatment. The men were setting a small house on the foundation on…

Blackduck Man Arrested After Allegedly Kidnapping Ex-Girlfriend

The woman had been abducted Friday in International Falls

HORNET TOWNSHIP, Minn, — A Blackduck, Minnesota man is in custody after being accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend. Joshua Smith, 31, was arrested after a search warrant was conducted on a residence in Hornet Township, about 30 miles northeast of Bemidji. Authorities found the woman walking away from the residence when they arrived and they sought the search warrant. The…