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Fire deaths increased in Minnesota in 2020

MINNEAPOLIS – Careless smoking was the leading cause of fatal fires in Minnesota in 2020. Fifty-three people died in fires last year, a 13% increase over 2019. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says seven deaths last year were attributed to careless smoking, the fifth consecutive year it led to fatal fires. Six victims died in fires that were attributed…

Man who died at Line 3 pipeline site run over by forklift

HILL CITY, Minn. – Authorities say a man who died while working on a pipeline project in northern Minnesota was run over by a large forklift. The Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office has preliminarily ruled that the death of Jorge Villafuerte III at the Enbridge Energy Line 3 construction site was an accident. The accident happened in the predawn hours of…

Minnesota State Sen. Jerry Relph dies after contracting COVID-19

MINNESOTA — Minnesota State Sen. Jerry Relph of St. Cloud has died of complications related to COVID-19. Relph tested positive for COVID-19 last month, three days after going into self-quarantine after he discovered he was exposed at the State Capitol. Relph then went to an emergency room for his symptoms. Relph, 76, is the first Minnesota lawmaker to succumb to…

Man Found Dead At Grand Forks Hotel

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Police in Grand Forks are investigating what they call an unattended death at Budget Inn Express. They were called to the hotel Saturday afternoon to check on a man in one of the rooms. Officers entered the room and found the man was dead. His identity is being withheld while family is notified and the death…

Fargo Police release name of man found in Island Park

FARGO, ND – Police have released the name of a man who was found dead in Island Park Friday afternoon. He was 37-year-old William Zaiser of Fargo. The body was discovered under a picnic table. Police do not consider the death suspicious and no autopsy is planned. Police and the Cass County Coroner’s Office conducted the investigation. Categories: Local News,…