Death

Minnehaha Academy Fatal Explosion: “A Bible Verse Comes to Mind”

People caught in the building talk about what it was like to try to escape before the explosion. Reporter Karen Scullin from KMSP Fox 9 Reports from Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Two people are dead after a gas explosion at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis. The school’s custodian was pulled from the rubble last night. Caught in the explosion, a terrifying and surreal moment for those inside Minnehaha Academy when a portion of it blew up. “Yeah, it felt like somebody pushed you down,” said school accountant, Joel Maart….

Park River Man Sentenced in Fentanyl Overdose Death

Chyle told investigators he provided fentanyl in August 2016 to 30-year-old Eugene Meecham, of Grafton

PARK RIVER, ND — A Park River man tied to a fentanyl overdose death has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Twenty-six-year-old Zachary Chyle pleaded guilty in March to a pair of charges involving distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death. Chyle told investigators he provided fentanyl in August 2016 to 30-year-old Eugene Meecham, of Grafton. Meecham’s body…

South Dakota Woman Identified in Grass Fire Death

Officials do not yet know if the region's drought conditions caused the fire

FAIRBURN, SD — A South Dakota woman who died in a grass fire has been identified. Authorities say the grass fire spread to the home of 26-year-old Julia Pawelski on Tuesday morning in Fairburn, a town just south of Rapid City. The fire damaged at least three other buildings along with multiple vehicles and hay bales before fire crews got…

Governor Burgum, First Lady Focusing on Drug Addiction in North Dakota

Last year, 55 people died from drug overdoses, many due to opioids

BISMARCK, ND — Overdose deaths have almost tripled in North Dakota since 2013. Last year, 55 people died from drug overdoses, many due to opioids. To save lives, North Dakota First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum is encouraging those at risk for opioid overdose, their family and friends, and community businesses to get a prescription for naloxone. It can prevent opioid…

South Dakota Woman Dies After Grass Fire Spreads to House

Authorities did not immediately identify the 26-year-old woman whose body was found Tuesday morning

FAIRBURN, SD — A woman is dead after a grass fire spread to her home in Fairburn, South Dakota, south of Rapid City. Authorities did not immediately identify the 26-year-old woman whose body was found Tuesday morning. The Custer Fire Chief says the grass fire had the potential to destroy the small town. It damaged at least three buildings in…

Mapleton Woman Fired After Viral Racist Rant, Community Rally Scheduled in Fargo

Amber Hensley has issued an apology and the three women behind the camera say they hope she changes. KVRR'S TJ Nelson also contributed to this report

FARGO, ND — A Mapleton woman continues to deal with the consequences of her actions after video of her harassing three Somali women in Fargo went viral. Amber Hensley has issued an apology and the three women behind the camera say they hope she changes. They also want bystanders to speak up when hate crimes happen. KVRR’s Nick Broadway was the…

North Dakota Ranchers Dealing with Deadly Algae Killing Their Livestock

She says it finds its way in the animal's drinking water and can kill livestock within five minutes of it being consumed

NORTH DAKOTA — Livestock specialists say the drought conditions are causing the spread of a type of algae deadly to livestock. Miranda Meheen says cyanobacteria caused the death of at least six livestock animals in North Dakota. Many of these deaths go unreported. She says it finds its way in the animal’s drinking water and can kill livestock within five…

Pilot Killed in Crash Near Moorhead Airport Well Thought of by Aviation Community

Colleage and friend of Mark Yaggie remembers what kind of person he was

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Mark Yaggie, 41-years-old, died in an airplane crash near the Moorhead Airport Sunday night. “You hope that it was somebody other than a friend or a colleague,” said Paul Bernabucci, who is vice chairman of the Fargo Air Museum. According to the FAA, Yaggie, who is from Breckenridge, was trying to land at the Moorhead Airport when…

“This Alone is a Charge”: Shooting Victim’s Family Doesn’t Want Perez Locked Away

Family members say Pedro was a thrill seeker and a loving father

HALSTAD, Minn. — Family members of Pedro Ruiz III tell us the shooting was an accident. “He said he had practiced it,” said his aunt, Claudia Ruiz. “It’s just sad.” Relatives said Pedro Ruiz III was a family man, a hard worker and a thrill seeker. They do not think the fatal shooting was intentional. “They would do anything for…

Dru Sjodin’s Autopsy Evidence Under Dispute in Death Penalty Appeal

Linda Walker, Sjodin's mother, has sat in on every hearing since the appeal started on Tuesday

FARGO, N.D. — Forensic scientists are disputing autopsy evidence in the death penalty appeal for Alfonso Rodriguez. One of Rodriguez’s former attorneys took the stand. Forensic experts are disputing male DNA tests done by Dr. Michael McGee when he performed the initial autopsy on UND student Dru Sjodin. Those tests came back positive. This ultimately led to the rape conviction…