DEATHS

Trial set in human smuggling case involving victims who froze to death near Canada border

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Florida man will stand trial in Minnesota this summer on human smuggling charges following his January arrest after authorities just across the Canadian border found four migrants who had frozen to death during a blizzard. Court documents filed Wednesday show that U.S. District Judge John Tunheim scheduled Steve Shand’s trial to begin July 18. The…

North Dakota man convicted in grisly deaths faces sentencing

The sentencing hearing scheduled for Tuesday in front of South Central District Judge David Reich.

MANDAN, N.D. – A man scheduled for sentencing in the stabbing and shooting deaths of four people at a Mandan property management firm is facing life in prison without parole.A jury in August found Chad Isaak guilty in the grisly 2019 deaths of RJR Maintenance & Management co-owner Robert Fakler and employees Adam Fuehrer, William Cobb, and Lois Cobb. The…

Deaths of Moorhead family members, mosque vandalism among top stories in 2021

FARGO (KVRR) – The tragic account of 7 members of an immigrant family from Honduras who died in a Moorhead home in December was the most-viewed news story of 2021 on KVRR.com Relatives discovered the victims Dec. 18 when they went to check after not hearing from them.  The were identified as 37-year-old Belin Hernandez, 34-year-old Marleny Pinto, 16-year-old Breylin Hernandez,…

Update: Moorhead family members died from carbon monoxide poisoning

GoFundMeMOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – Seven members of a Moorhead family who died in a home over the weekend were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning. Police say the preliminary causes of death are based on laboratory blood tests, although the investigation remains open. The victims were identified as 37-year-old Belin Hernandez, 34-year-old Marleny Pinto, 16-year-old Breylin Hernandez, 7-year-old Mike Hernandez, 5-year-old…

Minnesota tops 10,000 coronavirus deaths

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota has topped 10,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths while hospitals around the state continue to delay surgeries as the coronavirus patients crowd hospitals. The state Department of Health on Wednesday reported 54 new deaths due to the virus, lifting the total fatalities to 10,018 since the start of the pandemic. Another 124 deaths were likely because of COVID-19 but…

Kentucky governor: Tornado on ground for more than 200 miles

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s governor says a devastating tornado touched down for 227 miles – more than 200 in his state – and deaths were feared in 10 counties. Gov. Andy Beshear said at a news conference Saturday that at least 70 people were feared dead in Kentucky, and the death toll could exceed 100. Severe storms moved through…

Drug overdose deaths up 27% in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS – Health officials say Minnesota saw a 27% increase in drug overdose deaths last year, with the first largest increase coinciding with the outbreak of COVID-19. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, 1,008 people died of drug overdoses in 2020. Drug-related deaths increased 64% in March 2020 compared with the previous year, then peaked at more than 100…

Hundreds of vaccinated Minnesotans still contract COVID-19

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Health officials say hundreds of Minnesotans fully vaccinated against the coronavirus became infected with COVID-19, dozens needed to be hospitalized and six people died. Data from the state Department of Health shows the vaccines are highly effective in Minnesota, but that it remains unclear how well they protect against the more contagious variants of COVID-19. Health…