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REDBY, Minn.—Recently released search warrants revealed additional details of a shooting on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northwest Minnesota that has triggered a multi-county manhunt. In a Dec. 1 post to Twitter, the FBI issued a release asking for help apprehending Derek Jon Paddy, 21, of Red Lake. The tweet said that Paddy was involved in a Thanksgiving Day armed robbery and a Nov. 30 shooting on the reservation in Redby, and is considered armed and dangerous. The FBI would not provide any more information.
RED LAKE, Minn. — Days after the historic St. Mary's Mission Church in Red Lake burned to the ground, people whose lives have been touched by the church are attempting to raise money to help rebuild. One GoFundMe page, started by Troy Bauer, a youth minister at St. Katharine Drexel in Ramsey, Minn., has already raised $990 in just four days. Bauer first visited St. Mary's school in 2012 while running a mission trip and wanted to help the church get back on its feet when he heard about the fire.
The wreckage of St. Mary’s Mission Church was still smoldering at noon Saturday, Dec. 2, as congregants stood at the edge of a caution-tape boundary, paying their respects.. The historic church, which has served the Red Lake Reservation since the 1800s, burned to the ground overnight, leaving nothing but the chimney intact. Charred debris had traveled the entire length of the large field that separated the church from the nearby fire station, and wood splinters showed where the bell tower had stood A few at a time, Red Lake residents and other churchgoers stopped by the site to observe the remains or speak with Father Jerry Rogers, who runs the church and school.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Two Burger King restaurants in Bemidji temporarily closed Thursday after more than two dozen people contracted salmonella after eating there. Doug Schultz, a spokesperson with the Minnesota Department of Health, said the department has confirmed 27 cases, and received reports of four more probable cases. Both Burger King sites voluntarily decided to close Thursday. Most cases were identified in September, he said, but the victims may have been exposed to salmonella before then. Two additional cases came to light this week, prompting the closures.
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Two Burger King restaurants in Bemidji, Minn. temporarily closed Thursday, Nov. 30 after more than two dozen people contracted salmonella after eating there. Doug Schultz, a spokesperson with the Minnesota Department of Health, said the department has confirmed 27 cases, and received reports of four more probable cases. Both Burger King sites in Bemidji voluntarily decided to close Thursday.
UPPER RED LAKE, Minn.—Law enforcement and a northwest Minnesota resort are urging people who ice fish to use caution when venturing out following the death of two anglers Monday on Upper Red Lake in that corner of the state. Searchers recovered the bodies of Melissa Marie Seidenstricker, 30, of Princeton, Minn., and Zeth Grey Knyphausen, 29, of Stacey, Minn., at about 3 p.m. Monday. The pair had rented a sleeper fish house from Rogers' on RED resort and had failed to return from their fishing trip Sunday night. A friend alerted police to their disappearance.
RED LAKE, Minn. -- The bodies of two people missing on Upper Red Lake since Sunday were found Monday afternoon. According to a news release from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office the bodies of the two missing people were recovered at about 3 p.m. Authorities have not officially identified the bodies, but law enforcement and emergency personnel have been searching for Melissa Seidenstricker, 29, of Princeton, Minn., and Zeth Knyphausen, 28, of Stacy, Minn.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — The Tennessee man who police say caused a May school bus crash the injured multiple children was sentenced to 10 days in jail Friday, Nov. 17. Thomas Lee Nielsen, 30, of Chattanooga, Tenn., was charged with careless driving May 5, two days after he ran a stop sign at the intersection of Irvine Avenue Northwest and South Movil Lake Road and hit the bus. The collision caused the bus driver to lose control and swerve onto the soft shoulder of Irvine Avenue, where the bus rolled on its side in the ditch.
RED LAKE, Minn.—Improved weather conditions allowed searchers to continue working to find two missing Red Lake fishermen Thursday, and Red Lake Department of Public Safety personnel say the efforts won't stop until the pair is found.
WALKER — A Cass Lake man was charged with murder Tuesday morning, two days after a Cass Lake woman died from a gunshot wound to the head. Brandon Joseph Roy, 24, was arraigned in Walker shortly after the Cass County Attorney’s Office charged him with one count of second-degree unintentional murder and one count of first-degree aggravated robbery. Roy was escorted into the courtroom Tuesday by three bailiffs and communicated mostly with nods throughout his arraignment. He cried occasionally during the hearing.