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FARGO — A Casselton boy playing with a firecracker lost a finger over the weekend, according to the Cass County Sheriff's Department. The boy was lighting the firecracker on a driveway about 6 p.m. Sunday, July 3, when it exploded in his right hand, severing a finger, said department spokesman Sgt. Tim Briggeman. When the sheriff's deputy arrived on scene, Casselton Ambulance crews had loaded the boy up for transport to an unspecified Fargo hospital. The boy was alert and in stable condition.
ALCESTER, S.D. — A Hawarden, Iowa man has been identified as the person who died late Sunday in a motorcycle crash that occurred southeast of Alcester in far southeast South Daktoa. Jason Kuil, 39, was driving a 1974 Harley Davidson east on 302nd Street when he failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle went into the ditch and hit the culvert. Kuil, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle. He later died as a result of his injuries. No one else was involved in the crash. South Dakota's Highway Patrol continues to investigate.
PLATTE, S.D. — The South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department is investigating a fatal jet ski crash that occurred Sunday afternoon near Snake Creek Recreation Area. At about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, a "jet ski on jet ski accident" killed a man believed to be in his early 30s, according to Brandon Gust, boating law administrator with GF&P. Snake Creek Recreation Area is about 15 miles west of Platte on the Missouri River's Lake Francis Case.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Two northwest Minnesota teens were found safe in Grand Forks, N.D., nearly a month after disappearing from a juvenile detention facility in Bemidji. Jordan Krolak, 17, was found Saturday night, according to a Facebook post from the Marshall County Sheriff's Office. Krolak went missing June 5, the same day as Casey Danielson, also 17, of Bigfork, Minn. Both had been staying at the Northwestern Minnesota Juvenile Center, according to their mothers.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn.— A male employee at a Granite Falls home for vulnerable adults is now serving time in the Yellow Medicine County Jail, sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a female resident. A Yellow Medicine County District Judge sentenced 53-year-old Tracy Lee Stephen, of Montevideo, to 180 days in jail, a 24-month prison sentence—stayed for 10 years—and 10 years of supervised probation.
MITCHELL, S.D.—Sanford Health's presence in Mitchell continues to grow. Since arriving on the Mitchell health care scene in 2007, the local Sanford Health clinic has consolidated its offices at the Highland Mall on the south side of town. With a growing patient base, Sanford is working to expand its operations at the Highland Mall location with an investment of approximately $500,000.
BEMIDJI—A 14-year-old Bemidji boy is in serious condition after being severely burned Wednesday when an all-terrain vehicle driven by a friend caught fire near Leonard, Minn. According to Clearwater County Sheriff Darin Halverson the boy, identified by his mother as Gabe Schwarzlander, was riding in the Polaris Ranger, driven by another 14-year-old. Halverson said to legally drive such a vehicle a person must be at least 15.
BENSON, Minn. —A Dent man involved in a drunken high-speed chase who repeatedly rammed his vehicle into Swift County Sheriff John Holtz's squad car was sentenced Friday to probation and stayed jail time for multiple charges. Douglas Alan Young, 49, pleaded guilty in May to gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault of an officer, felony first-degree damage to property, felony fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle and gross misdemeanor driving while impaired.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Police have arrested a 38-year-old Audubon, Minn., man suspected in the killing of a woman found inside a Moorhead house after a fire there Tuesday, June 28. Police believe the woman, who they haven't publicly identified, was assaulted and killed before the fire, which they also suspect is suspicious, Moorhead police Lt. Tory Jacobson said in a news release issued Friday, July 1.
PERHAM, Minn.—A child reported missing near Perham at about 1 p.m. Friday, was found safe in a cornfield near the intersection of Highway 108 and County Highway 49, with the assistance of a helicopter, after a one-hour search. The child had been with his father while he was working in the field, according to an Otter Tail County Sheriff's report. Larson Helicopters of Perham, a crop spraying company, was flying 30 to 40 feet over the rows of waist-high corn, when the child was spotted, said Michael Larson, pilot of the helicopter.