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RIVER FALLS, Wis.—A River Falls teen died Tuesday night after a fiery crash in western Wisconsin. Tyler James Orpen, 16, was pronounced dead at River Falls Area Hospital. A 61-year-old St. Paul Park, Minn., man, Joseph Martin Timmers, was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with undisclosed injuries. Pierce County Sheriff's deputies were notified about the crash west of River Falls at 5:37 p.m. Tuesday.
GOODHUE, Minn.—Goodhue Fire Chief Michael Kehren was killed during in a tractor-trailer accident after the July 4 Firefighter's Dance in Wanamingo in southeast Minnesota. Kehren, 58, had been riding on one of two wagons being pulled by a tractor when he fell off the tow bar between the wagons and was run over by the second wagon. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A Fargo police officer was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of drunken driving near Hawley, Minn., according to Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist. Wes Libner, a school resource officer at Fargo South High School, was pulled over on U.S. Highway 10 just after 5 a.m. Saturday, July 2, and was found to have a 0.08 percent blood-alcohol level, Bergquist said. The legal limit is 0.08 percent. Libner was arrested and bailed out of the Clay County Jail. He's expect to be charged with fourth-degree driving while intoxicated, Bergquist said.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—Three people were injured Monday evening, July 4, when a car and a motorcycle collided on Highway 59 in Otter Tail County, according to a report released by the Minnesota State Patrol. The incident happened about 7:43 p.m. when a car that was northbound on Highway 59 slowed to nearly a stop and and made a left turn, the State Patrol said. A motorcycle that was southbound on Highway 59 struck the side of the car, throwing both riders off the bike.
MINNEAPOLIS—Minnesota State Patrol troopers practice delivering babies in training academies, and one who just joined the patrol and the class put it to use on the Fourth of July weekend. Probationary trooper Garrett Klein was on duty with his trooper Jonathan Lehman when the two received the call just before 6:30 a.m. on the 4th about a woman in labor along Interstate 94 in Minneapolis. When they arrived, the mother's contractions were just a minute apart and soon after, the baby was born.
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.