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AITKIN, Minn. -- DNA matching a 10-year-old Lake Park girl killed in a hit-and-run earlier this month was found on a boat trailer driven by a Hastings, Minn., man now charged in connection with her death, court records say. Steven L. Meier, 44, was charged Wednesday, June 22, with two counts of felony criminal vehicular homicide in the death of Caylin Donovan, who was killed after being struck by a vehicle earlier this month near Lake Mille Lacs in Aitkin County.
As a blizzard howled its way toward the flood-stricken Red River Valley Monday, officials were warned of yet another threat on the horizon: a second crest in two weeks that could send the Red River back to 40 feet. The National Weather Service said there is a good possibility the river will hit 37 feet in mid-April and a remote chance the Red could go to 40 feet or higher. "It will be up there in the major flood category," said Michael Hudson, a National Weather Service spokesman who described the 40-foot possibility as "a worst-case scenario," based on available information. Hudson said th
No charges are expected in the death of a young Wisconsin woman during a music festival near Detroit Lakes, Minn., last week, said Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon. Gordon said if something such as alcohol is involved, it would be impossible to determine where it came from, given the communal atmosphere at the 10,000 Lakes Festival. Preliminary autopsy information indicated no foul play or trauma was involved in the death of Ashley McCoy, 17, of West Salem, Gordon said. Toxicology results are still pending, but barring major surprises Gordon said he doesn't foresee criminal charges being fi
The daughter of a rural Mahnomen, Minn., couple found shot to death in their home Monday night says chronic health problems led to the incident. Mahnomen County Sheriff Doug Krier said evidence indicates Paul William Warren, 86, shot his wife, Doris Oma Warren, 86, and then himself. Krier said Paul Warren phoned authorities about 8:15 p.m. Monday to say he had put his wife to sleep and he was going to put himself to sleep as well.