FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—About 60 employees will be without a job at Sun Mart when the grocery store here closes next month. Grocery distributor and retailer SpartanNash announced to their Fergus Falls Sun Mart employees on Friday, June 15, that the location would be aiming for a July 14 closure. Pharmacy scripts are being sold to Walgreens, and the department is shutting down June 19. The Sun Mart Express fuel station does not have a definite closing date.
ST. PAUL—A Chisago County grand jury has indicted a man accused of driving a snowmobile on Chisago Lake that struck and killed an 8-year-old boy who was preparing to go ice fishing with his family. According to the Associated Press, 45-year-old Eric Coleman, of Chisago City, Minn., is charged with third-degree murder, criminal vehicular homicide, criminal vehicular operation and drunken driving in connection with the Jan. 26 incident.
MOORHEAD — A longtime lieutenant with the Moorhead Police Department has been promoted to the city's only captain. Tory Jacobson has more than 26 years of law enforcement experience, taking on various ranks and assignments within the department. Chief David Ebinger said Jacobson joined the department in 1991 and over the years has served in patrol, investigations, K9 and SWAT, where he was an assistant commander.
Winters are, in general, not as consistently cold as decades ago. Summer weather is more humid, and summer nights are generally warmer. Our frost-free season is, on average, several days longer than it used to be. Average annual precipitation has increased along with the frequency of flooding. But a harder question to answer is whether or not our weather has grown stormier. True, our region is experiencing higher summer rainfall and more days with rain than decades ago, but there is no evidence that the severe storms are increasing either in frequency or severity.
Following a windstorm such as the one that swept through the region Tuesday evening, many people are left wondering what about the peak wind speed at their location. Unfortunately, peak wind is essentially unknowable at any specific location. The peak measured wind at Hector airport was 64 mph, but that is not meant to represent the entire metropolitan area. There are other wind gauges (anemometers) around the city, but those are equally incapable of measuring the wind anywhere except at the points of their locations.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A 12-year-old girl died Friday in an apparent drowning in a swampy area between two lakes near here. JaLysa Anne Cook of Alexandria was found in about 3 feet of water about 6:10 p.m, according to authorities.
Meet the six new members of The Forum's Readers Board. They join six returning members whose terms expire in June. Members stay on for a year, but terms are staggered by a half-year. The paper's community sounding board chooses its own successors. We want to first thank our members leaving the board: Les Hazlett, Mike Miller, Ryan Schuster, Heather Syverson and Laura Vogel. New members are:
HATTIESBURG, Miss.—A strong tornado killed at least four people in southern Mississippi and left many others trapped in their homes after touching down in the hours before sunrise on Saturday, state officials said. The tornado, which touched down at about 3:45 a.m., reduced some buildings to splinters, downed power lines and was strong enough to flip over cars, according to photographs shared by the City of Hattiesburg on its social media accounts.
A hands-on hobby attracted several people in the F-M area Saturday afternoon. Local artist showed off their skills at the 2017 Woodturner's Winter Extravaganza. Woodturner Larry Longtime said he sees something different in every piece of wood. But for some, it's more than a hobby. For Ruth Severson, owner of "In the Chips, it's a challenge and a way of breaking down barriers. "I grew up in that stage where people said, 'You can't do that, you're a woman,'" Severson said. But woodturning wasn't easy to get into.
United Blood Services is asking for your help. The service's blood supply is about 300 units short. Low donor turnout during the holidays caused part of the problem. The severe winter weather that followed made the shortage even worse. The blood bank is welcoming all blood types, but O-negative is the most urgently needed at this time. Donating just once has the potential to save up to three lives.