Your Tuesday News Brief: March 13

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

MOTLEY– Authorities are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 15-year-old runaway. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports that a juvenile male ran away from the rural Motley area Monday. The male, Dylan Vorbeck, left his home wearing a two-tone blue jacket and red shoes. Vorbeck is 5’5″, 130 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes, and he is believed to have left his home on his own. Anyone with information about Vorbeck’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

A recent photo of Dylan Vorbeck. Submitted.

BEMIDJI– The Bemidji Police Department recently added new signage to their squad cars. According to a release from Chief Mike Mastin, the phrase “Protect and Serve” is now prominently displayed in both English and Ojibwe. Mastin says the initiative is designed to bring trust and legitimacy with the area’s Native American community, and that the added signage sends the message that the department is there to provide exemplary police service to all community members.

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Chief of Police Mike Mastin next to the new signage on a squad. Submitted.

ST. PAUL– Today is Township Day for the state of Minnesota. Townships across the state’s 87 counties will have meetings today, and many of them will hold elections. To find out more on what’s going on in a particular township, visit the Secretary of State’s website or visit

BEMIDJI– The Bemidji Police Department reports that bones recently found in a crawl space do not appear to be human. Detectives responded to the scene Saturday evening after a report of found bones on the 500 block of Irvine Avenue. Preliminary examination by both the detectives and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed the bones are likely not human, but a more thorough exam will be performed to confirm that hypothesis.

CASS LAKE– Two were critically injured after a weekend crash four miles east of Cass Lake. Officials say that a Lincoln Town Car, driven by 28-year-old Kara Smith of Duluth, was heading west on Highway 2 in the wrong lane of the traffic shoulder area when she corrected the vehicle back onto the highway and collided head-on with an eastbound Semi. Smith was transported via North Air Ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. The passenger of the Town Car, 29-year-old Beau Grotberg of Duluth, was transported via Sanford Med Air to Fargo.  The driver of the Semi, 67-year-old William Black of Wadena, required no medical treatment. The state patrol was assisted at the scene by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Leech Lake Tribal Police, the DNR, and the Cass Lake Fire and Ambulance service.

POWERS TOWNSHIP– A 23-year-old Backus woman was killed after an alcohol-related crash in Cass County Friday. Authorities report that Dani Detloff was eastbound in a Ford Taurus on 16th Street in Powers Township, pulling out from a stop sign when she was struck by a southbound F150 on Highway 371. The driver of the F150, 55-year-old Paul Hamilton of Backus, and the passenger, 56-year-old Jennifer Hamilton of Backus, were uninjured from the crash. Authorities indicate the occupants of the F150 were both under the influence of alcohol. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office, the Pine River Police Department, and the Backus and Hackensack Fire Departments assisted the state patrol at the scene.


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