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Minot man dies in oilfield accident near Stanley

STANLEY, N.D. - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a Minot man that occurred last week on an oilfield location near Stanley.

Joshua Hoiland, 31, died Thursday at a site south of Stanley, said the Mountrail County Sheriff's Office.

Preliminary information indicates that Hoiland was cleaning the inside of an oilfield vacuum truck when the agitator came on and he became caught in the movement of the agitator, said Eric Brooks, area director for the Bismarck OSHA office. He died at the scene, Brooks said.

A report from the North Dakota State Forensic Examiner's Office said Hoiland died from blunt chest injuries. The injury occurred about 7 p.m. last Thursday, the report said.

Hoiland worked for First Choice Energy of Minot. This is the seventh workplace fatality investigated by the Bismarck OSHA office since Oct. 1, the fourth from the oil and gas industry, Brooks said.



EGF robbery suspect identified

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. -- East Grand Forks police have identified a man who allegedly stole a 74-year-old man's wallet in the alley behind the VFW club.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Michael Wade Zvirblis on the charge of robbery. He faces 10 years in prison or a 20,000 dollar fine. Police said Monday that he has not been located and is considered dangerous.

The robbery happened shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday night. According to police, Zvirblis knocked the victim off his medical power scooter and took his wallet. He helped the man back on to his scooter then fled the scene. Zvirblis got away with $65 in cash along with the victim's debit card. Police were able to get a good description of him from VFW surveillance video, officials said. People at the VFW told the police he had been in the VFW earlier and hinted at not having a place to stay.


Man killed in NW Minnesota accident

HALLOCK, Minn. -- An Aitkin, Minn., man was killed and two others injured in a head-on collision Sunday afternoon on an icy highway in Kittson County.

The Minnesota State Patrol identified the victim as Steven Wink, 54, a passenger in a vehicle driven by Benjamin Wink, 25, Warroad, Minn.

According to the patrol, the Wink vehicle was eastbound on Minnesota Highway 11 at 2:19 p.m. when it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a westbound vehicle driven by Mark Engen, 59, Warroad. Road conditions were icy at the time, according to police.

Benjamin Wink and another passenger, Luke Wink, 23, Warroad, suffered serious injuries, the patrol said. A condition report was not available for Engen. No additional information on the injuries was immediately available.