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Bethany Wesley, Published June 10 2009

Arson suspected in town hall fire near Bagley, Minn.

BAGLEY, Minn. - Arson is suspected in a fire that destroyed the North LaPrairie Town Hall south of here Tuesday morning.

According to a news release from the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office:

The fire was reported shortly after 5 a.m., and the Sheriff’s Office, Bagley Fire Department, Clearwater Ambulance and State Fire Marshal’s office responded to the call.

The wooden structure was a complete loss.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but natural causes have been ruled out. Additionally, law enforcement is investigating a burglary that occurred in the area near the North LaPrairie Town Hall.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact the Arson Tip Line at (800) 723-2020 or the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office at (219) 694-6226.

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