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EAGAN, Minn. -- According to Pro Football Focus, the Vikings have the NFL’s top-ranked safety. But his name is not Harrison Smith. Smith has been rated No. 1 at times in recent seasons, but the top guy in the league now, according to the analytics site, is Anthony Harris.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A coyote took a small dog from a home on the northwest outskirts of Sioux Falls over the weekend causing the city’s animal control department to start several measures to trap or haze the predator. Julie DeJong, animal control supervisor for the city, said the dog was taken by the coyote about 6:15 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.
MINOT, ND. -- A daylong incident and standoff where a 37-year-old Minot man “attacked” a police robot ended about 4 p.m. in the southwest part of the city after a struggle with police officers. Minot police said Blake Lund was taken into custody and faces numerous charges. The incident started about 7:15 a.m. when police received a report of a man in the middle of a street yelling.
SIOUX FALLS -- A woman who tried to shoplift a box of frozen chicken from a convenience store in west Sioux Falls Friday morning, Nov. 9, stabbed an employee when she was confronted outside the store, according to city police. About 8 a.m., police said the transient, Chaely Raye Escamilla, 21, stabbed the employee in the shoulder after he took back the chicken. The worker was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released.
FARGO — The recreational marijuana ballot measure in North Dakota went up in smoke on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with voters soundly rejecting the idea.
PIERRE, S.D. — Five central South Dakota women have been found guilty in a jury trial of conspiracy to retaliate against a witness. The federal jury convicted the five women in a four-day trial in Pierre that ended last Friday night, Nov. 2. They all face up to 10 years in prison.
LANGDON, N.D. -- Cavalier County officials said a 5-year-old boy was airlifted to Fargo Monday morning, Nov. 5, after he was hit by a car on his way to school. As of Monday afternoon, Chief Deputy Paul Podhradsky from the Cavalier County Sheriff's Department said the boy was still in Fargo. Podhrasky added there were no serious reported injuries at this time but the boy was flown to Fargo as a precaution.
BRADLEY, S.D. -- A 47-year-old pilot from Webster died in a crash just about 20 miles south of his northeast South Dakota home on Friday, Nov. 2. Clark County Sheriff Robert McGraw said John Shoemaker died about noon when his Cessna 210 hit an embankment on an elevated township road about 3 miles northwest of the small town of Bradley. Bradley is about 22 miles south of Webster and 33 miles northwest of Watertown.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Sometime on Wednesday night, Oct. 31, someone put up posters around the Concordia College campus here carrying the words: "IT'S OKAY TO BE WHITE." The college heard from individuals and campus organizations upset with the postings, and the signs were quickly taken down. College officials also issued a media statement, which reads: "On the evening of Oct. 31 campus security responded to the posting of unauthorized materials on campus. Similar posters appeared on campus last year on Oct. 31.
BISMARCK -- A man previously convicted of crimes related to sex trafficking in North Dakota was arrested again in Bismarck this week and charged with conspiracy to deliver heroin. Levell Lee Durr, 36, of Milwaukee, is accused in Burleigh County District Court of bringing an ounce of heroin to sell in North Dakota and directing a woman to conceal the drugs in a condom inside her underwear, court records say.