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REEDER, N.D. -- Two men accused of using a meat cleaver and blowtorch to injure another man, as well as firing shots at him, in Hettinger County in far southwestern North Dakota made their initial appearances in Southwest District Court on Wednesday morning. Another man is being sought in the case.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A driver found sleeping in his vehicle on Interstate 94 Friday morning, Feb. 10, led officers on a chase that topped 110 mph through Douglas and Pope counties. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office did not identify the suspect, who was arrested after his vehicle was stopped using spike strips. The chase started after a deputy responded to a report of a vehicle parked in the right lane of Interstate 94 at 6:09 a.m.
WEST FARGO – The Red River Valley Fair announced its grandstand entertainment for this summer’s festivities, which runs July 11 through 16, in West Fargo. This year’s lineup features Granger Smith, Hairball, LoCash, Shinedown and Old Dominion.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — A man facing an attempted murder charge was at large Friday night after shooting at a state trooper, kidnapping a baby and crisscrossing northeast North Dakota in multiple stolen vehicles, authorities say. The North Dakota Highway Patrol and other agencies have been looking for 23-year-old Daniel Michael Two Hearts since late Thursday.
CASSELTON, N.D.—What a milestone for the little squirrels at Central Cass school. 100 days! Time flies. But at least one student went above and beyond to celebrate. In Heather Gleave's Central Cass kindergarten room, it was all about the 100th day of school on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Even the kids even felt like royalty. "I have your crowns ready for you," Gleave said. Some kids brought 100 skittles, others 100 rocks or even bandaids. In the halls, they were shooting for 100 acts of kindness.
BISMARCK — A health care executive with a clinical, business and technology background will serve as North Dakota's next state health officer, Gov. Doug Burgum announced Wednesday, Feb. 1. Mylynn Tufte will lead the North Dakota Department of Health and serve as a member of the governor's Cabinet. Turfte, currently a health care consultant for the Chicago office of Ernst & Young LLC, a global professional services firm, brings more than 20 years of experience in the health industry, the governor's office said. She starts in the position on Feb. 27.
DAWSON, N.D. -- A 50-year-old Tappen man who authorities say fled after his pickup rolled and was struck by a semi truck on Interstate 94 was arrested near the crash site Monday, Jan. 30. James Dewey, the driver of a 2002 Ford Explorer, was transported to the Burleigh County Correctional Center after he was treated for minor injuries, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said in a news release.
BISMARCK – A bill to implement a hiring freeze for state employees received a green light Wednesday, Feb. 1, from North Dakota House lawmakers. House members voted 84-8 in favor of House Bill 1303, which would prohibit state agencies and institutions from filling vacant full-time employee positions until April 30. There can be exceptions granted to the hiring freeze if a position needs to be filled to protect the life and safety of the citizens of the state, said Rep. Mike Brandenburg, R-Edgeley.
FARGO — A Fargo man who was one of 18 men arrested last summer in a Fargo-Moorhead sting operation aimed at people who allegedly went to area hotels looking to hire minors for sex has been found guilty at trial of patronizing a minor for commercial sexual activity. Miguel A. Rodriguez DeLaCruz, who was 23 when he was arrested as part of the sting, was found guilty on Monday, Jan. 30, after a bench trial in Cass County District Court. He will be sentenced at a later time.
CASSELTON, N.D. — A report is expected to be released next week that will provide the probable cause for a major train derailment near Casselton in December 2013. The derailment triggered a massive fireball and highlighted the dangers of moving crude oil by rail. The final report on the investigation into the derailment is expected to be released when the National Transportation Safety Board meets on Tuesday, Feb. 7, according to Eric Weiss, a spokesman for the agency. The crash on Dec. 30, 2013, involved two BNSF trains about a half-mile west of Casselton.