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DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Any local business owner will tell you good customer service is the key to getting customers back in the door. But even though the service is good, that doesn't always mean the customers are. After being accused of killing his girlfriend in a Crookston, Minn., apartment, a man skipped town, making a pitstop at Central Minnesota Motors in Detroit Lakes around 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 3.
A group of motorcyclists ride away from Blackduck (Minn.) Evangelical Free Church on Friday afternoon, May 5, after a funeral service for Tanner Beighley. Beighley, formerly of Bemidji, was killed Sunday, April 30, after the motorcycle he was driving collided with a car at 45th Street South and Interstate 94 in Fargo, N.D. Members of 701 Cycles, a group of riders from the Fargo area, served as honorary bearers for the service.
FARGO – State election law doesn’t prevent an attempt to force a recall vote to remove Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn from office, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem ruled in an opinion Friday, May 5. Stenehjem wrote the opinion at the request of Fargo City Attorney Erik Johnson, who asked the attorney general if the timing of recall efforts against Piepkorn were in line with state law.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A 48-year-old Crookston woman died of asphyxia by strangulation in a homicide, according to preliminary results of an autopsy released by the Crookston Police Department Friday. Tawnja Rene Wallace was found dead in her apartment at 104 S. Broadway Wednesday morning.
MEDORA, N.D. — A new National Park Service report shows that visitors spent more than $49.5 million visiting communities near North Dakota national parks in in 2016. Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Fort Union Post National Historic Site and Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site had 793,383 visitors last year. "The North Dakota national parks tell meaningful stories and protect cherished resources, and they are a significant driver in the state's tourism economy," said North Dakota Group Superintendent Wendy Ross.
BISMARCK — Department of Transportation Director Grant Levi is retiring at the end of the month, a release from Gov. Doug Burgum’s office said Friday, May 5. Levi was appointed director in 2013, but started with NDDOT in 1980.
An escapee from the state hospital in Arizona, has been captured in Dickinson 37-year old Randy Layton bolted from his "off-site" treatment in Phoenix April 29th. Authorities say he cut off his GPS monitor as well. He was arrested with his accomplice, in Dickinson. He was in the state hospital because he's been deemed a sexually violent person.
FARGO—The Gander Mountain store in Fargo appears to be closing, but Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis says that the store "will stay open." Several new signs were up on the sporting goods store on Thursday, May 4. Signs in the front windows said "everything must go," while a large banner on the north side of the building that opened in 2004 said "going out of business." Lemonis, who has been actively responding to worried customers about store closings via Twitter, responded to a reporter's tweet reiterating that the store will stay open.
MADISON, S.D — A man who officials say shot a McCook County Sheriff’s deputy in the arm has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, and additional felonies. Matthew James Rumbolz, 37, of Montrose, was involved in a pursuit, gunfire exchange with law enforcement and standoff that lasted multiple hours Wednesday in neighboring southern Lake County in eastern South Dakota, according to the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office.
BEMIDJI, Minn. —The driver who law enforcement say ran a stop sign and hit a school bus Wednesday morning—injuring multiple elementary school-aged children—has been identified as well as the bus driver..