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FARGO — A federal jury has convicted a 56-year-old Fargo man of sending threatening emails to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., according to the office of U.S. Attorney Chris Myers. After a four-day trial, Kevin Lee Olson was found guilty Friday, Dec. 15, of making threatening interstate communications. His sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Friday, Dec. 15, he has approved the petition format for a ballot measure seeking the full legalization of marijuana. The sponsoring committee pushing the proposal will need to gather at least 13,452 qualified signatures by July 9 to place the measure on the general election ballot next November.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem clarified aspects of the state's new permitless carry law Thursday, Dec. 14. The so-called "constitutional carry" law, which the Republican-controlled Legislature passed this year, allows those who meet the law's requirements to store a loaded gun in a vehicle, Stenehjem said in an opinion requested by four lawmakers. But proper identification must be revealed to law enforcement during a traffic stop or other in-person contact, he said.
A Mandan Republican will run for secretary of state, challenging an incumbent that has held the office for more than two decades. Will Gardner announced Wednesday morning via Facebook he would run for the office that has been held by Republican Secretary of State Al Jaeger since 1993. Gardner is a GOP chairman of the District 34 in Mandan. "What I would like to do is bring us to the 21st century," he said in the video. "Government's role is to remove the roadblocks of the processes and the procedures and paperwork of bureaucracies."
A Grand Forks man is facing multiple felony charges after authorities say he threatened, assaulted and spit on police officers after being upset about having to take a urine test at a homeless shelter Tuesday. Jeffrey Allen Shulzitski, 52, has been charged with four Class C felony charges: terrorizing, simple assault on an officer, preventing arrest and contacting law enforcement with bodily fluids. He also faces misdemeanor counts of simple assault and disorderly conduct.
WAHPETON, N.D. – A student at the North Dakota State College of Science has died, but campus officials have not yet released the student’s name. “It is with great sadness that we inform the College community of the untimely death of a student at NDSCS in Wahpeton,” Barbara Spaeth-Baum, a college spokeswoman, said in a statement released to the public on Tuesday, Dec. 12. “The name of the student is being withheld pending notification of family members.”
FARGO — The trial of William Henry Hoehn, one of two suspects charged in the killing of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind and abduction of her child, has been scheduled to begin March 20 in Cass County District Court. Hoehn, 32, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping of a child, and providing false information to law enforcement. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is being held in Cass County Jail.
BISMARCK—Homelessness increased in North Dakota this year, according to new federal estimates released Wednesday, Dec. 6. On a single night in January, state and local planning agencies in North Dakota reported 1,089 people were homeless, an 18 percent jump from 2016, according the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Although most were found in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs, 331 people were unsheltered.
CASS LAKE, Minn. - A woman hiking in the Chippewa National Forest in north central Minnesota Saturday, Dec. 2 captured a rare sighting of a Canada lynx. Linda Palcich saw the lynx in the Sugar Bush area of the forest and submitted the photo to the Bemidji Pioneer. According the the Pioneer, Palcich took the photo around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2.
FARGO—A Fargo elementary school teacher has been put on leave after being accused of bullying her students. Following an investigation, Andrea Deschamp was removed from the classroom and put on administrative leave. Fargo Public Schools declined an on-camera interview, but gave this statement: "The teacher will not be returning to the classroom at Lewis & Clark Elementary School. The district continues to work with the teacher on the reported concerns."