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FARGO—Fargo police want the public to know that if they see a suspicious clown motoring around the area, it's likely nothing to worry about. Officer Jessica Schindeldecker sent this message over an online application called "Nextdoor," which alerts communities to things happening in their neighborhood. "We have identified the driver dressed as a clown driving around town and have confirmed the individual works as a clown and is driving to and from events in full costume. Thank you for sharing your concerns and reporting suspicious activity."
BURNSVILLE, Minn. — Bradly Gerten, a candidate for the Minnesota House, pushed his wife to the floor and choked her son to the point that he felt he would black out, prosecutors say. Gerten, a Republican from Burnsville, was charged Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Dakota County District Court with felony domestic assault by strangulation and misdemeanor domestic assault.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — The Douglas County Hospital is expanding once again. This time, the expansion — at a cost of about $15 million — will take place within the hospital's surgery center. Groundbreaking on the project took place last Friday, Sept. 30.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — Police officers saved a man this past weekend from drowning after his vehicle was nearly submerged in water. Officers responded early Sunday, Oct. 2, to a report of a vehicle sliding off Polk County Road 19 about 4 miles east of East Grand Forks, according to a news release. The victim told police his vehicle hit a mud slick before landing in a coulee, East Grand Forks Police Det. Tony Hart said. The unidentified man had been driving to work when he lost control of his vehicle, Hart said. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
KEENE, N.D. – A piping failure caused about 425 barrels, or 17,850 gallons, of saltwater and five barrels, or 210 gallons, of oil to spill at a saltwater disposal well...
MINOT, N.D. — A Minot man who allegedly fired gunshots in southwest Minot and fled from the scene was caught by police late Saturday night. Police said Sunday that at...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Longtime regional sportscasting legend Jim Adelson died about 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the age of 91, in Scottsdale, his son Steve Adelson confirmed Saturday, Oct...
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Though the Upper Midwest—and North Dakota especially—is now home to an abundance of agricultural products, few of the major crops grown commercially here actually originated in North American soil. Before European settlement, much of the region's landscape was typical to the plains and prairie. Tall grasses dominated the ecosystem while trees rose up near rivers, lakes and other surface waters before giving way to forests farther east.
ST. PAUL - Bernie Sanders returns to Minnesota Tuesday, Oct. 4, for the first time since he won the state's Democratic presidential precinct caucus vote in March. He will be in Minneapolis and Duluth to support Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in "stronger together" rallies.
GRAND FORKS — Kathy Klath had spent 18 years in the insurance and investments industry before she decided to open her own business. Now more than a year into owning Mainstream Boutique near the Columbia Mall in Grand Forks, Klath cited her father's entrepreneurial spirit as one of her inspirations. "I feel like it was kind of in my blood," she said. Klath is among a growing number of women who own their own businesses in North Dakota and across the country.