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MOORHEAD, Minn. — A 43-year-old Moorhead man was arrested after two teens reported being beaten a shovel and brick early Monday, May 29. Police arrested Jerome Walker, who was booked into jail on suspicion of two second-degree assault charges. Officers were dispatched for an assault report at 1:39 a.m. in south Moorhead. According to a news release, officers stopped one vehicle and the occupants — including Walker — said they had been at the location of the assault. At the scene, officers found male victims ages 18 and 16.
WASHINGTON — Members of Congress representing North Dakota and Minnesota broke along partisan lines in their reactions to the report released this week forecasting the impact of a health care reform bill passed by Republicans in the U.S. House. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office report, released Wednesday, May 24, estimated that the American Health Care Act passed May 4 would leave an additional 23 million without health insurance by 2026, compared to the existing law.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A former employee of a Moorhead restaurant is accused of secretly filming women and at least one girl in the Moorhead restaurant's bathroom. Sam Thomas Hagen, 18, of Moorhead made his first appearance in Clay County District Court on Wednesday, May 24. He faces a felony charge of interfering with the privacy of a minor, as well as four misdemeanor counts of interfering with privacy.
BISMARCK — Two men were arrested after their truck was pulled over Sunday, May 21, on Interstate 94, and 59 pounds of marijuana and several plants were found inside, the North Dakota Highway Patrol reported. The driver, Hoanglong Nguyen, 30, Boston, and passenger Cuong Dao, 34, Spokane, Wash., were both arrested and jailed in the Morton County Jail in Mandan, Lt. Steven Fischer said Tuesday.
GRAND FORKS—A longtime employee of Forum Communications Co. has been named editor of the company's regional business magazine. Tom Dennis, who has been editorial page editor of the Grand Forks Herald for 20 years, will assume duties as editor of Prairie Business in the coming days. Prairie Business Publisher Korrie Wenzel announced the move to staff Wednesday. Dennis said his years with the Herald have put him in a position to closely monitor the region's business trends.
FARGO -- A Bismarck man and former deputy U.S. marshal has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to seven years in prison for his conviction on a charge of receiving images depicting the sexual exploitation of minors. Michael David Rivera, 30, will be on five years of supervised release after serving his prison sentence. According to information provided by South Dakota U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Seiler:
FARGO – Police have identified the man found dead in a north Fargo apartment Tuesday, May 16, after 911 dispatchers received a report of a suspected drug overdose. The man was identified as Marcus C. Mosley, 41, of Moorhead, the Fargo Police Department said in a news release. On Tuesday afternoon, officers were dispatched to the apartment on North Broadway to provide medical assistance, and they found Mosley unresponsive, police said.
FARGO — Former North Dakota State volleyball standout Jennifer Lopez has been named the program's interim head coach, athletic director Matt Larsen announced Wednesday, May 17. Lopez has been an assistant coach at NDSU the past two seasons. She replaces Kari Thompson, who is leaving to be the head volleyball coach at Southern Illinois.
Just what is the best state in the good ol’ U.S.? In a topic sure to fuel debate, grandiose claims and a staunch homestate pride, one study aims to set the record straight. In its Best States ranking, U.S. News and World Report used more than 60 metrics — weighted by categories like health care, education, economy and crime — to determine the best and worst states.
Wadena, Minn. — Shoppers got quite the surprise at the Wadena Wal-Mart when they noticied a deer perusing the aisles. The picture above has been circulating all over social media, and the Wadena Police Department confirms a deer did wander through the superstore. Authorities say it happened around 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, May 16. A man was able to catch the deer and wrestle it to the ground by the dog food section. After some buzz in the store, the deer was brought back outside and set free.