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LOWER BRULE, S.D. — One suspect was airlifted and hospitalized after a shooting incident involving law enforcement on an area Native American reservation. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is actively investigating a shooting incident that took place Thursday, April 13, on the Lower Brule Indian Reservation, according to Jeffrey Van Nest, media coordinator for the FBI Office in Minneapolis.
FARGO—Police here are investigating a recent death at a mental health hospital, a department spokesman said Wednesday, April 12. No foul play is expected in the death reported at Prairie St. John's in Fargo, but officers are investigating, Deputy Chief Joe Anderson said. Anderson said he couldn't release any other details about the death.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A Devils Lake man brought a woman to a field, threatened her with brass knuckles and a bat and told her he had already dug her grave, according to a criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County court. Ethan Jacob Longie, born in 1993, has been charged with terrorizing, a Class C felony, and theft of property, a Class A misdemeanor, based on his alleged actions on April 3.
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of 19 senators, including North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp, signed a letter pushing for continued federal funding for Essential Air Service. The program, funded through the Department of Transportation, provides affordable air travel for regional airports throughout the region. The program stands to be cut in the budget proposed by President Donald Trump.
FARGO — North Dakota's Doug Burgum has the highest approval rating of any governor in a red state, according to a poll released Tuesday, April 11. Sixty-nine percent of North Dakota voters polled by Morning Consult, a Washington, D.C., research firm, said they approve of Burgum, a Republican businessman who took office in December after winning nearly 77 percent of the vote. Overall, Burgum had the third-highest approval rating among governors. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was listed as 25th, with an approval rating of 58 percent.
FARGO -- A Fergus Falls, Minn., man faces a theft charge in Cass County District Court in Fargo after an agent with the area’s Metro Street Crimes Unit discovered $24,000 worth of stolen U.S. savings bonds in the man’s vehicle. According to court documents: The Street Crimes agent spotted an individual in a vehicle parked in the West Acres Shopping Center parking lot who he knew had an outstanding warrant.
MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — The body of a California man who was at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camps was discovered along the shoreline of the Cannonball River over the weekend, the Morton County Sheriff's Department said Monday, April 10. Authorities said Damjan Nedelkovski, 35, of Glendale, Calif., was found by a local fisherman floating near the mouth of the river about 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 9. An autopsy showed there was no trauma to the body to indicate foul play, the sheriff's department said.
GRAND FORKS -- Three men were arrested in Grand Forks this weekend on prostitution charges. Arrested in what authorities said was part of an ongoing investigation by the state Bureau of Criminal Investigations were Chad Woinarowicz, 45, of Oslo, Todd Quaintante, 52, of Grand Forks and Stephen Drewel, 44, of Grand Forks. The three were arrested on misdemeanor charges for soliciting sex from an individual.
FERGUS FALLS - No one was injured when a train derailed west of Fergus Falls early Sunday morning, officials said. The Otter Tail County Dispatch said that around 5 this morning, multiple rail cars hauling grain derailed about five to six miles west of Fergus Falls by the Fergus Falls airport on Highway 210. Officials say Otter Tail Valley Railroad was working to clean the area and to get all the cars back on the track.
DETROIT LAKES - A registered level three sex offender fled Detroit Lakes briefly Friday afternoon before authorities were able to recapture him shortly thereafter. Robert Thomas Baca, 41, fled Detroit Lakes at approximately 4:30 p.m. today, breaking his terms of release from prison. Officers responded immediately, finding him roughly 30 minutes later north of Detroit Lakes near Brandy Lake. Baca was then brought to the Becker County Jail's maximum security center.