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FARGO — Motor carrier trooper Rod Torgeson of Minot has been honored by the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association as its Trooper of the Year. “This award is a reflection of the trucking industry’s partnership with the North Dakota Highway Patrol to keep our roads safe,” said Arik Spencer, executive vice president of the NDMCA. Torgeson has been employed with the NDHP since 2004. Other nominees for the award included troopers Brandon Wade, Brian Mehlhoff, Jed Dahnke, Jeffrey Bauske, Jonathan Skalicky and Travis Nelson.
HAWLEY, Minn. — A Fargo woman was in the Clay County Jail Thursday morning, May 26, after she was arrested by Hawley police Wednesday night on suspicion of having fired a gun near the Hawley Elementary School. A custodian working at the school Wednesday evening called authorities after finding a woman sitting in his car parked near the school who was making delusional statements, according to a report from Hawley police.
GRAND FORKS—The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has agreed to establish a five-day-a-week Vet Center in Grand Forks on a six-month trial basis, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said Wednesday. The VA is working to locate an operating space, according to a news release, but it's unclear exactly when the extended operations will begin.
FARGO—Members of local law enforcement from the U.S. and Canada were recognized with an "Outstanding Cooperative Effort" award Tuesday at the U.S. District Court for their teamwork in an international investigation into drug trafficking linked to Grand Forks.
BISMARCK — The Hillary Clinton campaign announced the endorsement of former high-ranking public officials from North Dakota on Monday — just days after her husband stumped for her candidacy in Fargo and just a few weeks before the state’s Democratic caucus-goers make their voices heard. Former Democratic Gov. George Sinner and his wife, Jane Sinner, announced their support for the former first lady. They were joined by former U.S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy, former U.S. Sens. Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad and former U.S. Attorney to North Dakota Tim Purdon.
ST. PAUL — The number of people killed by fires in Minnesota last year were up nearly 30 percent from 2014 figures, a state Department of Public Safety release said. Fifty-seven people died in fires in Minnesota in 2015, the highest total since 2002, according to numbers released by the State Fire Marshal Division. According to the release, the top cause of fatal fires last year was careless smoking, which killed nine people. Unattended cooking (four deaths), suicide (three) and arson (two) also claimed multiple lives, while the cause 24 fire deaths went undetermined.
BISMARCK — Agencies will be conducting a statewide test of the North Dakota AMBER Alert system Wednesday afternoon. The Department of Emergency Services and the Highway Patrol said all components of the system — including text and smartphone notifications, along with television and radio announcements, posts on government websites and messages on electronic roadside signs — will be tested between 2 and 3 p.m. CDT. To receive text notifications of AMBER Alerts in your area, register at www.wirelessamberalerts.org .
WEST FARGO, N.D. — Cheney Middle School was evacuated for about 45 minutes Monday after a the school received a bomb threat by automated telephone call, a West Fargo School District official said. “When we answered the phone, it was very apparent it was an automated voice. It wasn’t a true individual on the other end of the phone,” district spokeswoman Heather Konschak said. Law enforcement officials said the call could have been part of a raft of hoax calls around the nation, she said.
MINOT — One man was arrested and another treated for injuries after sneaking into a Minot zoo and being bitten by a bear. The Minot Police Department was sent to the Trinity Hospital emergency room to investigate a patient who claimed he was attacked by a bear. Reports indicate that David Shepard, 21, and Cody Kage, 23, climbed the fence surrounding the Roosevelt Park Zoo. Shepard tried to get one of the bears to come near him by sticking his right arm through the bars of the bear enclosure. The bear then bit Shepard’s right hand.
MELROSE, Minn. -- Investigators are offering a reward of up to $7,500 for information leading to the arrest of suspected arsonists in the March burning of a Melrose church. The fire at the Church of St. Mary in Melrose was started in the afternoon of March 11 by incendiary devices, according to a press release from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Fire investigators place the damage to the west side of the church at more than $5 million, the release said. The church was built in 1898 and is on the U.S. National Register of Historic PLaces.