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WEST FARGO — Leaking hot sauce and soy sauce combined with cleaning materials to create a suspicious goop that caused some tense moments early Friday, Oct. 14, at a U.S. Postal Service sorting facility in West Fargo. Emergency crews were called to the building in the 1900 block of Fourth Avenue Northwest about 1 a.m. after workers noticed fumes and identified packages that appeared to be leaking substances, said Dell Sprecher, West Fargo's fire marshal.
SUPERIOR, Wis.—Police were called to a gas station in Superior late Tuesday, Oct. 11, after a report of a clown sighting. A Krist Gas Station clerk reported seeing a person in a clown outfit across East Second Street, according to a report by Officer Jeffrey Darst. At the time, the clerk saw the clown, a juvenile male came in to buy a cigar but was turned away because he had no ID. The customer mentioned to the clerk that he'd seen the clown, too.
ST. THOMAS, N.D. — A sugar beet truck took down several power lines and poles early Thursday morning near St. Thomas, causing an outage for most of the city’s residents...
BISMARCK — Kirkwood Mall will no longer open its common area stores on Thanksgiving Day joining a long list of malls that will be closed. The Mall of America in...
WEST FARGO, N.D.—A Libertarian candidate for North Dakota Insurance Commissioner has been in a battle of words on the Internet over his comments on rape and women stripping. In one comment, Nick Bata of West Fargo wrote "Make America Rape" again. In started off with his post about sexual consent on Sept. 30 and quickly spiraled into an all-out battle of the keyboards with rape and stripping getting thrown into the conversation.
BAGLEY, Minn. — Two activists who tampered with Enbridge pipeline valves in solidarity with Dakota Access Pipeline opponents have been charged with felonies in Minnesota's Clearwater County. Emily Johnston, 50, Seattle, and Annette Marie Klapstein, 64, Bainbridge Island, Wash., were each charged Wednesday, Oct. 12, with two felony counts related to criminal damage to property of critical public utilities and two gross misdemeanor charges of trespassing.
MINOT, N.D.—A fight between two men in a taxi cab on the way from a Minot bar to a motel has resulted in felony terrorizing charges. Minot police said Wednesday that Shane Walter, 27, of Minot, was arrested and charged after police were called to the Comfort Inn for a report of a fight Sunday at 1:05 a.m. It was determined the fight was in the taxi cab, police said, where Walter pulled a knife and threatened a 26-year-old Minot man, saying he was going to kill him. There were minor injuries in the fight, but the knife was not used, police said.
DEVILS LAKE—Federal inmates will return to the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center, a turning point for the Devils Lake jail that has seen several escape attempts. The U.S. Marshals Service visited the LEC last week to review the facility's security, LEC Director Rob Johnson said Wednesday. Several conversations need to take place within the agency, but once the loose ends are tied up, federal inmates could return to the facility within three weeks, Johnson said. "They were happy with the progress we made," he said.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Agriculture has opened a hotline for farmers and ranchers affected by protests of the four-state Dakota Access Pipeline. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said farmers and ranchers near the protest area who urgently need help finishing seasonal work before winter should call the Farm/Ranch Emergency Assistance Hotline at (701) 425-8454. He also appealed to local truckers and custom silage-chopping services to contact the hotline if they're able to provide services.