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FARGO – There are three new places to hunt and fish in Minnesota and North Dakota. The U.S. Department of the Interior plans to open more than 251,000 acres nationally to new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 30 national wildlife refuges. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke made the announcement Sept. 7, saying the move was made in an effort to increase access to public lands.
GRAND FORKS -- A man allegedly shot himself in the head and called 911 from a picnic area of a Grand Forks park Friday afternoon, Sept. 7. Officers were called to Riverside Park for a self-inflicted shooting shortly after 1:30 p.m. Grand Forks Police Sgt. Travis Benson said the man, whose name has not been released, called 911 himself. The man was still alive when police arrived and was transported to the hospital. Benson said to his knowledge no one else was around the park when the shooting occurred.
LINTON, N.D. — The superintendent of the Linton school district issued a written apology to Saturday’s football opponent after students there burned an effigy with an opposing team player’s number on it before the homecoming game against Oakes. A video shows an effigy, with the number Oakes football player, Dalton Nelson, hanging from a basketball hoop. The students then lit it on fire.
BISMARCK -- A Burleigh County resident initially thought to have measles has now tested negative for the disease, the North Dakota Department of Health said in a news release Thursday afternoon, Sept. 6. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ran a subsequent test on the sample, per protocol.
ABERDEEN, S.D. — Police say what was reported earlier as an active shooter disturbance at Sanford Medical Center was not a shooting, as investigators found no evidence of shots having been fired Thursday morning, Sept. 6. Eyewitness accounts suggested there were up to three shots fired on the second floor of the hospital in Aberdeen, but investigators say the noises people heard were likely caused by a suspect banging on something.
BISMARCK — North Dakota utility regulators will hold a public hearing in November on a proposed Cass County project that's billed as the state's first major solar array. On Wednesday, Sept. 5, the Public Service Commission set the hearing for 10 a.m. Nov. 1, according to a spokeswoman. It will be held at the Days Inn and Governors' Conference Center in Casselton. Minneapolis-based Geronimo is proposing to build the 200-megawatt Harmony Solar Project in Harmony Township 15 miles west of Fargo.
MITCHELL, S.D.—A man accused of beating a woman and throwing a 7-week-old baby on the ground was sentenced Friday to about four years and seven months in prison. Levi Sapp, 26, of Mitchell, was arrested on March 30 after police were alerted that there had been a domestic disturbance.
FARGO — A former Fargo day care provider is facing a felony count of child neglect after authorities reportedly found her slurring her words and intoxicated while caring for nine children. According to court documents, Fargo police and members of Cass County Social Services visited the home of Richelle Ulmer on July 27 after receiving a report that she was intoxicated while watching children at her in-home day care.
BISMARCK — A group opposing North Dakota's recreational marijuana ballot measure will launch Thursday, Sept. 6. A media advisory sent by a Greater North Dakota Chamber staffer announced news conferences will be held in Fargo and Bismarck Thursday. It wasn't immediately clear which groups will make up the "coalition of concerned organizations and North Dakotans," dubbed North Dakotans Against Legalization of Recreational Marijuana.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- A Dickinson man was arrested on Friday, Aug. 31, after police say he allegedly pushed a woman from a moving vehicle along a business loop of Interstate 94. According to Dickinson Police Capt. David Wilkie, officers responded to the 900 block of I-94 Business Loop W. at approximately 5:30 p.m. after receiving notification from CHI St. Alexius Hospital of an incident involving a person being pushed from a moving vehicle.