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GRAND FORKS -- Grand Forks police said a rash of counterfeit cash is making the rounds at local businesses. The department posted a photo of the bills on Facebook and circled the biggest clue that the money is fake -- “Motion Picture Use Only” is stamped across the back and in the top right corner on the front. Police Lt. Derik Zimmel said there are variations of the bills and others may have Chinese symbols printed on them. The bills are about the same size as real money, he said, but likely feel different.
GRAND FORKS - North Dakota ranks third in the country for states with the most impaired-driving deaths per capita, studies show. Half of the state’s 113 motor vehicle deaths in 2016 involved alcohol, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report. The national average is 28 percent. A national organization, Safewise, is aiming to reduce the number of drinking and driving fatalities and is offering free gift cards to Lyft users in North Dakota.
FARGO — A West Fargo father accused of injuring his 3-month-old son has been sentenced to five months behind bars and two years of supervised probation. Aaron Kempfer pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court to a felony count of child abuse in May. On Monday, Aug. 27, a judge sentenced Kempfer, giving him credit for having already spent 118 days in jail. He must also pay about $690 in restitution.
FARGO — "PBS NewsHour" anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff will be in Prairie Public's downtown Fargo studio to moderate a debate between North Dakota's U.S. Senate candidates. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., will debate at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, and Prairie Public will broadcast it live on its radio, television and online network. Woodruff will co-moderate the debate with Prairie Public's election coverage producer Matt Olien.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has directed United States and North Dakota flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of U.S. Sen. John McCain, who passed away Saturday at his home in Arizona. He was 81. Flags are to be flown at half-staff at all public buildings, grounds and facilities in North Dakota from now until sunset Sunday, Sept. 2. Individuals, schools and businesses also are encouraged to lower flags to half-staff.
BISMARCK — A northeast North Dakota woman has died after falling ill to a rare disease that's spread by infected rodent droppings, urine and saliva, the state Department of Health said Monday, Aug. 27. The unidentified adult woman fell ill to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. People can be exposed to HPS by breathing air that's contaminated with the virus when fresh rodent droppings, urine or nesting materials are disturbed, but it's not transmitted from person to person.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Kyle Stern received the 2018 Peace Officer of the Year award, given out annually by the North Dakota Peace Officers Association, according to a patrol news release. Stern has been with the patrol since 2002 and is stationed in Hillsboro. He was named Trooper of the Year in 2010 by the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association. The Safe Communities Coalition of the Red River Valley lauded him in 2011 for his efforts in enforcing child passenger safety laws.
FARGO — Garlee Sumo was 19 years old when he was charged earlier this year with a Class AA felony count of gross sexual imposition, a charge that carries a minimum mandatory sentence of 20 years in prison. Now, that charge, along with the case itself, has gone away after a judge ruled halfway through Sumo's jury trial this week that evidence presented by the prosecution did not support the charge that the Fargo man faced and an order of acquittal was filed.
FARGO — A group of officials is working on a proposal for Fargo to become the new home of two U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies. Moving the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture offices from Washington, D.C., to Fargo is seen as a potential economic boon for the area.