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WAHPETON, N.D. – Authorities have identified an 84-year-old woman who was killed and two people who were injured in a home explosion Saturday, Aug. 4, west of Wahpeton. Mavis Onchuck, of Wahpeton, was killed in the blast, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Office. Cole Defries, 22, and Danielle Faller, 25, both of Wahpeton, were injured and were taken to a hospital where they were treated and released, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. The explosion occurred about 9:40 a.m. when the three people were in the home.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's fall duck flight is expected to be up 12 percent from last year, based on observations from the annual mid-July waterfowl production survey, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department reported Monday, Aug. 6. This year's duck brood index was up 37 percent from last year and showed 5.11 broods per square mile, an increase of 39 percent. Average brood size is unchanged at 6.76 ducklings per brood.
BISMARCK — A couple of key deadlines are coming up this week, for hunters in North Dakota. Wednesday, Aug. 8, is the deadline to apply for pronghorn licenses, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department said Monday. A total of 1,075 licenses are available in 10 open units: 1A, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4C, 5A, 6A and 7A. All licenses are valid for any pronghorn.
WAHPETON, N.D. -- One person is dead and two more are in the hospital after a home explosion in rural Wahpeton Saturday morning, Aug. 4. According to the Richland County Sheriff's Office, the explosion occurred around 9:40 a.m. when three people were inside the home. The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the explosion. The condition of the two injured people is unknown.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Health is reminding parents to get their children up-to-date with school-required immunizations before school begins. Immunization requirements in North Dakota have changed with the 2018-2019 school year. Two doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) will be required for students entering grades 11 and 12 this fall. According to the NDDoH, as of July 1 only 40 percent of North Dakota 16 and 17-year-olds have had the second dose of MCV4. This leaves a lot of students still unprotected.
MOORHEAD, Minn. - A 20-year veteran of the Moorhead Police Department is in jail and is being charged with driving under the influence. According to the Moorhead Police Department, around 7 p.m. Thursday night, August 2, someone called police when they saw a drunk man getting into his car outside Mick's Office Bar in Moorhead. Police ran the plates and learned that is was the personal vehicle of Sergeant Thad Stafford. They tracked him down and pulled him over on the 200 block of 33rd St S.
FARGO – The brother of a Fargo woman charged with embezzling more than $80,000 is now charged with accepting stolen money. Court records filed Thursday, Aug. 2, show Michael Rollins Milbrett, Fargo, faces a Class B felony charge of conspiracy to commit theft of property in Cass County District Court. A warrant for his arrest was issued the same day. Milbrett’s sister, Stephanie Jo Knuttila, was charged in July with theft. She is accused of taking more than $80,000 between June 2016 and February 2018 from GMR Transport, the company she worked for.
FARGO – A statue of the Virgin Mary at a Fargo church was decapitated earlier this week, the apparent work of vandalism. “That (statue) is all concrete, so it seems intentional. Everyone’s upset,” said Deidra Lies, church office manager for St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. Lies said the statue was a memorial that a parishioner set up about two years ago in memory of her husband. Lies said discussion is underway to determine whether the statue can be repaired, though she added that some believe there may be no hope for an effective repair.
BISMARCK – The Assyrian Muslim Cemetery near Ross in northwestern North Dakota has been listed on National Register of Historic Places. The cemetery is the site of the first mosque in the nation and was the only Muslim cemetery in the state for 90 years, the North Dakota State Historical Society said in its news release Wednesday, Aug. 1. The National Register of Historic Places is the federal government’s list of properties it considers worthy of preservation and recognition.
KILLDEER, N.D. -- Authorities have identified the motorcyclist who was killed Sunday night while riding on Highway 22 west of Killdeer in western North Dakota. Gregory Lehto, 25, of Wheatland, Wyo., was operating a southbound 2006 Suzuki when it left the roadway on a curve and went into the west ditch about 7:55 p.m. Lehto was thrown from the motorcycle and was pronounced dead at the scene.