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FARGO -- Police on Monday, Feb. 11, have identified the 68-year-old Fargo man found dead last week in a grocery store parking lot. It was the second time in two weeks a body had been found inside a vehicle outside a Fargo grocery store. The body of Roger Fjedahl, 68, of Fargo was discovered just after 9 a.m. Saturday in the Hornbacher's parking lot at 1532 32nd Ave. S. Police say they don't believe he died due to cold weather and no foul play is expected. They say the incident is still under investigation.
VERMILLION, S.D. - The University of South Dakota women’s basketball team is ranked No. 25 in Monday’s AP Top 25 women’s poll, the first Summit League program to be ranked since the 2008-09 season. According to the school, the Coyotes (22-3) are just the third Summit League team to be ranked in history, joining South Dakota State (2008-09) and Northern Illinois (1993-94). The Coyotes have beat then-No. 23 Iowa State and then-No. 22 Missouri this season. The Coyotes had received votes the first 10 weeks of the season.
No. 6 Minnesota State 3, Michigan Tech 2 (OT) For the second night in a row, the Minnesota State men’s hockey team needed a late goal to tie Michigan Tech and force overtime. On Saturday, though, the sixth-ranked Mavericks didn’t have to settle for a tie. Defenseman Connor Mackey’s goal at 1:45 of overtime gave Minnesota State a 3-2 WCHA victory as well as the championship of the Huskies’ Winter Carnival series. Read more here .
BISMARCK — A bill that would have given STEM students a break on tuition their senior year failed to garner enough votes Friday in the Senate. Senate Bill 2334, introduced by Sen. Curt Kreun, R-Grand Forks, would have created a senior year tuition waiver program for students majoring in a field of science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Students would have received their senior year tuition-free only if they remained employed in North Dakota for at least three years after graduation.
PAGE, N.D. — No one was injured when a train collided with a stuck car near Page early Friday, Feb. 8, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. A Mazda 3 became stuck in a snow bank at a railroad crossing on North Dakota Highway 38, about a half mile south of Page, the patrol said. At about 3:15 a.m., as the three occupants of the Mazda were trying to push the car off the railroad crossing, an eastbound BNSF train struck the car, the patrol said.
THOMPSON, N.D. - A would-be burglar's attempt to steal two vehicles was foiled Friday morning when both cars got stuck in a snowy driveway in the aftermath a blizzard, a the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office said. Deputies said one of the vehicles was still running when they arrived at the rural Thompson home shortly after 1 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, a news release said. The suspect allegedly tried to steal the vehicles from an attached garage, but fled on foot after they both got stuck in the driveway.
FARGO - The life and legacy of Fred Rogers, the beloved host of the popular children's TV show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," will be documented in a two-hour special Saturday night, Feb. 9, PBS said. The documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor," airs on PBS at 7 p.m.
GRAND FORKS - No charges will be filed in a June crash involving a forklift that left a Grand Forks man dead, the Grand Forks County prosecutor said Tuesday, Feb. 5. On June 18, a minivan rear-ended a forklift about a half-mile west of Thompson on Highway 15. The driver of the forklift, 61-year-old Juan Contreras, died as a result of the accident. The driver of the Chrysler Town and Country minivan, 80-year-old Marilyn Pederson of Northwood, and her passenger, 75-year-old Judith Meldahl of Decatur, Ill., were uninjured.
MITCHELL, S.D. - A Mitchell High School student was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 30, and charged with fourth-degree rape for the second time in six months. According to court documents, 18-year-old Gage Schaub had sex with a 15-year-old girl in December and again on Jan. 24, two days after he was convicted of fourth-degree rape in a separate Davison County case. Schaub reportedly also admitted to exchanging nude photos with the same girl and was additionally charged with misdemeanor sexual exploitation of a minor.
GRAND FORKS — A Fargo man pleaded guilty Monday, Feb. 4, to charges alleging he raped a woman he knew. The felony charge was reduced to a misdemeanor. Arsenio Lamare Oquinn, 29, will spend 18 months on unsupervised probation. His initial charge was a Class A felony for gross sexual imposition, which holds a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. During a change of plea hearing Friday, Feb. 1, the charge was amended to a Class A misdemeanor for sexual assault, which holds a maximum of 360 days behind bars.