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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota women’s basketball coach Lindsay Whalen has inked a partnership agreement with Bell Bank, becoming a Bell Bank “Champion.” Whalen will be featured in advertising and social media, host select customer meet-and-greet events, and provide signed merchandise for designated Bell events. Bell and Whalen will also seek opportunities to “pay it forward” through support of charitable causes.
GRAND FORKS — Grand Forks police have identified the man killed in a Saturday night crash. Witnesses told police a white sedan driven by Shaun Sabin, of Grand Forks, hit the back of a pickup while both were northbound near the 900 block of South Washington Street at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, a press release said. The pickup allegedly pulled over but the sedan continued northbound, then crossed into the southbound lane before it drifted back into the northbound lane and crashed into a signal pole near DeMers Avenue.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Auditioning to become the second straight North Dakota State quarterback to get picked in the NFL Draft, Easton Stick threw a touchdown pass in the East-West Shrine football game in Tropicana Field on Saturday, Jan. 19. The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Stick, who in his final season at NDSU guided the Bison to their seventh Football Championship Subdivision national title earlier this month, fired a 22-yard scoring pass over the middle to Arizona’s Shawn Poindexter to give the West a 21-0 lead with less than 10 minutes remaining of the third quarter.
BISMARCK — A bill in the North Dakota Legislature would require candidates to declare a party membership or run as independents in local races that are now nonpartisan. For Rep. Scott Louser, R-Minot, and other co-sponsors, their support for House Bill 1375 is a matter of transparency and making elections as easy as possible for voters.
WALHALLA, N.D. — A Walhalla man pleaded guilty Thursday, Jan. 17, to a felony charge stemming from a one-vehicle crash that flung a passenger from the car and killed him. Heinrich Penner Fehr pleaded guilty to negligent homicide. Charges of criminal vehicular homicide and driving under the influence were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. An affidavit for Penner Fehr’s arrest said he rolled his 2002 Chevrolet K-1500 at 11:45 p.m. Oct. 20, 2017, when he failed to negotiate a curve about five miles west of Walhalla.
MINNEAPOLIS — The FBI has identified the man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting on Jan. 13 at a White Lake, S.D., rest stop along Interstate 90. Officials with the FBI Minneapolis Division said Nathan Thoe, 34, of Hortonville, Wis., was fatally wounded in the shooting. The FBI said Thoe was the subject of an ongoing investigation by federal authorities and was known to be in and around the Pierre area for several months.
BISMARCK -- A Bismarck police officer who testified in support of a bill cracking down on minors riding in pickup truck beds said Friday, Jan. 18, that supporters have discovered the legislation is not needed. Sgt. Tim Bleth of the Bismarck Police Department said state law already doesn't allow minors to ride in pickup beds, although it's not spelled out specifically in code. North Dakota requires all vehicle occupants younger than 18 to be "properly restrained" throughout the car, according to the state Highway Patrol.
MANDAREE, N.D. -- A 30-year-old Alexander man has died from injuries suffered in a head-on collision early Thursday, Jan. 17, about 10 miles west of Mandaree. Bryan Ray Walker was driving a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado westbound on Bear Den Road at about 7 a.m. when it collided with another pickup that slid around a curve into his lane traveling eastbound, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. That vehicle was driven by 53-year-old Robert James Willey, who suffered minor injuries and was transported to the McKenzie County Hospital. Willey was wearing a seat belt.
BISMARCK -- A 28-year-old Bismarck man was indicted Thursday, Jan. 17, on charges of sexual acts with minor females, U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers said. Owen Cordell Smith was charged with three counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old, abusive sexual contact of a child under 12 and two counts of abusive sexual contact of a child between 12 and 16, a news release said.
MANDAREE, N.D. — A head-on collision in western North Dakota killed one driver and injured another. The North Dakota Highway Patrol reported that the crash happened about 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, about 10 miles west of Mandaree, in McKenzie County. A 53-year-old man from Watford City was driving a 2018 GMC Sierra east on Bear Den Road. While rounding a curve, the Sierra slid on the ice into an oncoming 2015 Chevrolet Silverado driven by a 30-year-old man from Alexander.