Two groups of residents in Fergus Falls, Minn., are at odds over an ordinance requiring voters to approve projects that would raise their taxes. In turn, it’s spurred a lawsuit against the city and stalled a referendum slated for next month. The ordeal started in December by a group upset with what they felt was a lack of public input on big-ticket city projects.
A Bottineau, N.D., man convicted of child sex crimes has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison. Acting U.S. Attorney Lynn Jordheim said the 15 years is a mandatory minimum sentence. Darren Henry, 34, will be on supervised release for five years after the prison term.
Bemidji is the Minnesota city with the third-highest peak in unemployment, at more than 17 percent. Getting a read on Bemidji’s economy depends on where you look these days. You can find both ongoing struggle and, believe it or not, boom times. It’s a tale of two economies.
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