With the White Earth Nation flag and tribal and state representatives standing behind him, Gov. Mark Dayton signed an executive order Thursday directing state agencies to develop policies to guide them when working with tribal nations.
George Jones needs more time to recover from a recent upper respiratory infection. The 80-year-old country music singer is postponing his upcoming shows on April 20 and 21 in Minnesota and South Dakota.
The State Patrol said a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by a Detroit Lakes, Minn., man was heading south near Highway 59 mile marker 296 at 3:18 p.m. when it struck a 2005 Honda Accord carrying a family of four from Fergus Falls, Minn.
Broads on Boards
• Thursday at Fire Hall: Broads on the Boards, a celebration of original women’s stories through dramatic monologue, will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Fire Hall Theatre, 412 Second Ave. N., Grand Forks. Featuring: Pat Danielson, Lana DeMars, Karen Fore, Jackie Hoffarth, Heather Jackson, Lyric Jackson, Theresa Knox. Tickets: $10 at the door.
Life in prison mandatory for charge; sentencing set for Sept. 9 A jury found Thomas Lee Fairbanks guilty of first-degree murder in the 2009 shooting of Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Dewey, bringing gasps in the courtroom as the verdict was announced.
Only 45 minutes after the jury resumed deliberations this morning in the trial of Thomas Lee Fairbanks, it asked to return to the court room to listen to a 10-minute audio recording of law enforcement officers during the 2009 standoff.
Thomas Fairbanks took the stand in his own defense in his murder trial, admitting he was responsible and no one else, for shooting Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Dewey. But he had no intent to shoot him, was drunk and on drugs and feared for his own life, Fairbanks said under questioning from his attorney, Jim Austad.
After only five jurors were seated in four days of interviews, the prosecution Friday asked the judge if they could start working longer hours next week in the preliminaries for the murder trial of Thomas Fairbanks.
The first jurors were selected today in the murder trial of Thomas Fairbanks. The two men chosen, a Crookston man and a retired Army sergeant who lives on a Polk County lake were among the dozen people interviewed Tuesday and today in the trial expected to last all month.
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