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BURLINGTON, N.D. -- A farmer in Ward County in north-central North Dakota died Friday, Nov. 16, in an apparent farm accident. The county sheriff’s department said they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident and that an autopsy would be performed by the state examiner’s office.
DORAN, Minn. -- A 20-year-old Breckenridge man was killed when he lost control of his vehicle and struck the side of a train south of Doran early Thursday, Nov. 15. The Minnesota State Patrol said a southbound Suburban was traveling on Highway 9 and went off the road, striking the side of a southbound train. The man's name has not yet been released. The collision occurred at around 8:50 a.m. The crash scene was about 10 miles southeast of Wahpeton, N.D. and Breckenridge.
STANLEY, N.D. - The North Dakota Highway Patrol on Thursday released the name of a 26-year-old Parshall man who was killed after his pickup collided with a semi-trailer on Tuesday, Nov. 13 on Highway 2 in western North Dakota. David Sopher was driving a westbound 2001 Silverado when it struck the right rear of the trailer, sending the pickup into a ditch, the patrol said. Sopher, who was not wearing a seat belt, died at the scene. The semi-truck driver, 43-year-old Dwayne Reynolds of Kansas City, Mo., was not injured. He was wearing a seat belt.
BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- A newly elected member of the Minnesota House has announced that he is going to work on the ban of conversion therapy for gay people. State Rep.-elect Hunter Cantrell said it would make Minnesota the 15th state to institute the ban. Cantrell, who will represent the Twin Cities suburbs of Savage and Burnsville, said he will be the only openly gay person in the House starting in January.
BISMARCK -- Low-income and disabled North Dakotans on the state’s Medicaid program will have improved access to addiction and mental health services under changes made by the state Department of Health. Working on regulations for improving access took over a year, said department officials.
STANLEY, N.D. - A 26-year-old Parshall man is dead after the pickup he was driving collided with a semi-trailer on Tuesday on Highway 2 in western North Dakota. A 2001 Silverado was westbound on Nov. 13 when it struck the right rear of the trailer, sending the pickup into a ditch, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The driver died at the scene, the patrol said. The semi-truck driver, a 43-year-old Missouri man, was not injured. The crash happened about 7:40 p.m. in Stanley.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Attorney General’s office is warning consumers to be aware of phony “look-alike” charities. The Consumer Protection division recently received a judgment against several phony charities operating in the state.
AUDUBON, Minn. -- Law enforcement officers were on the scene late into the night on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the scene of a shooting at a home in the small town of Audubon in northwest Minnesota in the afternoon. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was with the Becker County Sheriff’s Department investigating the scene where one person was reportedly shot and another was arrested and taken into custody.
FARGO — Stephanie J. Knuttila pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Cass County District Court to one count of theft by deception for stealing more than $50,000 from the company she worked for in West Fargo. Based on a recommendation from prosecutors, Judge Susan Bailey imposed no jail time, but placed Knuttila on supervised probation for five years and ordered her to pay restitution of about $82,000.
FARGO — A West Fargo man pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court on Tuesday, Nov. 13, to a felony charge of negligent homicide in connection with the death of an 8-month-old child in a bathtub in March. Spencer Warren Foner, who was 27 when he was charged last spring, was originally charged with manslaughter and child neglect. On Tuesday, the child neglect charge was dropped and the manslaughter charge was amended to negligent homicide.