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A Barnes County prosecutor has decided there’s not enough evidence to pursue criminal charges against a driver whose pickup truck fatally struck a 92-year-old woman in a Valley City crosswalk. State’s Attorney Carl Martineck said Tuesday that investigators ruled out cellphone use, speed, alcohol and drugs as factors in the crash. “Based on the information that I had, it just looked to be a tragic accident,” Martineck said. Phone records showed that the 32-year-old driver, Robert Mittleider, used his phone about 20 minutes before the crash and again over an hour afterward but not at the time of the crash, according to an email Martineck sent the Valley City Police Department on Sept. 8.
Increasing numbers of North Dakotans are making tough choices about whether to spend money on food or on other necessities, according to a study released Thursday by the Great Plains Food Bank in Fargo. “As we reviewed the study results, one of the things that really struck us was how truly desperate the situation is for so many of those we serve,” said Steve Sellent, director of the food bank. “Too many must still make the agonizing choice between buying food and paying for utilities, rent or medicine.”
At a standing-room-only meeting Wednesday in the chambers of the Moorhead City Council, Gov. Mark Dayton listened to the concerns of local leaders and residents about the metro area’s proposed flood diversion project. Heidi Durand, a Moorhead council member, told the governor that in the planning of the diversion, Minnesota’s views are not being heard. And the project is moving forward before the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has completed its environmental review of the project, she said, referring to construction that’s begun on a ring levee around the North Dakota communities of Oxbow, Bakke and Hickson.
Three years ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finished a feasibility study and environmental review of the proposed Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project. Completing the exhaustive, nearly 600-page review was a huge step toward construction of the 36-mile flood channel. A similarly significant hurdle that remains is an environmental review by Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources. A draft isn’t expected until May, but a DNR report issued in February offers a window onto the specific issues the review will explore. The report, known as the final scoping decision, said the DNR will weigh “the environmental and socioeconomic merits” of three alternatives to the $1.8 billion project that would divert floodwater around the metro area and also retain water across 32,000 acres in a so-called staging area.
The mother of a North Dakota State College of Science student who disappeared from the school’s Wahpeton campus just before he was to graduate last spring believes her son was murdered.
ST. PAUL – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is urging the federal government to stop its work on Fargo-Moorhead’s flood diversion plan, including any approval of funding, until Minnesota can complete...
Butras Kia Ako spent his life in Tel Isqof, a Christian town in northern Iraq where villagers converse in Aramaic, the same language Jesus spoke. Ako worked for an oil company and lived in a small house. He loved one woman, but her mother would not allow the marriage. His love was so strong, he couldn’t move on. “If I don’t marry her, I never marry,” he was remembered as saying. And so, he was a lifelong bachelor. In his old age, he lived alone, but a relative would regularly stop by to care for him, said his niece, Nedaa Kia, who lives in Moorhead.
A 26-year-old man accused of texting while driving was charged Wednesday with felony manslaughter in a Traill County crash that killed a bicyclist in June.
FARGO – The sight of police with military-style rifles and camouflage fatigues trying to control crowds of angry protesters in Ferguson, Mo., raises the question: How would police in the...
To dismantle a drug-dealing operation, authorities across the country have the power to take ownership of cash and guns linked to illegal activity. But this crime-fighting tactic, known as civil-asset forfeiture, is often used in Minnesota and other states for the more mundane purpose of confiscating the cars of repeat drunken drivers.