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You'll catch quite a show if you keep your eyes on the sky overnight. First off, there's a lunar eclipse taking place Friday evening. That's when the moon appears darkened because it passes into Earth's shadow. The eclipse only partial but should be easily visible. It'll be most obvious about 6:45 p.m. and will be over shortly before 9 p.m. If you stick it out, you can watch a comet zip past early Saturday morning. Comet 45-P will pass within 8 million miles of our planet, traveling 14.2 miles per second.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A driver found sleeping in his vehicle on Interstate 94 Friday morning, Feb. 10, led officers on a chase that topped 110 mph through Douglas and Pope counties. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office did not identify the suspect, who was arrested after his vehicle was stopped using spike strips. The chase started after a deputy responded to a report of a vehicle parked in the right lane of Interstate 94 at 6:09 a.m.
Amtrak’s Empire Builder route was expected to re-open in Montana on Friday after storms closed the line in the Marias Pass area. A westbound train departing Chicago on Friday was expected to reach Seattle and Portland stations, Amtrak said in a news release.
MINNEAPOLIS — In response to executive orders by President Donald Trump, the City of Minneapolis will form a “sanctuary city” task force to study ways to protect undocumented immigrants, Muslims and other groups targeted by the White House. Calling Trump’s travel ban and other orders “a violation of the United States Constitution,” the Minneapolis City Council also unanimously voted Friday, Feb. 10, to condemn the president’s order as “an open act of discrimination against Muslims.”
BRAINERD, Minn. -- The distribution of condoms through Crow Wing County Community Services was halted in January, after county officials learned it was occurring in the first place. County Administrator Tim Houle said there is no policy supported by county board authorization that allowed employees of community services to distribute condoms.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum reappointed Kathleen Neset to the State Board of Higher Education Thursday, Feb. 9. Neset, a geologist and president of Neset Consulting, was first appointed to the board in June 2012. She applied for a second four-year term and was among three finalists chosen by a nominating committee to be interviewed, according to a news release. The state Senate must confirm her appointment. Neset is currently the board's chairwoman. A second open seat on the board is expected to be filled next week, the governor's office said.
WILLISTON, N.D. — An estimated 300 barrels, or 12,600 gallons, of produced water spilled at an oil and gas well Thursday, Feb. 9, but the contamination was contained on site, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said. Oasis Petroleum reported the spill was caused by a valve that froze at a well about 7 miles southeast of Williston. The produced water, a waste byproduct of oil development, was contained within the diking of the well site. A state inspector planned to visit the site Thursday to monitor the cleanup.
MITCHELL, S.D. -- The manager of a Mitchell video game store was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 8, after he allegedly hid money and video surveillance in the store's lowered ceiling in what police say was an attempt to steal more than $1,600. Aaron Cooper, 34, of Mitchell, was charged with grand theft after allegedly hiding cash and bank deposits in the video game store's ceiling and calling police to report the incident as a robbery, the Mitchell Department of Public Safety said in a press release issued Thursday morning.
MINOT, N.D.—Country music star Jason Aldean, the latest Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year, is one of several headliners booked for the North Dakota State Fair in July. Little Big Town will open up the fair on July 21, followed by Brothers Osborne July 23, Thomas Rhett on July 26 and Lonestar on July 27. Aldean will play July 28. Aldean's newest album, "They Don't Know," is his seventh, and his first since 2014. An enduro race July 24 and a truck and tractor pull July 25 are also set for the grandstand. Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Feb. 10.
WEST FARGO — The Red River Valley Fair announced its grandstand entertainment for this summer's festivities, which runs July 11 through 16, in West Fargo. July 11 — Country singer Granger Smith ("Backroad Song," "If the Boot Fits"), with his hick alter-ego, Earl Dibbles Jr. July 12 — RRVF favorite, 1980s hard rock tribute act Hairball, with Ron Keel Band. July 13 — Country duo LoCash ("I Love This Life," "I Know Somebody"). July 14 — Rock band Shinedown ("If You Only Knew," "Second Chance").