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FARGO — A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind attend an upcoming trial for a man accused of conspiring to kill the 22-year-old Fargo woman. The GoFundMe page reads: “The second defendant in the case is now going to trial on Sept 18th, we are hoping to be in Fargo for the duration of the trial. With our financial situation right now that is not possible, so we are asking for a little help making this possible. Thank you all.”
FARGO — Cass County District Judge Frank Racek has dismissed a murder charge that an elderly Fargo man had been facing since the shooting death of his wife in June. The move came after prosecutors and defense attorneys filed a stipulation for dismissal, stating that Louis Donald Averson suffered from a major neurocognitive disorder and would likely never have the capacity to understand the legal proceedings against him. Averson and his wife, Ila Mae Lou Averson, were both 85 and in poor health in June when they entered into a suicide pact, according to court documents.
FARGO — Humor writer David Sedaris will appear at the Fargo Theatre for a show next year. Sedaris, known for his humorous personal essays and short stories, most recently released "Calypso," a collection of 21 essays, in May. Promoter Jade Presents announced this week that Sedaris will be at the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway N., for an 8 p.m. show Tuesday, April 30. Reserved-seating tickets will go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, for $45. An online-only presale will take place 10 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, using a password from the Jade Presents app.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- An 87-year-old Brainerd man is dead following a crash south of Brainerd between the all-terrain vehicle he was driving and a minivan Tuesday, Sept. 11. The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash at 2:33 p.m. on the 11000 block of County Highway 45 in St. Mathias Township. According to a sheriff’s sergeant, the driver of the side-by-side ATV, identified as Wayne Thiesse, apparently attempted to cross the road and was struck by a southbound minivan, driven by Troy Hanson, 54, of St. Cloud.
ST. PAUL -- The arrest of one woman with a blood-alcohol content of 0.21 driving to a dentist’s office with her 3-year-old child in Alexandria was just one of 1,369 such arrests Minnesota law enforcement made during a campaign targeting drunken drivers. Extra drunken driving enforcement Aug. 17-Sept.2 yielded just one less arrest than last year’s campaign total, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said in a news release. Authorities issued 1,244 seat belt violations, a drop of 286 from the 2017 campaign.
PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz fans will need to wait a little longer to see their favorite player on the field. Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson confirmed Wednesday, Sept. 12, that Nick Foles will start at quarterback for the team at Tampa Bay on Sunday. Pederson told the media Wednesday morning Wentz has yet to be cleared for contact.
ST. PAUL—Tobacco use among Minnesota high school students increased for the first time in 17 years and state health officials attribute the rise to the popularity of e-cigarettes. The Minnesota Department of Health has now issued a health advisory regarding the latest evidence that early nicotine use increases the risks of addiction for youth now and later in life.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington, Minn., area is mourning the loss of a local businessman and hockey coach after an early Saturday morning, Sept. 8, hunting accident claimed the life of Jeffrey Dean Nickel at the Eagle Lake Wildlife Management Area southeast of Fulda, Minn.
SAGINAW, Minn. -- A St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office patrol sergeant was struck head-on by an alleged drunk driver late Tuesday, Sept. 11, an act a preliminary investigation shows may have been intentional. Nobody was injured and the 25-year-old Saginaw man was booked for DWI into the county jail, a sheriff’s office news release said on Wednesday. The sergeant was patrolling Industrial Township north of Saginaw on county Highway 8 near Minnesota Highway 33 around 11:45 p.m. when he noticed a vehicle traveling in his direction — on his side of the road.
MOORHEAD — A Sanford Medical Center nurse has been suspended after being charged with stealing prescription drugs from a home in Moorhead. Lisa A. Skalicky, 45, of Fargo, is charged with one felony count of second-degree burglary, Clay County District Court records show. On Tuesday, Sept. 11, a Sanford Medical Center spokesperson said Skalicky has been suspended from her position at the hospital.