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BISMARCK—About 700 barrels of saltwater and 25 barrels of oil spilled in Dunn County Saturday, Dec. 30, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said Tuesday. The spill happened at a saltwater disposal well 13 miles north of Killdeer when a load line froze. The spilled saltwater and oil were contained within the tank battery diking, and 690 barrels of saltwater and 24 barrels of oil were recovered. Hanna SWD, LLC, reported the incident Sunday. A state inspector will visit the site to monitor additional clean-up efforts, according to a news release.
PILLAGER, Minn. -- Two stranded Brainerd motorists were found after getting lost in the woods amid temperatures roughly 23 below zero early Sunday morning, Dec. 31. Pillager Fire Chief Randy Lee said his firefighters were dispatched just after 3 a.m. Sunday to aid the Cass County Sheriff's office in locating two stranded motorists who had gotten lost and run out of gas in the Pillsbury State Forest, north of Pillager.
BRAINERD — A string of thefts was foiled as law enforcement investigated a Christmas Eve burglary. Coordination between law enforcement officers with several departments led to the arrest of a 32-year-old Pine River man. Owen Colby Swenson was arrested Dec. 24 and charged with 14 counts of mail theft and probation violation. Swenson's arrest stemmed from an investigation beginning about 4:40 p.m. Christmas Eve when the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office received a notice of a residential alarm at a house on the 8000 block of Big Whitefish Narrows, in Ideal Township.
FARGO — A vehicle headed north on an icy stretch of Interstate 29 shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, lost control and struck the rear of a trooper's squad car, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The trooper was investigating another crash at the time, and his squad car was parked with emergency lights flashing on the median shoulder just north of the Main Avenue exit in Fargo, patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind said in a statement. The Cass County Sheriff's Office is investigating the crash. No one was hurt, Niewind said.
MINNEAPOLIS — Hours before Sen. Al Franken makes an appearance to publicly thank “supporters and friends,” one new poll states the majority of Minnesota voters don’t think he should resign his seat. The Minnesota Democrat is set to officially resign next Tuesday, Jan. 2, a move that he reluctantly announced after his colleagues -- most notably a wave of Democratic women -- called for when numerous women alleged sexually inappropriate behavior.
COOK, Minn. -- A missing 72-year-old Cook man has been found after spending the night in his vehicle, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported on Tuesday.
GRAND FORKS -- Most of the Red River Valley region had its coldest Christmas in more than two decades this year, National Weather Service officials said Monday. In Grand Forks, with an early-morning low of negative 19 and a high of negative 9 degrees it was the coldest since Christmas 1996, which had a low and high of negative 25 and negative 13 degrees, respectively.
Allegations of sexual harassment and the #metoo movement gained momentum, causing a storm of controversy that ended the careers of Minnesota politicians and a beloved radio personality. Those stories dominated the list of the top news stories in Minnesota for 2017 as voted on by several editors at Forum Communications Co. newspapers in the state. Topping the list was the resignation of Sen. Al Franken, who announced earlier this month that he would step down after eight women made public allegations of sexual harassment.
Lagging oil and farm commodity prices prompted a massive drop in state revenue, making the downturn in the North Dakota budget the state's top story in 2017. The budget shortfall prompted legislators to cut more than 300 full-time equivalent positions for the current biennium, a figure that excludes higher education, as state agencies were forced to tighten budgets. The Legislature approved $4.3 billion in general fund spending for the current biennium, down from a peak of nearly $6.9 billion in the 2013-15 biennium.
CROSBY, Minn. —Law enforcement officials say they discovered evidence of a meth lab Thursday at a trailer park in Crosby while executing a search warrant. Agents from the Lakes Area Drug Investigation Division and the Crow Wing County Tactical Response Team searched the Crosby home about 4:50 p.m. Thursday in Townsend Trailer Park. The search warrant was in connection to an ongoing drug investigation involving the manufacture and sale of meth.