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LAPORTE, Minn. — A 42-year-old Iowa man and his 4-year-old child died after their kayak overturned on Hart Lake on Saturday, May 19. The Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office responded to the lake at about 1:26 p.m. Saturday after a family member of the victims reported that the kayak had overturned and not come up to the surface of the water.
FARGO -- The former site of North Dakota’s first abortion clinic is about to become an empty space. An excavation equipment operator began tearing down the two story, 110-year-old house just off Main Avenue here on Saturday, May 19. The new owners, who have a building next to it, will turn the site into a parking lot. The building at 11 14th St. S. was home to the Fargo Women's Health Organization from 1981 to 2001.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Tuesday, May 22, and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, as a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the Friday, May 18, shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. The governor's directive is in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Donald Trump.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Highway Patrol is starting the yearly Click It or Ticket initiative on Monday, May 21, with a highly visible seat belt enforcement campaign. The patrol will be a part of Operation Border to Border from 4-8 p.m. The one-day national awareness event is designed to increase seat belt use from 90.1 percent, according to 2016 figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
WILLISTON, N.D. — A 29-year-old Tioga woman was killed when her vehicle struck a disabled semi and trailer along U.S. Highway 2 early Friday morning, May 18. The semi, a 2006 Peterbilt, driven by David Caudill, 31, of New Brockton, Ala., was partially in the right lane 10 miles northeast of Williston when it became disabled shortly after 5 a.m., the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The woman's vehicle, a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, was westbound and struck the rear of the trailer, spun and overturned. The woman was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.
CASS LAKE, Minn. — Former state Sen. Harold "Skip" Finn died Thursday, May 17, according to a statement from his daughter. Finn, 69, a Leech Lake band member, represented Minnesota's District 4 from 1991 to 1996. A member of the DFL, he also served as majority whip. In a statement released Friday, Finn's daughter — who is now a state representative herself — said her father died at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis.
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BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum tapped state Highway Patrol Maj. Brandon Solberg to lead the agency Thursday, May 17. Solberg will succeed Col. Michael Gerhart, who is retiring from the the Highway Patrol at the end of June after four years as its superintendent. Solberg has been with the Highway Patrol for more than two decades, the governor's office said, including more than 10 years as a commander at the patrol headquarters at the state Capitol. He was previously a Dickey County sheriff's deputy and a part-time reserve deputy in Barnes County.
CASSELTON, N.D. -- A 35-year-old man outside of his vehicle was struck and killed by a semi traveling westbound on Interstate 94 near Exit 234 six miles west of Casselton early Thursday morning, May 17. A 36-year-old semi driver from St. Cloud, Minn., was unable to avoid the man in the right lane of Interstate 94 at 3:13 a.m., according to a report from the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. Casselton is about 25 miles west of Fargo.
LEGIONVILLE, Minn. -- A monstrous floating bog -- about the size of three football fields -- is refusing to leave without a fight from the spot it floated into on a northern Minnesota lake north of Brainerd. The bog has been lodged in North Long Lake in front of the Minnesota American Legion’s Legionville School Safety Patrol Training Center since last fall.