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MCGREGOR, Minn. — A 59-year-old McGregor man died after the ATV he was operating broke through ice on the Sandy River Flowage in Aitkin County. The Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office reported that Kevin Lee Futhey died Friday night, March 10, at North Memorial Medical Center after he was airlifted to the Twin Cities-area hospital.
WEST FARGO, N.D. -- A Fargo mother is accused of driving drunk with children in her vehicle. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Crystal Rowe, 45, after a deputy stopped her vehicle at 8:50 p.m. Friday, March 9, on Interstate 94 outside West Fargo, according to a news release. The deputy said she was driving 95 mph with four children -- ranging ages 2 to 13 years old -- in the vehicle.
CROSBY, Minn. — Crosby Mayor Jim Hunter was booked into the Crow Wing County jail on suspicion of three felonies after his arrest Friday, March 10. Jail records show Hunter, 68, was booked into jail on suspicion of theft by swindle, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and lawful gambling fraud crimes. Crosby Police Chief Kim Coughlin confirmed the arrest Friday, but could not immediately provide further details. Hunter is the owner of CI Auto Crosby, JH Trucking and Hunter Nelson rental properties. He is the former owner of Buy Sell Trade.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum appointed Shawn Riley to lead the state's Information Technology Department Friday, March 10. Riley, a native of Lanesboro, Minn., has worked as the section head of information technology for Mayo Clinic since 2014 and previously held other roles within the Mayo Clinic Health System. He will assume duties as the state's chief information officer April 17, according to a news release from Burgum's office.
KILLDEER, N.D. -- A 27-year-old Dickinson man who was killed in a rollover crash that ejected him from a pickup early Thursday morning about 30 miles northwest of Killdeer in western North Dakota has been identified. The North Dakota State Highway Patrol said Dalton James, who was driving a 2002 GMC Sierra pickup, failed to negotiate a curve around 12:30 a.m. and drove off the west side of 111th Avenue Northwest. The vehicle struck a temporary guard rail, went down a steep embankment and overturned.
The bald eagles featured on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' EagleCam have their first chick of 2017. An egg hatched Thursday, March 9, and a second egg has a pip (scientific term for the hole the chick makes with its egg tooth on the end of its beak) that is getting larger. Biologists were concerned that the first egg might not hatch, as it was left in the cold for quite some time immediately after hatching. The pair has proven they have this incubation thing under control.
OSAKIS, Minn. -- An investigation into credit card fraud and swindle in Osakis has led to felony drug charges. Denise Carol Waldvogel, 47, of Osakis was charged Dec. 31, 2016, with felony theft by swindle. Her husband, Curtis Dale Waldvogel, 45, was charged with felony credit card fraud on March 1 and two drug-related counts on Feb. 1. Those counts include third-degree possession of meth in excess of 10 grams, about one-third of an ounce, and fifth-degree possession of marijuana.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- An Alexandria man was arrested in Benton County after a routine traffic stop and is facing charges of possessing counterfeit currency. According to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, James Earl Meyer, 53, attempted to use a counterfeit $100 bill at Hardware Hank in Rice about 6:35 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7.
PISEK, N.D. - The body of a 25-year-old Grafton man was discovered early Thursday morning by a motorist after a pickup was found crashed in a shelterbelt seven miles east of Pisek. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said a 2014 GMC Sierra went off the road on 62nd Street Northeast sometime before 7 a.m. when the scene was discovered. Pisek is about 60 miles northwest of Grand Forks.
ST. JOHN, ND -- The Rolette County Sheriff's office is investigating a bank robbery in St. John. Authorities confirmed it happened Wednesday afternoon, March 8. Police aren't releasing many details but say they were on scene well into Wednesday evening. Sources say an arrest was made at the casino in Belcourt, N.D.