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ODANAH, Wis. -- The pilot of an Enbridge Energy helicopter died in a crash Monday night, Oct. 29, near Odanah in far northern Wisconsin. Ashland County received notice of an overdue flight at approximately 8:15 p.m. The helicopter was en route from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to Duluth — which is about 80 miles to the west.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. - A North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper was struck by a vehicle outside his squad car while assisting McKenzie County deputies performing traffic control for cattle crossing a highway outside of Watford City Monday night, Oct. 29.
CHISHOLM, Minn. -- A Chisholm city councilor was sentenced Monday in District Court in Hibbing following his conviction this summer on a gross misdemeanor charge related to a groping claim. Kevin R. Scaia, 51, was sentenced to two years of supervised probation and 30 days of jail or 60 days of community-related service.
BISMARCK - The North Dakota Department of Health announced Monday, Oct. 29, its medical marijuana program will accept patient and caregiver applications. Patients will need to provide information like contact information, a copy of their driver's license, a recent photo of themselves and their health care provider's name and work email address. The health care provider must complete a written certification stating that the patient is likely to receive "therapeutic or palliative benefit" from using medical marijuana.
WILLMAR, Minn. — A Willmar man who was convicted this spring of swindling $89,000 from a Willmar golf course where he worked at the time faces new charges in Benton County for allegedly forging two sizable checks last year from a golf course near Brainerd where he had worked. Phillip Andrew Sam, 33, made his first court appearance Monday, Oct. 26, on two felony charges of check forgery and offering forged checks. There was no bail set and he was released following the court appearance.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — A Moorhead man has been sentenced to just more than eight years in prison for a first-degree aggravated robbery in May in Bemidji when he held up a cell phone store with a handgun. Judge Paul Benshoof sentenced Ricky Lidel, 62, to 98 months, or eight years and two months, in prison. Lidel will be eligible for supervised release for a third of the sentence. He also received credit of 161 days for time served.
FARGO — U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and challenger Kevin Cramer will have their second debate at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, with a preshow at 6:30 p.m., and we'll be live streaming it right here on our website.
FARGO — Someone playing Powerball in Fargo won $100,000 in the Wednesday, Oct. 24, drawing, according to North Dakota Lottery officials. So far, no one has claimed the money, officials said. Winners have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim their prize. The winning ticket was sold at the Holiday store at 2755 Brandt Drive. The ticket matched four white balls and the Powerball. The prize was $50,000, but because the player also bought the Power Play option, the ticket is worth $100,000.
BISMARCK - North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has appointed Lonnie Grabowska as the director of the state's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, his office announced Thursday, Oct. 25. Grabowska was the bureau's deputy director. His appointment came two weeks after the former director, Dallas Carlson, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as U.S. marshal for the District of North Dakota.
HANKINSON, N.D. -- A 59-year-old Hankinson man was killed after he tried to pass a tractor Tuesday night and his vehicle struck a towed disc plow causing the crash north of Hankinson. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the man was driving southbound just after 7 p.m. on RIchland County 1 when it met a northbound tractor towing a disc plow and coil packer. The man's 2004 Chevrolet Impala struck the implement, towed by 18-year-old Brandon Hart of Wales, causing extensive damage to the top of the vehicle.