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FARGO — A former Fargo priest who faces child sexual abuse charges has been extradited from the Philippines to the United States. Fernando Laude Sayasaya was extradited to face state child sexual abuse charges filed 15 years ago in Cass County District Court, U.S. Attorney Christopher C. Myers announced Friday, Dec. 15. Sayasaya was arrested in the Philippines last month.
BEMIDJI—A woman drowned and a man survived after the ATV they were riding went through the ice on Grace Lake early Saturday, Dec. 16. According to the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office, the pair went through the ice just after 12 a.m. Saturday. Grace Lake straddles Beltrami and Hubbard counties and is about 8 miles southeast of Bemidji just off U.S. Highway 2.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Friday, Dec. 15, he has approved the petition format for a ballot measure seeking the full legalization of marijuana. The sponsoring committee pushing the proposal will need to gather at least 13,452 qualified signatures by July 9 to place the measure on the general election ballot next November. Voters last year approved a measure legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. The state Department of Health is working to implement that new law after the Legislature rewrote it this year.
ST. PAUL—The labor union of faculty members at Minnesota's two-year colleges filed a lawsuit Friday asking a Ramsey County District Court judge to enforce an arbitrator's ruling that found the Minnesota State system owed its instructors hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid wages.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—A man was arrested after a children's birthday party got out of hand just before midnight on Thursday, Dec. 14, in the 600 block of 24th Avenue South in Moorhead. According to Moorhead police, two men at the party had been drinking and got into an argument. Tobe Givens III, 39, was asked to leave the party. Police said Givens refused, grabbed a knife sharpener and started to make threats. Someone at the party then punched Givens, leaving a cut on his face. Multiple calls were made to police, including one from a child.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum will deliver his second State of the State Address next month at Minot State University, the governor's office said Friday, Dec. 15. The Republican governor, first elected in 2016, will give his speech at 10 a.m. Jan. 23 in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall on the MSU campus. He'll discuss the state's challenges and successes since he took office a year ago and outline his agenda, the governor's office said.
FARGO — A federal jury has convicted a 56-year-old Fargo man of sending threatening emails to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., according to the office of U.S. Attorney Chris Myers. After a four-day trial, Kevin Lee Olson was found guilty Friday, Dec. 15, of making threatening interstate communications. His sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Friday, Dec. 15, he has approved the petition format for a ballot measure seeking the full legalization of marijuana. The sponsoring committee pushing the proposal will need to gather at least 13,452 qualified signatures by July 9 to place the measure on the general election ballot next November.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Authorities on Friday released the name of a Park Rapids man who was killed in a head-on collision on Thursday morning, Dec. 14, on an icy U.S. Highway 71 in Hubbard County. Dale Maves, 75, was northbound on Highway 71 driving a 1999 Volkswagen Beetle when he was struck head-on by a 2002 Subaru Legacy, which was southbound on the highway but slid on the icy road into the northbound lane. Road conditions were listed as snowy and icy, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem clarified aspects of the state's new permitless carry law Thursday, Dec. 14. The so-called "constitutional carry" law, which the Republican-controlled Legislature passed this year, allows those who meet the law's requirements to store a loaded gun in a vehicle, Stenehjem said in an opinion requested by four lawmakers. But proper identification must be revealed to law enforcement during a traffic stop or other in-person contact, he said.