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BRAINERD, Minn. -- The distribution of condoms through Crow Wing County Community Services was halted in January, after county officials learned it was occurring in the first place. County Administrator Tim Houle said there is no policy supported by county board authorization that allowed employees of community services to distribute condoms.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum reappointed Kathleen Neset to the State Board of Higher Education Thursday, Feb. 9. Neset, a geologist and president of Neset Consulting, was first appointed to the board in June 2012. She applied for a second four-year term and was among three finalists chosen by a nominating committee to be interviewed, according to a news release. The state Senate must confirm her appointment. Neset is currently the board's chairwoman. A second open seat on the board is expected to be filled next week, the governor's office said.
WILLISTON, N.D. — An estimated 300 barrels, or 12,600 gallons, of produced water spilled at an oil and gas well Thursday, Feb. 9, but the contamination was contained on site, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said. Oasis Petroleum reported the spill was caused by a valve that froze at a well about 7 miles southeast of Williston. The produced water, a waste byproduct of oil development, was contained within the diking of the well site. A state inspector planned to visit the site Thursday to monitor the cleanup.
MITCHELL, S.D. -- The manager of a Mitchell video game store was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 8, after he allegedly hid money and video surveillance in the store's lowered ceiling in what police say was an attempt to steal more than $1,600. Aaron Cooper, 34, of Mitchell, was charged with grand theft after allegedly hiding cash and bank deposits in the video game store's ceiling and calling police to report the incident as a robbery, the Mitchell Department of Public Safety said in a press release issued Thursday morning.
MINOT, N.D.—Country music star Jason Aldean, the latest Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year, is one of several headliners booked for the North Dakota State Fair in July. Little Big Town will open up the fair on July 21, followed by Brothers Osborne July 23, Thomas Rhett on July 26 and Lonestar on July 27. Aldean will play July 28. Aldean's newest album, "They Don't Know," is his seventh, and his first since 2014. An enduro race July 24 and a truck and tractor pull July 25 are also set for the grandstand. Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Feb. 10.
WEST FARGO — The Red River Valley Fair announced its grandstand entertainment for this summer's festivities, which runs July 11 through 16, in West Fargo. July 11 — Country singer Granger Smith ("Backroad Song," "If the Boot Fits"), with his hick alter-ego, Earl Dibbles Jr. July 12 — RRVF favorite, 1980s hard rock tribute act Hairball, with Ron Keel Band. July 13 — Country duo LoCash ("I Love This Life," "I Know Somebody"). July 14 — Rock band Shinedown ("If You Only Knew," "Second Chance").
OLIVIA—A Redwood Falls man died Monday morning, Feb. 6, in a head-on crash with a semi truck on U.S. Highway 71, south of Olivia. The crash closed a stretch of the highway for several hours and rerouted traffic. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Todd Michael Serbus, 46, had been driving north on the highway, near Renville County Road 4. Shortly before 5:30 a.m., his GMC Sierra collided with a southbound 2009 Mack semi truck, driven by Daryl Eugene Erickson, 56, of Willmar.
DEER CREEK, Minn. — Three people, including a 2-year-old boy, were involved in a fatal head-on car crash Sunday afternoon near here in Otter Tail County. The victims were a 2-year-old boy and a 31-year-old woman, both from Wadena, and a 63-year-old woman from Parkers Prairie, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. When contacted late Sunday, the Minnesota State Patrol would not say if more than one of those victims was injured or died until the investigation was complete.
DEER RIVER, Minn. — A 22-year-old Remer, Minnesota, man was killed and a 19-year-old female passenger from Remer received non-life-threatening injuries in a Saturday night crash near here. A baby girl riding in the Chrysler Town and Country minivan was not injured. The man's name has not been released pending notification of relatives. The woman, Savannah Ellen Hinsz, was taken to Deer River Hospital. Deer River is about 15 miles west of Grand Rapids.
GRAND FORKS — A Grand Forks animal shelter went into lockdown Friday after receiving a phone call that threatened violence against its workers and animals, said Lauralee Tupa, executive director of the Circle of Friends Humane Society. The call came in about 2 p.m. Friday, and a male voice on the other end made the threat, Tupa said. The caller was upset about a pit bull the shelter had recently euthanized because it was aggressive toward people and had been deemed unadoptable, she said.