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DICKINSON, N.D. — Fisher Sand and Gravel Co., based out of Dickinson, was awarded a contract to develop a prototype for construction of a wall along the southern border by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, according to a release from U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Those who might not have the athletic talent to make the big leagues will have the chance to explore other options for working in sports next month. Forum Communications, parent company of Forum News Service, is co-hosting with Minnesota State University Moorhead the third Sports Communication Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 18. The conference, themed "Bold North Meets MSUM," will allow high school and college students to explore the fastest growing careers in sports.
SUPERIOR, Wis. — Six people have been charged with trespassing after their protest on Tuesday morning, Aug. 29, stopped work on a segment of Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline construction in rural Douglas County, Wis.
BRAINERD, Minn. — A 30-year-old Ironton man faces 35 counts of criminal sexual conduct that allegedly took place at a Brainerd residence involving two minor children between 13 and 18 years old. Andrew Mark Donnelly was summoned Monday and notified Tuesday, Aug. 29, of his first appearance at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 16 in a Crow Wing County District courtroom in Brainerd.
BATTLE LAKE, Minn.—The body of a Grand Forks man who went missing on a Minnesota lake last weekend was recovered Wednesday. Peter Akinboro, 40, was found about 3 p.m. in West Battle Lake in Otter Tail County. The Grand Forks man and native of Nigeria went missing Saturday after going out on the lake on a Jet Ski. Family and friends say he had been wearing a life jacket, but they think he took it off and went for a swim when he disappeared. Search and rescue teams had been searching for Akinboro on the lake, about 25 miles east of Fergus Falls.
HILLSBORO, N.D.—A man accused of shooting at officers and driving off with a baby during a prolonged car chase across northeast North Dakota faces federal charges. Daniel Michael Two Hearts, 24, pleaded guilty in Traill County on Wednesday to one count of reckless endangerment and two counts of unlawful entry into a vehicle related to a pursuit that started Feb. 2 near Grand Forks and ended a day later with a suicide attempt in Devils Lake.
GRYGLA, Minn. -- A Grygla man was found dead Tuesday, Aug. 29, after a farming accident, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office. Ralph S. Lee, 80, had been cleaning the box of a farm truck used for hauling small grain when he became trapped in the truck’s chute and died, according to a news release. Deputies received a 911 call reporting Lee’s death at about 10:11 a.m. Tuesday and responded to the scene at the 43000 block of Moose River Road in Northwood Township, in the far northwest portion of Beltrami County.
ST. PAUL -- A post-summer survey shows an upward trend of Minnesota’s tourism business, the state’s tourism promotion office said. Summer revenue was up for 42 percent of survey respondents and occupancy was up 35 percent, according to Explore Minnesota on Wednesday, Aug. 30. Meanwhile, 30 percent of respondents experienced a decrease in revenue and 31 percent said occupancy was down. The hotel and motel sector reported decreased occupancy due to significant growth of new hotel rooms in the Twin Cities area, the tourism office said in its news release.
FARGO - Fargo police have received preliminary results of the autopsy on Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind . Police reported on the department’s Facebook page Tuesday morning, Aug. 29, that the preliminary cause of death was “homicidal violence.” The autopsy is being conducted by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner in St. Paul because the body was recovered in Clay County, Minn. Further details about LaFontaine-Greywind’s death, or the manner in which her baby was born, were not released.
UND President Mark Kennedy told members of the campus community the university's outlook is brighter with recent budget cuts behind it. In an address to the University Council on Tuesday, Kennedy said that the university is moving on after the controversial cuts. He said this school year enrollment is up among freshmen, the freshman class is more diverse than before and the university was able to recruit more highly sought-after students this year.