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WILTON, Minn. -- A man was injured and a horse was killed in a Wednesday, Feb. 28, car crash in Wilton in northwest Minnesota.
FERTILE, Minn. – A suspect in an early-morning high-speed chase that topped 100 mph was arrested after his vehicle went into a ditch in Norman County, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday, Feb. 27. Aaron Dean Jagol, 27, of Fertile, was arrested and faces several charges in connection with the incident, which started about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, according to the sheriff’s office report.
BRAINERD, Minn.—A 23-year-old Brainerd man was charged with attempted murder after allegedly poisoning a 4-month-old baby girl by feeding her antifreeze or de-icing fluids. Jeffrey Ryan Thomas appeared Monday in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd, where he was charged with first-degree attempted murder with premeditation, second-degree attempted murder without premeditation and first-degree assault to cause great bodily harm.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. — A Friday, Feb. 23, fire destroyed the hotel at a resort near here. Firefighters responded about 5:20 a.m. Friday to Vacationaire Resort, 26333 Icon Drive, between Park Rapids and Itasca State Park. The hotel was fully engulfed in flames by the time they arrived. WDAY-TV reported one man suffered minor burns to his back and feet. The man, who wasn't immediately identified, was taken by ambulance to CHI St.
BISMARCK—The head of the North Dakota Association of Counties will retire at the end of March, the organization said Friday, Feb. 23. Mark Johnson has led the association for 35 years. Terry Traynor, its assistant director of policy and programs, will serve as interim executive director starting in April. Johnson lobbied for counties during legislative sessions and helped "create and protect funding mechanisms for local infrastructure and other county interests," the association said.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. — Within 48 hours this past December, White Earth Nation was hit with seven drug overdoses. In the months following, a joint drug court program has received approval from the Minnesota Judicial Council to combat what the tribal government calls an urgent public health crisis. "There is no question that our region is on the front lines of our nation's battle against the abuse of opioids and other drugs," state Ninth Judicial District Judge Anne M. Rasmusson said in a press release Thursday, Feb. 22.
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - A North Dakota family on vacation in Mexico had to be taken to a hospital after a ferry exploded. It happened Wednesday, Feb. 21 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The explosion injured at least 25 people. Among the people involved was Rebecca Lahlum and her 14-year-old son John Lahlum from Valley City, North Dakota. The family was waiting to board a ferry to Cozumel when another ferry next to them exploded.
FARGO — In 1987, the Rev. Billy Graham spent three days in Fargo as part of his "Peaks to the Plains" crusade. Almost 70,000 people attended the services at North Dakota State University's Dacotah Field. The crusade took Graham to North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. He was in Fargo June 19-21. The crowds were bigger than expected and his stop in North Dakota was a financial success. The three-day event came in nearly $46,000 under budget and took in $107,000 more than anticipated.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger approved the format of a ballot petition seeking personalized vehicle plates for volunteer emergency responders, his office said Wednesday, Feb. 21. Organizers have less than five months to get 13,452 valid signatures to have the initiated measure placed on the November ballot. The measure would add a new section to state law allowing volunteer emergency responders to apply for red personalized plates.
BISMARCK — The Greater North Dakota Chamber named Arik Spencer as its new president and CEO Tuesday, Feb. 20. Spencer, the executive vice president of the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association, succeeds Andy Peterson, who resigned in September. Spencer will start his new job April 1. "GNDC has been the voice of business in North Dakota for over 90 years, and I am grateful for the opportunity lead this vital organization," he said in a statement.