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FARGO – There are three new places to hunt and fish in Minnesota and North Dakota. The U.S. Department of the Interior plans to open more than 251,000 acres nationally to new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 30 national wildlife refuges. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke made the announcement Sept. 7, saying the move was made in an effort to increase access to public lands.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—A final report from the federal agency investigating an air ambulance helicopter crash in Alexandria showed pilot error as the ultimate cause of the crash. Three crew members were injured in the crash about 2 a.m. Sept. 17, 2016. No patients were on board. The helicopter operated by North Memorial Air Care had taken off from Brainerd and was destined for Douglas County Hospital but diverted to Alexandria Municipal Airport as heavy fog developed.
GLYNDON, Minn. — A West Fargo man is suspected of burglarizing a home in the far western Minnesota town of Glyndon early Friday, Sept. 7, and sexually assaulting a minor who was living in the home, Glyndon Police Chief Mike Cline said. At about 1:10 a.m. Friday, authorities were called to a Glyndon home after the father of the victim encountered an intruder in the kitchen and the intruder fled, Cline said. A Moorhead police dog was brought in to try to track the intruder, but the effort was unsuccessful, the chief said.
WADENA, Minn.—The Wadena County Sheriff's Office has received information regarding counterfeit currency being passed in the Wadena County area as well as Cass County. The currency was recently used in Nimrod and turned into a bank in Pine River, according to Sgt./Investigator Amy Ament with the Wadena County Sheriff's Office. No Wadena County business has reported the counterfeit currency yet, Ament said. Ament is working with the U.S. Secret Service on the matter.
LINTON, N.D. — The superintendent of the Linton school district issued a written apology to Saturday’s football opponent after students there burned an effigy with an opposing team player’s number on it before the homecoming game against Oakes. A video shows an effigy, with the number Oakes football player, Dalton Nelson, hanging from a basketball hoop. The students then lit it on fire.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- A man suspected in an armed robbery of a Jamestown gas station is in custody, Jamestown police said. Police Chief Scott Edinger said Travis James Allcock, 34, Valley City, was taken arrested in Minnesota’s Clay County Friday morning, Sept. 7. The Jamestown Superpumper was robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash at knifepoint early Wednesday.
BISMARCK -- A Burleigh County resident initially thought to have measles has now tested negative for the disease, the North Dakota Department of Health said in a news release Thursday afternoon, Sept. 6. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ran a subsequent test on the sample, per protocol.
ABERDEEN, S.D. — Police say what was reported earlier as an active shooter disturbance at Sanford Medical Center was not a shooting, as investigators found no evidence of shots having been fired Thursday morning, Sept. 6. Eyewitness accounts suggested there were up to three shots fired on the second floor of the hospital in Aberdeen, but investigators say the noises people heard were likely caused by a suspect banging on something.
BISMARCK — North Dakota utility regulators will hold a public hearing in November on a proposed Cass County project that's billed as the state's first major solar array. On Wednesday, Sept. 5, the Public Service Commission set the hearing for 10 a.m. Nov. 1, according to a spokeswoman. It will be held at the Days Inn and Governors' Conference Center in Casselton. Minneapolis-based Geronimo is proposing to build the 200-megawatt Harmony Solar Project in Harmony Township 15 miles west of Fargo.
FARGO — A former Fargo day care provider is facing a felony count of child neglect after authorities reportedly found her slurring her words and intoxicated while caring for nine children. According to court documents, Fargo police and members of Cass County Social Services visited the home of Richelle Ulmer on July 27 after receiving a report that she was intoxicated while watching children at her in-home day care.