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BEMIDJI, Minn.—Friday is the first official day of autumn according to the calendar, but it's felt like fall for several weeks in parts of northern Minnesota.
HIBBING, Minn. -- A 66-year-old Chicago man who’d fallen overboard died despite rescue and resuscitation efforts at a resort on Lake Kabetogama in far northern Minnesota on Wednesday afternoon — and the 55-year-old driver of the boat was arrested on suspicion of being drunk at the time of the incident. Wlodzimierz Dziechciowski reportedly fell overboard after the boat he was in was struck by the wake of another vessel just before 5 p.m., the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported in a news release.
BISMARCK—Andy Peterson, president of the Greater North Dakota Chamber, has resigned effective immediately, the organization said Thursday, Sept. 21. "The GNDC Board of Directors appreciates the seven years of service Andy has given our organization and his work on behalf of North Dakota's business community," Chamber Chairman Steve Schmitz said in a statement. "Andy leaves GNDC having made contributions that will extend beyond his tenure."
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, Sept. 21, signed free-agent running back and former North Dakota State standout John Crockett to the practice squad. Crockett will replace running back Jeremy Langford, the team said on its Twitter account. Langford was injured during a special teams drill on Wednesday, the Baltimore Sun reported. Crockett went undrafted in 2015 before signing with the Green Bay Packers. He appeared in two games and spent the 2016 year on injured reserve. He signed with Oakland in July before being waived Sept. 2.
WEST FARGO — Instead of responding to a typical traffic stop or disturbance call the night of Wednesday, Sept. 20, two West Fargo police officers found themselves taking on the impromptu role of doula. At 8:22 p.m., the officers were dispatched to an unknown address in West Fargo for a woman going into labor. Upon arrival, officers assisted with delivering the baby until the F-M Ambulance arrived. The mother and child were then taken to Sanford Hospital.
THOMPSON, N.D.—Fire crews responded to a house fire on Maplewood Drive in Thompson Wednesday evening. Altru, multiple fire departments, and the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department were also on scene. The owner of the home said he was asleep at the time of the fire but woke up and safely made it outside. He said he believes the fire started in the wall.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- Recovering in recent years from a steady decline earlier this decade, Dickinson State University has seen an increase of student enrollment during the fall semester for a second consecutive year. According to a DSU statement released on Tuesday, 1,425 students are enrolled at Dickinson State this fall, up 39 students from last year and more than 100 students from fall 2015.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Four Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail cars and two locomotives derailed upright on industry track Wednesday, Sept. 20, about 5 miles west of Jamestown, according to a BNSF official.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. — Michael Scott Christie, 63, of Lame Deer, Montana, pleaded guilty Monday in Chippewa County District Court to two felony charges of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult for his role in taking $340,000 from the estate of his mother. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered and sentencing scheduled for Oct. 31. Christie's wife, Martina Annette Christie, 61, faces 12 felony charges for alleged financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult.
BISMARCK — The governors of North Dakota and Minnesota agreed to a call with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to address its concerns over the disputed Fargo-Moorhead diversion project, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum's office said Tuesday, Sept. 19. The two governors discussed the project over the phone Tuesday afternoon. Burgum said the two states have a "common interest in protecting lives and property from catastrophic flooding along our shared border, and long delays will only continue to put the public at risk."