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LITCHFIELD, Minn. – A Grove City, Minn., man has pleaded guilty to one felony charge connected to an incident in which he choked a man, hit him with a beer bottle and threatened people with an ax. KC Matthew Cline, 26, of Grove City, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Meeker County District Court in Litchfield. He was originally charged with five felonies and pleaded guilty to second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. The other four charges were dismissed in a plea agreement.
WASHINGTON — North Dakota's senators introduced U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Erickson during a Senate committee hearing on his nomination to serve on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven, a Democrat and Republican, respectively, lauded Erickson in statements issued Tuesday, July 25. Erickson was nominated by President Donald Trump in June. North Dakota's senators urged Erickson's confirmation, with Heitkamp arguing he has gained a "keen understanding" of tribal sovereignty issues during his time on the federal bench.
BISMARCK — Organizers of an effort to repeal North Dakota's ban on Sunday morning shopping may start collecting signatures after Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced Tuesday, July 25, that he had approved the petition's format. The measure's sponsoring committee will need to submit at least 13,452 valid signatures to place the repeal on the ballot. They'll have nearly a year to do so if they intend to ask voters during the general election in 2018, which committee Chairman Brandon Medenwald previously said was their likely path.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — A Fargo man now faces felony charges stemming from a July 18 crash near Jamestown that killed a Belcourt teen. Wilmer Nadeau, 54, was eastbound at 4:25 a.m. on Interstate 94, about 5 miles east of Jamestown, when the 1996 Dodge 3500 he was driving entered the median and rolled, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The Dodge was stolen from a rural home in the Spiritwood area, the patrol said.
The driver of a semi truck suffered life-threatening injuries after being ejected from the truck in a one-vehicle crash early Monday, July 24.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota's unadjusted job count passed the 3 million mark in June for the first time ever, according to figures released last week by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The agency said the state added 4,400 jobs in June on a seasonally adjusted basis and has gained 77,478 jobs over the past year, the biggest over-the-year job gain since May 1998. Job growth in Minnesota is up 2.6 percent over the past year, compared with a national job growth rate of 1.5 percent.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp collected more than $1.2 million in campaign contributions in the second quarter of this year, federal records show. The figure is down from the $1.6 million reported in her April quarterly, according to the Federal Election Commission. But it's still well above Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer's haul of $226,274 for the second quarter. Cramer has been mentioned as a potential contender for Heitkamp in 2018. Neither has publicly announced intentions for the race.
MENAHGA, Minn. — A 66-year-old Menahga man has died and another was flown from the scene with serious injuries following a two-vehicle crash Friday morning, July 21. The crash happened approximately 1 mile north of Menahga on U.S. Highway 71. The Minnesota State Patrol said Randall Lee Hinz died in the crash.
DULUTH — Duluth Mayor Emily Larson had been on the job for just over six months when the storm hit. On July 21, 2016, she was on vacation with her family, camping in Michigan, when she received word of the storm that brought 100 mph wind gusts to parts of the city and caused widespread devastation across the region. Thousands of Northland residents lost power for days. Larson said it took no more than a 45-second meeting for her family to agree that the trip should be cut short.
WILLMAR, Minn. - A 48-year-old woman will serve about six years in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee for an assault that left a woman at an addiction recovery center in Willmar with permanent brain damage. Stacie Lee Johnson, of Hibbing, Minn., was sentenced in district court in Kandiyohi County on Monday to prison for a first degree assault conviction.