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BISMARCK – The superintendent of the North Dakota Highway Patrol will retire this summer. Col. Michael Gerhart Jr. announced Thursday, March 22, that he’ll retire from the position effective June 30. He’ll then become the executive vice president of advocacy organization the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association.
NOTE TO READERS: This video contains foul language and blood. FARGO – A man was shot late Wednesday night, March 21, after he allegedly brandished a large knife at police officers who responded to a domestic abuse disturbance call at a southside apartment complex, Fargo Police said in a news release. Orlando Estrada, 28, Fargo, was transported to a local hospital for his injuries, police said Thursday, March 22.
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn.—No one will be walking on the Indian at Park High School in the Twin Cities suburb of Cottage Grove again. The high school is removing a controversial Indian head mosaic from a hallway floor. Installed in 1965 to depict the mascot for the Park High School Indians, the mosaic had recently been criticized by students and community members.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Authorities are looking for a driver who took off after killing a 26-year-old Alexandria man with a vehicle while the man was walking in Alexandria Monday night, March 19. Travis Pennig was found by the side of the road and had suffered significant injuries consistent with being struck by a vehicle, according to the Alexandria Police Department release on Tuesday. He was taken to the hospital but didn’t survive his injuries, police said.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger has approved a petition format to gather signatures for an anti-corruption ballot measure, his office said Tuesday, March 20. Petition backers have until the end of the day July 9 to gather 26,904 signatures to place the constitutional amendment on the ballot.
FARGO - Fire crews received a call just after 11 p.m. on Monday, March 19 for a fire at the Fargodome. Upon arriving to the scene, the Fargo Fire Department determined that the fire started in a dryer in the storage area of the building. A sprinkler head was activated at the time of the fire and was able to extinguish part of it by the time crews arrived to put out the rest of it. The fire is said to have caused an estimated three thousand dollars in damages.
ST. PAUL — Anglers catching walleyes on Mille Lacs Lake will have to throw them all back again this summer. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Monday announced its summer 2018 regulations for the big central Minnesota lake that includes catch-and-release fishing all season, and no night fishing from May 14 through the rest of the year.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- National law firm Robins Kaplan announced Monday it has filed a lawsuit on behalf of South Dakota’s Oglala Sioux Tribe against the opioid industry, joining other tribes in North Dakota and South Dakota that have filed suits alleging devastating public health effects from opioids.
The report said a 1991 Olds Cutlass was northbound on Highway 55 and went off the road north of Barrett about 3 a.m. The underbrush and dry grasses under the vehicle caught fire and the vehicle burned.
Forum News Service reporters are on the floor at the North Dakota Dem-NPL convention in Grand Forks. Follow our live blog for all the updates.