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AKELEY, Minn. --The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said on Monday, Feb. 12, the investigation was still ongoing into the disappearance of a 27-year-old pregnant Akeley woman in north-central Minnesota. Authorities said they are concerned for Kara Blevins' welfare due to her medical condition and the cold weather. The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office has officially listed Blevins as a missing person.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. — The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office has listed Kara Blevins, 27, as a missing person. Blevins, who is pregnant, was last seen walking along Howard Lake Road, Akeley, Minn., around 5 p.m. Feb. 2. She was wearing a winter coat, white scarf, no hat or gloves. She has blue eyes and her baby is due May 2018. Authorities believe she has no phone, car, money or extra clothing. Anyone with information may call the sheriff at (218) 732-3331.
DENVER—Joe Rosga poured in a team-high 26 points to lead Denver to a 66-63 victory against North Dakota State on Saturday in Summit League men's basketball at Magness Arena. The Bison (12-14, 4-7 SL) have lost four consecutive games. Tyson Ward paced NDSU with a career-high 28 points on 9-for-16 shooting from the floor. The 6-foot-6 sophomore also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Paul Miller added 12 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Bison.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Authorities have released two of three people taken into custody in connection with a hit-and-run crash that left a 21-year-old Ponsford, Minn., man dead Thursday night, Feb. 8. According to information released by Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander:
BISMARCK — A key player in the response to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests will serve as North Dakota's new director of homeland security starting in March, Gov. Doug Burgum said Friday, Feb. 9. Cody Schulz, the disaster recovery chief for the state Department of Emergency Services, will succeed Greg Wilz, who is retiring after more than 12 years in the role. Schulz will oversee the Division of Homeland Security within the department and will serve as the state's homeland security advisor.
FARGO - File this one under "only in North Dakota." Multiple videos have been circulating on Facebook Thursday, Feb. 8 after a cow broke loose from the Little International Livestock Show on the campus of NDSU. In the video, you can see three people trying to corral the cow near NDSU's Minard Hall, located in the heart of campus. "The cow was on the loose for a little bit," said NDSU Media Relations coordinator Sadie Rudulph.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum named Deputy Tax Commissioner Joe Morrissette the state's new budget director Thursday, Feb. 8. Morrissette will take over as director of the Office of Management and Budget, a Cabinet-level position, March 1. He succeeds Pam Sharp, who retired Nov. 30 but has stayed on in a temporary role through the transition. Morrissette has been the state's deputy tax commissioner since 2014. He previously worked in OMB and Legislative Council, and he has a master's in business administration from the University of Mary in Bismarck.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Public Service Commission's two rail safety inspectors issued 49 violations last year, the agency said Thursday, Feb. 8. The program was approved by state lawmakers in 2015 after an oil train derailment near Casselton, N.D., sparked an explosion in late 2013. Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak said inspectors issued "multiple violations related to wheel defects, side bearing problems, and switch issues," which "have a direct relation to derailments."
WAHPETON, N.D. – A student reportedly died on a boarding school campus here earlier this week. The Circle of Nations School confirmed Wednesday, Feb. 7, that a 13-year-old girl was found dead at about 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, according to Brian Watson, dean of students. "The Circle of Nations School community suffered a tragic loss,” read a statement provided by the school. “It's difficult for all of us to face the death of a young person.”
WALKER, Minn.—Eelpout Festival organizers believe there will be no vehicle restrictions during this year's festival. Thanks to this year's cooler temperatures, festival attendees will likely be able to drive campers, trucks and cars onto the ice as they see fit. This is a change from the 2017 and 2016 Eelpout festivals; unseasonably warm weather prompted restrictions those years. Last year, for example, the Cass County Sheriff's Office decided to only allow snowmobiles and class 1 and 2 all-terrain vehicles on the ice for a portion of the festival.