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FARGO — Legalize ND, a group backing Measure 3, which aims to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota, issued a statement Friday, Aug. 31, casting doubt on a poll released the day before that suggested only 38 percent support the measure. "It is completely nonsensical to believe that numbers have swung this drastically since we commissioned our own poll prior to making the ballot. It is quite simply malarkey that this could feasibly be accurate," said Cole Haymond, an adviser for Legalize ND.
DULUTH, Minn. — A 21-year-old Duluth man was arrested after a woman was shot outside a Hermantown hotel about 5 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 31. The Hermantown Police Department said the incident was reported at the Econo Lodge Hotel. Witnesses reported seeing a man shoving a screaming woman into a SUV, and police said the wounded victim and suspect were found a short time later in Duluth.
FARGO — For want of a bicycle light, a man is now facing a felony terrorizing charge after reportedly leading police on a chase that ended when officers tackled the man off the bike he was fleeing on. An officer on patrol Wednesday, Aug. 29, noticed a man riding a bicycle without a light, which is required after dark, according to Cass County District Court documents. The officer drove past the man and ordered him to stop, but instead the man began pedaling faster and shouted an obscenity at the officer, court documents said.
BISMARCK — A recount of the votes cast in the primary for the North Dakota secretary of state race resulted in one additional vote for Roland Riemers— not enough for the Libertarian candidate to advance to the November election. The current secretary of state, Al Jaeger, said the recount showed one vote was added in Burleigh County, increasing the statewide vote total for Riemers from 247 to 248. Riemers of Grand Forks needed at least 300 votes during the June primary to receive his party's nomination and advance to the general election in November.
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WOODBURY, Minn. — A Hayward, Wis., man accused of attempting to hire a minor for prostitution had his initial hearing in Washington County District Court Aug. 2. According to the complaint: Scott Klohn, 62, approached a 17-year-old male at a fitness center in Woodbury while the male was exercising May 19. Klohn asked him if he would go into the bathroom and "poop in a cup" for him for $20. The male declined. He then saw Klohn staring at him in the locker room while standing in a towel. Klohn later removed the towel and walked around the male still staring at him.
FARGO — A West Fargo father accused of injuring his 3-month-old son has been sentenced to five months behind bars and two years of supervised probation. Aaron Kempfer pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court to a felony count of child abuse in May. On Monday, Aug. 27, a judge sentenced Kempfer, giving him credit for having already spent 118 days in jail. He must also pay about $690 in restitution.
FARGO — "PBS NewsHour" anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff will be in Prairie Public's downtown Fargo studio to moderate a debate between North Dakota's U.S. Senate candidates. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., will debate at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, and Prairie Public will broadcast it live on its radio, television and online network. Woodruff will co-moderate the debate with Prairie Public's election coverage producer Matt Olien.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has directed United States and North Dakota flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of U.S. Sen. John McCain, who passed away Saturday at his home in Arizona. He was 81. Flags are to be flown at half-staff at all public buildings, grounds and facilities in North Dakota from now until sunset Sunday, Sept. 2. Individuals, schools and businesses also are encouraged to lower flags to half-staff.
HUDSON, Wis.—Tweets linked to the recently appointed interim St. Croix Emergency Medical Services Chief have prompted an investigation after they were shared with the city of Hudson and Hudson Star-Observer by a group questioning Joe Elkin's continued employment at the city. An anonymous email signed "Concerned Citizens" from email@example.com shared 15 tweets from the now deleted account The Real Joe Elkin, handle @joekuhlshow.