Herald Staff Report
West Nile Virus has been diagnosed in a 33-year-old American Quarter Horse mare in Euclid, Minn., the state Board of Animal Health reported Thursday. In a news release, the BAH said the attending veterinarian Oct. 9 reported the horse presented symptoms of incoordination and exhibited weakness in both hind legs. The horse responded to supportive care to control pain and inflammation and showed significant improvement in clinical signs within a week. Laboratory results confirmed West Nile Virus on Oct. 23, the BAH said.
Leon Osborne, UND Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, has died, according to multiple sources. Osborne, who joined the UND faculty in 1979, served as director of the Regional Information Center and the Surface Transportation Weather Research Center. "He was such a fine man, such an excellent faculty member, scholar, researcher, friend," said UND spokesman Peter Johnson. "My heart goes out to Kathy and his family."
ENDERLIN, N.D.-- A Fargo man was seriously injured after crashing his SUV into a combine in southeast North Dakota Saturday night. The North Dakota Highway Patrol reports 27-year-old Matthew Johnson was eastbound on Highway 46, about four miles west of Enderlin, N.D., when he approached a John Deere 8820 Combine from the rear. The combine, driven by a 15-year-old from Milnor, N.D., slowed and moved right to allow Johnson's Land Rover to pass, but the front right of the Land Rover struck the left rear of the combine, according to the Highway Patrol.
WALHALLA, N.D.-- Authorities have identified the Walhalla man killed in a one-vehicle crash in northern North Dakota Friday night. Matthew Webster was pronounced dead at scene in eastern Cavalier County after being ejected from a pickup that failed to negotiate a right hand curve at about 11:45 p.m. Friday, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. He was 33. The driver, Heinrich Penner Fehr, 31, was transported by ambulance to Pembina County Memorial Hospital. Troopers say Fehr will be charged with driving under the influence.
WALHALLA,N.D.-- One Walhalla man is dead and another recovering from injuries and charged with driving under the influence after a northern North Dakota crash Friday night. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said a 2002 Chevrolet K-1500 pickup was eastbound on 105th Street Northeast, about five miles west of Walhalla, when it failed to execute a right hand turn on to 121st Avenue Northeast and rolled. A 33-year-old male passenger was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Highway Patrol. His name was not immediately released.
FOSSTON, Minn.—Officers have arrested a man on assault charges after a juvenile was injured Thursday night in Fosston. The Polk County Sheriff's Office responded at 7:05 p.m. to a report of an assault at 300 First St. W., according to a news release. The victim was taken to Essentia Hospital and released after being treated for unknown injuries. The adult male suspect was arrested, but officers said they won't release names in the case until the man makes his first appearance in court.
ERSKINE, Minn.—A blaze has destroyed an abandoned farmhouse in Polk County. Emergency staff responded to the fire at 7:09 p.m. Wednesday at 21814 290th St. S.E., about 6 miles north of Erskine, according to a new release. The house was a total loss, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. The cause of the fire is unknown and is being investigated.
A Grand Forks driver was cited after striking an 8-year-old on a bicycle on the south end of town Wednesday afternoon. The child was evaluated by paramedics and Grand Forks firefighters and released to parents at the scene, according to the Grand Forks Police Department. The crash occurred at about 1:40 p.m. at the intersection of South Columbia Road and 40th Avenue South. Police said the 75-year-old Grand Forks resident was turning right on South Columbia Road when the driver stuck the child passing eastbound through the crosswalk.
GRAFTON, N.D.-- Gov. Doug Burgum appointed a longtime Walsh County prosecutor to a judgeship Wednesday in the Northeast Judicial District. Walsh County State's Attorney Barbara L. Whelan will begin her role as judge chambered in Grafton on Oct. 23. She replaces Judge M. Richard Geiger who retired Oct. 1 after 23 years on the bench. Whelan has been a prosecutor in Walsh County since 2006 and served as Pembina County state's attorney from 1999 to 2005. She previously worked in private practice for eight years in Grafton.
HANNAFORD, N.D.—Two semi drivers were injured Tuesday afternoon when their rigs crashed into each other in Griggs County. At 4:43 p.m., Patrick Kraemer, 60, of McHenry, N.D., was westbound on County Road 26 about 7 miles west of Hannaford when his a 2009 Peterbilt semi collided with a 2004 Peterbilt driven by Taylor Rose, 29, of Wimbledon, N.D., according to a news release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Both were sent to the hospital with unknown injuries.