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ST. PAUL — A Prior Lake, Minn., contractor was sentenced Wednesday, Feb. 1, in U.S. District Court to nearly seven years in prison for a series of fraud and money laundering schemes he used to acquire at least $3 million during the early 2010s. Gerard Leonard Roy, 56, received 82 months in prison for using seven construction companies he owned to fraudulently receive public and governmental contracts between 2010 and 2015, according to a state Department of Commerce press release.
AYER, Mass. — Danny Heinrich, the killer of Jacob Wetterling, is expected to serve the remainder of his prison sentence at a federal prison outside Boston. Heinrich is an inmate at the Federal Medical Center Devens in Ayer, Mass., about 40 miles northwest of Boston. FMC Devens is a prison for male inmates who require specialized long-term care, according to the prison’s website. Heinrich, 53, is listed as inmate No. 18854-041, with a release date of March 28, 2033, on the U.S. Bureau of Prisons database.
BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum said Tuesday, Jan. 17, he supports efforts to streamline North Dakota oil spill reporting to make information more accessible to the public. The comments came as Burgum led his first meeting as chairman of the North Dakota Industrial Commission during discussion on a bill related to reporting on oilfield spills.
MINNEAPOLIS — Defensive tackle Linval Joseph will become the fifth Minnesota Vikings at this season's Pro Bowl. Joseph was added to the NFC roster Thursday, Jan. 12, replacing Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald, who will miss the game due to injury. The seventh-year player will play in his first career Pro Bowl on Jan. 29 in Orlando. He will be joined by defensive end Everson Griffen, kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson, cornerback Xavier Rhodes and safety Harrison Smith.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Senate overwhelmingly rejected a resolution that would have, if approved by voters, removed the State Hospital from the state Constitution Tuesday, Jan. 10. The change would have struck language from a section of the North Dakota Constitution that lists the State Hospital in Jamestown as one of the public institutions “permanently located” across the state. The resolution would have put the change to voters in 2018.
MINNEAPOLIS — In most formats, Week 14 is the beginning of the end for fantasy owners.
MINNEAPOLIS — It's time to start heading down the home stretch, fantasy owners. Any fantasy football player worth anything knows the season isn't won in the draft. Injuries can really derail what you thought was a promising season. The same can be said for the real-life players we bank on for our lineups. Several fantasy studs were placed on injured reserve, but some are gearing up for a late-season return. Here's a look at a few of those guys and what impact they could have on your fantasy season stretch run:
MINNEAPOLIS — A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, fantasy owners! It is my hope that you get to gorge yourselves with good food and a strong slate of Thanksgiving Day football. (Who would have thought Minnesota and Detroit would be playing for the division lead on Turkey Day?)
MINNEAPOLIS — I'm not a newbie to fantasy football. Heck, I get paid to write about it. But, full disclosure: my main team is saddled with a 4-5 record. "So much for being an expert," you say. Well, just like the NFL, there are players and teams who overperform (see: the pre-bye week Minnesota Vikings) and those who underperform (more on that below). Everybody's got their own excuses, but I'll share with your my top two excuses you can take back to your leagues to help you save face. The injured
MINNEAPOLIS—Whether it's injury or by design, young quarterbacks have been thrust into starting roles across the NFL during the first half of the season. Some of them have exceeded expectations, while others have experienced plenty of growing pains. Here's my take on couple first- and second-year QBs and what their future may hold—through the rest of this season and beyond.