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FARGO — A person responsible for the name-gathering process of a newspaper campaign ad that misused women’s names as victims of sexual assault has been fired, Julia Krieger, the communications director for Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, confirmed Wednesday, Oct. 17. Krieger said that person will not be named. The newspaper ad, which ran in several Forum Communications Co. newspapers and other newspapers statewide Sunday, identified 127 women as victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or rape. Since its release, several women have come forward stating that they never gave the Heitkamp campaign permission to use their names in the ad.
CHASKA, Minn. — Two bodies pulled from a murky pond here Sunday evening, Oct. 14, have been confirmed by friends and family members to be the two missing 19-year-old cousins who went missing early Saturday morning while on a break from work. Bushra Abdi and Zeynab "Hapsa" Abdalla, both of Shakopee, went missing around 3 a.m. Saturday, Habsa Abdi, Bushra's sister, told the Star Tribune. Abdalla, who goes by Hapsa, was driving from her workplace at Amazon to a Chaska nursing home where Bushra worked, according to Habsa Abdi.
NEW YORK — If "Saturday Night Live" catches wind of a story for its "Weekend Update" segment, you know it must be bizarre. That was exactly the case with a recent story out of Mandan, N.D., where a man, allegedly high on methamphetamines, stripped naked and climbed into the holy water font during Mass at a local Catholic church Tuesday, Oct. 9. The story, originally reported by The Bismarck Tribune, was featured in the most-recent episode of Saturday Night Live that aired this past Saturday, Oct. 13.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Zimmerman running back Camerin Morey broke through the line and with 80 yards left to cover to the end zone, all 11 St. Cloud Cathedral defenders were behind him. He certainly wasn’t counting on a 12th coming from the sideline. Brad Reuter, a Cathedral senior captain, ran onto the field and tackled Morey at the 12-yard near the end of the game Friday night, Oct.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — A Twin Cities mother is drawing mixed reactions after she wore her 1-year-old son on her back Friday, Oct. 5, while giving an on-air weather forecast. Susie Martin, who is a meteorologist with Eden Prairie-based weather company Praedictix, said she wore her son to work to promote International Babywearing Week, an annual week-long outreach event that promotes babywearing as a universally accepted practice.
MILWAUKEE — The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum on Thursday, Oct. 11, unveiled another North Dakota State University-themed bobblehead, this time commemorating the football teams' six FCS National Championships. The officially licensed, limited edition bobblehead features Thunday, the NDSU team mascot, holding two replica national championship trophies, with four additional replica trophies on the base of the bobblehead, which is in the shape of the 2017 National Championship logo.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — A Minnesota state lawmaker is making national headlines after a video clip showing him ripping a microphone away from his challenger and then lobbing it back towards her during an event here Monday, Oct. 8, spread online. The incident occurred during a legislative forum at the Rochester Public Library sponsored by the League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. The forum was an open debate between incumbent GOP state Rep. Duane Quam (R-25A) and DFL challenger Jamie Mahlberg.
FARGO — Sarah Haeder began protesting outside abortion clinics when she was in third grade. Haeder, 41, of Moorhead, grew up in Emery, S.D., a small town of just over 400 people located 25 miles southeast of Mitchell, and was raised in a family she described as “devout Roman Catholics.” Haeder’s anti-abortion roots were instilled in her by her grandparents, who, Haeder said, “played a key role in my upbringing.” During the summer months of third and fourth grade, Haeder tagged along with her grandparents as they traveled to abortion clinics throughout the Midwest to protest.
MOORHEAD — Congressman Keith Ellison, the Democratic candidate for Minnesota attorney general, held a roundtable discussion Tuesday, Oct. 9, on the campus of Minnesota State University Moorhead to discuss how to make voting in the state more fair and accessible to all. Joining Ellison was Nate Aalgaard, executive director of the Freedom Resource Center for Independent Living, Mark Altenburg, Moorhead school board member, and a group of three students from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
An 8-year-old girl who grew up in the Twin Cities and now lives in Sweden made the discovery of a lifetime earlier this summer while skipping rocks in a Swedish lake: a 1,500-year-old pre-Viking age sword. Saga Vanecek, who lives with her family in Sweden after spending the first seven years of her life in Minnesota, pulled the 33-inch sword from the bottom of the murky lake, held it up in the air and declared “Daddy, I found a sword!” her father, Andy Vanecek said in a recent Facebook post.