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ST. PAUL -- The National Collegiate Hockey Conference's Frozen Faceoff takes center stage this week as the conference holds its sixth annual conference tournament Friday and Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Rink Live, a Forum Communications' Co. website, will be bringing college hockey fans all the action off the ice with special live coverage, along with comprehensive game coverage of all games.
FARGO — North Dakota State University has named a new executive director for its Research and Technology Park. Brian Kalk, a former member of the state’s Public Service Commission and current director of energy systems development, design and operations at the University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center, will replace current tech park Executive Director Chuck Hoge, NDSU announced Tuesday, March 19. No timetable for the when Kalk would leave UND has been finalized. “I have had a rewarding two years at the EERC but I'm ecstatic to be back at NDSU!!” Kalk said in a
DEERWOOD, Minn. — A two-vehicle head-on crash killed a 70-year-old Crosby woman Wednesday, March 20, just north of Deerwood. The Minnesota State Patrol identified the woman as Barbara Jo Blood. Blood’s death comes less than a week after her husband, John A. Blood, 73, of Crosby, died in Zimmerman, according to his obituary. John Blood’s funeral service was scheduled for Saturday, but it was postponed because of Barbara’s death.
BORUP, Minn. — A man found dead in northwestern Minnesota Friday, March 15, has been identified as Ruslan Arstanaliyev, 31, from Bensalem, Pa., according the Norman County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Jeremy Thornton said the final autopsy report isn't yet available, but it is known Arstanaliyev had self-inflicted injuries. Thornton didn't say if the death was a suicide. Thornton says Arstanaliyev worked as a truck driver for RVK Express Inc. out of Naperville, Ill.
FARGO -- A 13-year minor league player and coach in the Australian Baseball League was named manager of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on Wednesday, March 20. Jim Bennett replaces Michael Schlact, who resigned to take a pitching coach position with the Milwaukee Brewers organization. The RedHawks finished 51-49 and didn’t reach the American Association playoffs. F-M hasn’t reached postseason since 2013. Bennett becomes the third manager in club history. Doug Simunic led the team for 22 years, with Schlact lasting one season.
BRAINERD, Minn. — A Crow Wing County District court judge ruled 38-year-old David Michael Otey, who stabbed his sister to death at her Crosby workplace in January 2018, is not guilty by reason of mental illness. Judge Kristine DeMay filed her order with the Brainerd court system Friday, March 15.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A judge on Tuesday found a 42-year-old man guilty of criminal vehicular homicide and careless driving, charges that stemmed from a January 2018 crash that killed a 2-year-old boy. Along with the two convictions, the judge March 19 found Jeremy Sagvold, of Sabin, not guilty of manslaughter. The decision marks the end of a bench trial that began March 4 and wrapped up on March 11, at which point the judge took the case under advisement and had seven days to reach a verdict.
BEMIDJI — Jeff Sande, the longtime Bemidji State University physical plant manager who in January pleaded guilty to spending tens of thousands of public dollars on himself, will head to jail next month. Judge Paul Benshoof on Tuesday, March 19, imposed a 90-day sentence on Sande, 45 days of which he’ll serve in Beltrami County Jail and 45 days of which will be on electronic home monitoring. He’ll be eligible for supervised release after 30 days. Sande will be on probation for up to 10 years after his sentence ends.
HAGER CITY, Wis. — Pierce County authorities recovered a body Tuesday, March 19, on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River backwaters near Hager City about 50 miles southeast of the Twin Cities. The body of a woman approximately 40 to 50 years old was removed from the water after a fisherman reported finding it around 12:20 p.m. near Everts Resort in the town of Trenton, Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove said. A news release states Pierce County Medical Examiner John Worsing pronounced the woman dead at the scene.
OLIVIA, Minn. — Ronny Ray Oleson, 59, of Olivia, is being held in the Renville County Jail on $100,000 unconditional bail on charges that he sexually assaulted a young girl over a nearly two-year period. Oleson made his first court appearance Monday. He is charged with two felony counts – criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and criminal sexual conduct in the second degree. The victim was under the age of 13 at the time of the alleged assault.