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BISMARCK -- A Bismarck police officer who testified in support of a bill cracking down on minors riding in pickup truck beds said Friday, Jan. 18, that supporters have discovered the legislation is not needed. Sgt. Tim Bleth of the Bismarck Police Department said state law already doesn't allow minors to ride in pickup beds, although it's not spelled out specifically in code. North Dakota requires all vehicle occupants younger than 18 to be "properly restrained" throughout the car, according to the state Highway Patrol.
MANDAREE, N.D. -- A 30-year-old Alexander man has died from injuries suffered in a head-on collision early Thursday, Jan. 17, about 10 miles west of Mandaree. Bryan Ray Walker was driving a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado westbound on Bear Den Road at about 7 a.m. when it collided with another pickup that slid around a curve into his lane traveling eastbound, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. That vehicle was driven by 53-year-old Robert James Willey, who suffered minor injuries and was transported to the McKenzie County Hospital. Willey was wearing a seat belt.
BISMARCK -- A 28-year-old Bismarck man was indicted Thursday, Jan. 17, on charges of sexual acts with minor females, U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers said. Owen Cordell Smith was charged with three counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old, abusive sexual contact of a child under 12 and two counts of abusive sexual contact of a child between 12 and 16, a news release said.
MANDAREE, N.D. — A head-on collision in western North Dakota killed one driver and injured another. The North Dakota Highway Patrol reported that the crash happened about 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, about 10 miles west of Mandaree, in McKenzie County. A 53-year-old man from Watford City was driving a 2018 GMC Sierra east on Bear Den Road. While rounding a curve, the Sierra slid on the ice into an oncoming 2015 Chevrolet Silverado driven by a 30-year-old man from Alexander.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — A handful of stores in Upper Midwestern states are slated to close after general merchandise retailer Shopko announced it has filed voluntary petitions for financial restructuring under the Chapter 11 bankruptcy code.
DULUTH — A man is dead after being found unresponsive in a hot tub at the downtown Duluth YMCA Wednesday, Jan 16. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported that at about 8 a.m., a lifeguard noticed that Joseph Donald Robbins, 32, was submerged and unresponsive in the hot tub. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. Robbins was homeless, the sheriff’s office said.
MANKATO, Minn. — A video of a toddler from southern Minnesota whose car seat fell out of a moving vehicle onto a busy road has gone viral, gaining national and international media attention. The scene was captured by a Mankato man's dashcam and uploaded to Facebook Monday, Jan. 14.
WILLMAR, Minn. – A Fairfax man is being held in the Renville County Jail after he allegedly shot a male employee and threatened a female employee Jan. 11 at a Fairfax service station. The man who was shot, a 55-year-old from Hector, has a bullet lodged at the base of his skull that is considered inoperable, according to court records. Michael John Klatt, 59, faces three felony charges – first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault causing bodily harm and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
MANDAN, N.D. - A report of a reckless driver turned into a high-speed chase in Mandan on Monday, Jan. 15, with speeds reaching 110 mph, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The patrol said Devon Wheeler, 18, was eastbound and reportedly swerving before a trooper began pursuit of the speeding vehicle by the Sunset exit on Interstate 94. Speeds increased to 110 mph before continuing on the Expressway where the driver eventually stopped and taken into custody, the patrol said. Charges are pending against Wheeler.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Forum Communications launched a new hockey website, The RinkLive.com , this week -- in advance of 2019 Hockey Day Minnesota -- to provide coverage of college and high school teams from across Minnesota and North Dakota.