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VELVA, N.D. — A 24-year-old California man is dead after failing to stop at an intersection about 4 miles south of Velva. The crash occurred at 10:12 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, during clear weather conditions. He was traveling east on Highway 23 in a 2007 Dodge Dakota when he failed to stop at the intersection with Highway 41.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. - One of the two men arrested in connection with the Dec. 8 shooting in Alexandria has been formally charged and bail has been set. New details have also emerged about the events that led up to the shooting, involving allegations of robbery, arson, a fake kidnapping, a requested exchange of meth for stolen property and a claim of self-defense.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- In approving a strategic vision plan looking ahead to 2030, Augustana University said Thursday night, Dec. 13, that Division I athletics will be in its future.
DULUTH — The man accused in Monday’s fatal shooting in the Gary-New Duluth neighborhood said his relationship with the victim grew increasingly hostile, according to court records. Brian Ross Shaw, 34, now of Hibbing, was formally charged in front of Judge Eric Hylden on Thursday, Dec. 13, with second-degree felony manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Kevin John Weiss, 35, of Duluth. If convicted, he would face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.
Several bomb threats have been reported around the country, including at 20 North Dakota hospitals, several Minnesota businesses and South Dakota schools. Hospitals in Wishek, Elgin, and Tioga in North Dakota were among those reporting bomb threats or emergency situations on Thursday, Dec. 13. The hospitals locked down, evacuated or closed following the threats, though most resumed normal operation by Thursday evening.
BISMARCK — A federal appeals court affirmed a lower court's decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a group of Morton County landowners alleging they signed easement contracts along the Dakota Access Pipeline route based on "various misrepresentations" Thursday, Dec. 13. The plaintiffs alleged other landowners received more money for easements allowing pipeline construction on their land despite being told they received the best price for anyone in Morton County.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- A wintry night celestial display is in store as the Geminid meteor shower promises one of the strongest showings of the year Thursday, Dec. 13, and Friday. And this year, mild temperatures in the 20s should provide for more pleasant viewing -- as long as the clouds give way as predicted. The National Weather Service forecast calls for mostly clear skies with a slight southern breeze.
DULUTH - Issues with hill braking and on-board heat led the Duluth Transit Authority to pull its new fleet of electric buses from routes on the last day of November. A hill-hold feature on the buses’ brake systems was not catching in time, and buses taking off uphill were rolling back too far from bus stops and traffic signals.
WALKER, Minn. — A Cass County man has been charged with second-degree murder after allegedly stabbing his mother multiple times at her home in Bena. In addition to the homicide charge, Thomas Wayne Matthews, 34, is facing three counts of second-degree assault and one count of fifth-degree assault after an incident at a Bena business in late November. Bena is located 35 miles east of Bemidji on the Leech Lake Reservation.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum appointed Michelle Kommer to lead the state Department of Commerce, the governor's office said Tuesday, Dec. 11, after the agency's previous head resigned because he sent an inappropriate email to staffers.