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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.
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.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson on Tuesday, Dec. 11 brought a lawsuit against a Virginia-based tax settlement company, alleging the group broke state consumer protection laws. The company, Wall and Associates, Inc., didn't register in the state and collected from customers before fully delivering services, the lawsuit alleges. Minnesota law requires tax debt settlement groups to file with the state and to fully deliver services before collecting payment.
MANDAN, N.D. — A man allegedly stole a tow truck in Mandan on Monday then drove it into a slough as he was trying to flee from police. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Mandan police received a report of a stolen tow truck around 12:45 p.m. Dec. 10. A trooper saw the truck on Interstate 94 near the Bismarck a short time later and tried to stop the vehicle. The driver didn't stop; instead he fled east and eventually turned off exit 176, near McKenzie and headed south.
Kansas State is expected to offer North Dakota State coach Chris Klieman the head football coaching job, according to longtime college football journalist Bruce Feldman. “All indications point to him accepting the job & he’s expected to coach NDSU as far as they go in FCS Playoffs,” Feldman wrote on Twitter. Another report from ESPN said the hire is done and Klieman is expected to make $2.3 million per year with $200,000 annual raises.