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Police have ruled the death of a man whose body was found in October on a main street in Grand Forks to be accidental. Investigators with the Grand Forks Police Department said 25-year-old Tyler Rodriguez died as a result of diabetes, hypothermia and ingesting meth. The Grand Forks man was found Oct. 9 lying outside a vacant house at 720 N. Washington St. He was found shirtless, and police believe his body had been out in the elements for hours.
OLIVIA, Minn. — A convenience store employee is hospitalized after being shot Friday morning at a combination gas station, convenience store and auto repair shop in Fairfax. The Renville County Sheriff’s Office said a suspect has been arrested. The Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from the store at 7:59 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, reporting that someone inside the office had been shot. Subsequent information was received indicating the suspect had been disarmed and the victim had been shot in the hand and face, the department said in a news release.
BISMARCK - Gov. Doug Burgum appointed a Minot bank officer and re-appointed Nick Hacker of Bismarck to the North Dakota Board of Higher Education on Friday, Jan. 11, pending Senate approval. Timothy Mihalick, a business development officer at First Western Bank & Trust, will fill the expired term of Greg Stemen, who retired from the board in September. Stemen's unexpired term ends June 30, the governor's office said.
GORDON, Wis. — A 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who had been missing since October has been found alive in rural Douglas County, Wisconsin, on Thursday, Jan. 10, authorities said.
MINNEAPOLIS — A 78-year-old Brainerd woman died Saturday, Jan. 5, at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis after suffering complications of thermal injuries in a burning incident a day earlier, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office reported. The examiner’s office identified the woman as Janet Arlene Fraune.
FARGO — Former North Dakota State star running back Tyler Roehl will be the Bison's new offensive coordinator while it appears Northern Iowa assistant David Braun will be named defensive coordinator. Those moves were among a handful of promotions and hires made by new NDSU head coach Matt Entz as he rounds out his staff after being hired to replace Chris Klieman, who was recently named head coach at Kansas State.
ST. PAUL - More than 300 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota combined to make 2,757 arrests for drunken driving during a holiday enforcement campaign, an increase of nearly 4 percent from 2,656 a year ago. During the Nov. 21-Dec. 29 campaign, 15 drivers were reported to have a blood-alcohol content level of .30 or higher, the highest being .424 reported by University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) police, the Department of Public Safety said. Among the arrests:
BISMARCK - Energy Transfer donated $2 to the University of Mary on Tuesday, Jan. 8, as part of the university’s new Workforce Development Initiative, an educational effort to lead to job creation in North Dakota, the school said. The donation is part of a $5 million package announced last April of which $3 million went to the Mary’s new School of Engineering.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — The victim’s told Joshua Holby she doesn’t blame his family or harbor any ill feelings toward them. However, she told him, as well as everyone in the courtroom, that she does feel hatred toward him and that she will never forgive him for what he did to her daughter. Holby, 32, was sentenced in Douglas County District Court by Judge Timothy Churchwell to 86 months in prison after pleading guilty in September to two counts of kidnapping, a felony-level offense. Under the guidelines and because he has no prior criminal record, Holby received the 86-month sentence.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Tom Rukavina, a feisty Iron Range politician who made his mark in the Minnesota House and ended his political career last week as a St. Louis County commissioner, has died. Rukavina, 68, died Monday, Dec. 7, after a yearlong battle with leukemia. Rukavina died at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, where he was being treated to receive a bone marrow transplant.