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SPRINGBROOK, N.D. — A 38-year-old man is dead and his passenger injured after a rollover crash on County Road 6 about five miles east of Springbrook early Saturday, Feb. 2. The driver was identified as Philip Burkhalter, of Epping, and the passenger as John Ramsey, 25, of Texas. Road conditions were dry, but it was windy, according to a release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
No. 7 Denver 2, North Dakota 1 An ever-so-familiar storyline played out for the Fighting Hawks on Friday: UND generated dozens of Grade-A chances, couldn’t finish on enough of them and came away with a 2-1 loss to the Denver Pioneers. Denver goalie Filip Larsson stopped 45 of 46 shots for the game. He’s now stopped 77 of 79 in his two starts against the Fighting Hawks this season. Read more here.
FFA prides itself on changing with the times. Now, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to modernize the charter of the National FFA Organization. House Resolution 439 “increases FFA’s autonomy while preserving its longstanding relationship with the U.S. Department of Education,” according to a written statement by the National FFA Organization.
MOOSE LAKE, Minn. — A Minnesota Sex Offender Program client in Moose Lake allegedly slashed a counselor’s throat with a razor blade in an incident described by state Human Services Commissioner Tony Lourey as “one of the most serious attacks of this sort we’ve seen in the history of this program.” George Mack Jr., 42, was charged Thursday, Jan. 31, with attempted premeditated first-degree murder and fourth-degree assault after authorities said he attacked two staff members at the state-operated treatment facility Tuesday.
DULUTH - Eight people were arrested in a two-day sting operation that targeted online solicitation of minors, officials announced Friday, Feb. 1. The initiative was led by the Duluth Police Department, St. Louis County Attorney’s Office and Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force, which is based at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
BISMARCK— The North Dakota Department of Health is reporting widespread influenza activity in the state for the first time this flu season. The department said Friday, Feb. 1, it isn't too late to get the flu shot, and anyone 6 months or older should be vaccinated. In North Dakota, 1,810 laboratory-identified cases of influenza have been reported this season to the health department, with most of them being children under the age of 10. Last season, one of the worst in the past 20 years in the state, there were 8,498 reported cases of the flu.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. —A 27-year-old central Minnesota man faces the prospect of prison time following his arrest for manufacturing counterfeit $20 bills in Morrison County. Derek James Merten of Lastrup was charged Jan. 14 for felony counterfeiting of currency by manufacturing or printing and gross misdemeanor counterfeiting of currently in his possession. The felony charge has a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and/or a $100,000 fine.
FARGO — Fargo police have released the identity of an elderly woman who was found dead in a car in a grocery store parking lot on Wednesday, Jan. 30, as 65-year-old Barbara Anne Barry. Police believe Barry was homeless and had been deceased in the car for a few months. They do not suspect foul play. She was not reported as a missing person, police said.
WOODBURY, Minn. — A Woodbury man is hospitalized and a woman is dead after being found this morning by police, Woodbury Police Commander John Altman said.
MINNEAPOLIS - The heat began returning to Xcel Energy customers midday Thursday to a small band of central Minnesota customers who were without natural gas service overnight. The outage in Princeton, about 45 miles north of the Twin Cities, was just part of Xcel's heating issues on Wednesday, Jan. 30, where it later requested its customers across the state to lower their thermostats to 63 degrees to conserve gas.