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FARGO – Cellphone users in the region might be left wondering what a Thursday, Jan. 18, alert means. Authorities issued a “blue alert” shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday telling residents to check local news outlets for more information. A blue alert is activated when a suspect is at large after killing or seriously injuring a law enforcement officer, or when an officer has been abducted or is missing.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Lisa Fair McEvers will seek re-election this year, she announced Thursday, Jan. 18. McEvers is running for a full 10-year term on the court after winning an uncontested race in 2016 to fill out the final two years of former Justice Mary Maring's term. A former assistant state's attorney in Cass County, state labor commissioner and district judge, McEvers was first appointed to the state Supreme Court in 2014 by then-Gov. Jack Dalrymple after Maring's retirement.
BISMARCK -- A pump failure caused a saltwater and oil spill in in Bottineau County in far north-central North Dakota near the Canadian border over the weekend, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said Tuesday, Jan. 16.
Protesters blocked entrances to Wells Fargo in downtown Duluth on Friday, Jan. 12, including the security gate, preventing the bank from opening. Members of the Duluth Police Department, including Chief Mike Tusken, are negotiating with three protesters locked onto a door and the gate in an effort to end the protest.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A 54-year-old Fargo man was rescued from a deer stand just outside of Detroit Lakes Thursday morning, Jan. 11, after spending what had to have been a long, harrowing night there. According to the Becker County Sheriff’s Department, the man had been trying to hitchhike, but was unable to catch a ride when the blizzard rolled in Wednesday night, forcing him to find shelter in a nearby deer stand.
MITCHELL, S.D. — The Northwoods League is out in Mitchell, at least for now. The city of Mitchell on Friday, Jan. 12, said the Northwoods League will not be fielding a team in Mitchell this year. "Expansion is possible for 2019 but expansion will not be determined until a later date," according to a statement from Nathan Powell, Mitchell Parks and Recreation director.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. – Law enforcement officials are trying to piece together the circumstances that led to an unidentified woman being dropped off at the Naytahwaush Clinic in northwest Minnesota with a gunshot wound on Tuesday. The woman has only identified herself with a nickname, and investigators believe she is from outside this area, Mahnomen County Sheriff Doug Krier said Wednesday, Jan. 10.
BISMARCK—Coal production climbed to its highest point in nearly a decade at North Dakota's five lignite mines last year, an industry group said Wednesday, Jan. 10. The 29.1 million tons produced was the most since 2009, according to the Lignite Energy Council. The Freedom Mine north of Beulah, the largest lignite mine in the country, produced 14.7 million tons.
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CROOKSTON, Minn. — An East Grand Forks, Minn., man has died in a crash near Crookston, and two other victims were sent to the hospital. Multiple agencies responded at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday to the crash about 10 miles east of Crookston on U.S. Highway 2, where a 2005 plumbing truck rear-ended a 1974 Ford F45 tractor truck, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The two vehicles were eastbound.