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    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that he will retire at the end of February, two years before the end of his term. He said the decision was driven by ongoing health issues, which have gotten worse in the last few years. “While I look forward to my retirement, I am also saddened...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge in North Dakota has thrown out another lawsuit alleging officers used excessive force during the Dakota Access Pipeline protest in 2017. The lawsuit by Eric Poemoceah is the second such lawsuit to be dismissed in recent weeks. The complaint, filed last April, said the Oklahoma man was tackled...
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say an Edmunds County man died after his utility terrain vehicle broke through lake ice in northeastern South Dakota. The Argus Leader reports 81-year-old Eugene Conn, Sr., of Roscoe, died Saturday after his vehicle plunged through the ice on Hosmer Lake, southwest of Hosmer. Edmunds County Sheriff Todd Holtz...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — With the Geminid meteor shower happening this week and visible in many parts of the state, the Minnesota State Patrol is sharing an image one of their troopers. The patrol said that an officer caught what appears to be a meteor streaking across the sky while patrolling in Dakota County Wednesday morning....
    First Responders rescued a dog that was caught on an ice floe in a river in frozen North Dakota, according to local news station KVRR.  The chocolate labrador named Lola was caught in the river. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Craig Keller, “The dog was pretty much in the dead middle of...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — A Savage man who pleaded guilty to causing fire damage to a Dakota County courthouse in the days after George Floyd’s death in police custody has been sentenced to 78 months in prison. Fornandous Henderson, 33, and an accomplice were charged with arson and possession of Molotov cocktails. Prosecutors say Henderson and...
    By ARIELLE ZIONTS, Rapid City Journal RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — South Dakotans should expect legal consequences if they’re caught smoking or selling marijuana before new laws go into effect July 1 and will continue to face restrictions after that. “I caution people not to get ahead of themselves,” said Mark Vargo, Pennington County State’s...
    SIOX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say one man is dead after a rollover crash in Spink County. T he Argus Leader reports the crash happened at 7:35 a.m. Wednesday, about 10 miles southeast of Conde on Highway 20. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says the 22-year-old man’s vehicle went into a ditch and rolled....
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials on Sunday reported 19 new hospitalizations due to the coronavirus, putting the number of patients requiring treatment in medical facilities back over the 300 mark. The update showed 1,150 positive COVID-19 tests in the last day, for a total of 72,683 cases since the start of the...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials on Monday reported a new high in the number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19, following a weekend in which the state enacted new measures in an effort to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum late Friday announced the restrictions, including ordering...
    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Fargo man is accused of leading authorities on a lengthy pursuit Sunday night. Clay County deputies chased the vehicle into Cass County where they lost sight of the car. Cass County deputies later spotted the car which fled at a high rate of speed on a gravel road, KFGO reported....
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials on Tuesday reported 30 new deaths due to complications from the coronavirus, one day after Gov. Doug Burgum announced measures to try to ease stress on the state's healthcare system. It is the highest daily death toll since the start of the pandemic and increased the total...
    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota and Minnesota residents who have been fighting plans for a Red River diversion channel around the Fargo-Moorhead area have agreed to a settlement with the public group managing the project. Monday’s agreement should end a federal lawsuit filed by upstream residents in 2013 as well as other complaints and...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials on Sunday reported 851 new cases of the coronavirus, the lowest total since the state set a daily record with 1,038 positive tests on Thursday. The update showed eight new deaths, including three people in their 60s, three in their 80s and two in their 90s. It...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Republican Gov. Doug Burgum said Saturday that election workers in the GOP-run state should be allowed to begin processing absentee ballots five days before the Nov. 3 election. Burgum said in a release he signed an executive order to give workers enough time to verify voter information and “ensure...
    DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) — A western South Dakota man arrested Tuesday faces over two dozen charges for allegedly neglecting and starving more than 30 dogs, prosecutors said. Thomas Mraz, of Whitewood, was charged Monday with five counts of animal cruelty and 26 counts of neglect, abandonment or mistreatment, Lawrence County State’s Attorney John Fitzgerald said....
    Getty Passengers wait to disembark the plane on their arrival at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, on April 23, 2020. On Sunday, officials said that a Texas woman in her 30s died of COVID-19 while on a flight from Arizona to Texas. While her death was just reported by Dallas County on...
    Rural Jerauld County in South Dakota didn't see a single case of the coronavirus for more than two months stretching from June to August. But over the last two weeks, its rate of new cases per person soared to one of the highest in the nation. "All of a sudden it hit, and as it...
    HARWOOD, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol has released the names of the victims of a deadly crash in Harwood, north of Fargo. KFGO-AM reports the crash happened just before 10 a.m. Friday. Authorities said a minivan driven by Jeannette Arnold, 76, of Esmond, failed to stop at the intersection of Cass County...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's daily positivity rate for COVID-19 topped 10% for the sixth time in the last seven days as health officials on Sunday reported 716 new cases, including three counties with more than 100 positive tests. The state has now surpassed 400 deaths. The update lifted the total number of the...
    WESSINGTON SPRINGS, SOUTH DAKOTA - Rural Jerauld County in South Dakota didn't see a single case of the coronavirus for more than two months stretching from June to August. But over the last two weeks, its rate of new cases per person soared to one of the highest in the nation. "All of a sudden...
    WESSINGTON SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) — Rural Jerauld County in South Dakota didn’t see a single case of the coronavirus for more than two months stretching from June to August. But over the last two weeks, its rate of new cases per person soared to one of the highest in the nation. “All of a sudden...
    WESSINGTON SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) — Rural Jerauld County in South Dakota didn’t see a single case of the coronavirus for more than two months stretching from June to August. But over the last two weeks, its rate of new cases per person soared to one of the highest in the nation. “All of a sudden...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials said Monday the number of active COVID-19 cases rose for the fifth straight day in the state that leads the nation in the number of new cases per capita in the last two weeks. The update showed 475 positive tests in the last day, for a total...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials on Sunday reported a record number of new active COVID-19 cases in the last day, as well as positive virus tests in all but seven of the state's 53 counties. The update showed 257 active cases statewide, for a total of 4,426 people who are currently infected....
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials on Monday confirmed 12 new hospitalizations and three deaths due to complications from the coronavirus. The results lifted the state's total to 277 deaths and 112 hospitalizations. The fatalities included a woman in her 90s from McHenry Count, a woman in her 80s from Stark County and...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's two most populous counties continue to top 600 active cases of the coronavirus, according to figures released Sunday by the state Department of Health. Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, has 665 active cases and Cass County, which includes Fargo, has 623 active cases. There are 3,779 active cases statewide,...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials on Saturday reported 443 new cases of the coronavirus, bumping the total to more than 23,000 positive tests since the start of the pandemic. Officials said active cases of COVID-19 increased by 45, to a total of 3,784, and seven deaths were confirmed in the last day....
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Department of Health officials on Sunday reported 412 new cases of the coronavirus, for a total of 2,849 positive tests in seven days and 21,541 cases since the pandemic began. The number of active cases increased by 48, to a record 3,790. Hospitalizations rose by three to 216...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's active cases of the coronavirus rose by nearly 100 in the last day and four new deaths due to complications of the virus were reported Sunday by state health officials. The fatalities included a man in his 60s from Bottineau County, a woman in her 80s from Bottineau County,...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Health on Thursday reported eight additional deaths due to complications from the coronavirus, raising the eight-day total to 34 and the overall total to 212. The latest fatalities included five combined in Burleigh and Morton counties, considered the state's hot spot in the last two months....
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials said Sunday that active cases of the coronavirus dropped by 102 in the last day, decreasing the total number to 2,843. The report comes one day after the state reached 200 deaths due to complications from COVID-19. Officials confirmed two more deaths Sunday, both elderly men...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials on Saturday reported eight more coronavirus-related deaths, all in Morton County. The deaths included a woman in her 80s, a woman in her 90s, three men in their 80s and three men in their 90s. All had underlying health conditions. Neighboring Burleigh County, which includes the Bismarck...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials reported five more deaths related to COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing to 10 the number of people who died from coronavirus in the past two days. Seven of the deaths in the past two days have been in Burleigh County, which tallied four deaths on Thursday. Health officials...
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A gathering at the Lake of the Ozarks is bringing tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to Missouri, generating worry that the state’s already fast-growing number of coronavirus cases could spike even higher. Bikefest Lake of the Ozarks drew about 125,000 people last year. The event, which began Wednesday, bills itself...
    MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A drug task force says it's taken more than 5,000 fentanyl pills off the streets in the largest seizure of its type in the Minot area. The Ward County Narcotics Task Force says the fentanyl has a street value of $350,000. A 25-year-old Minot man has been arrested in the case....
    South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg reported hitting a deer with his car on Saturday night but actually killed a pedestrian whose body was not found until the next day, state investigators said Monday. Ravnsborg's office has said he immediately called 911 after the accident on a rural stretch of U.S. Highway 14 and did...
    GROTON, S.D. (AP) — A single-engine plane crashed in eastern South Dakota, killing two people, officials said. The Brown County Sheriff's Office said the plane went down north of Groton on Sunday near the airport where the Groton Fly-in/Drive-in was held this weekend. Scott Meints, Brown County Emergency Management director, said the crash was related...
    GROTON, S.D. (AP) — A single-engine plane crashed in eastern South Dakota, killing two people, officials said. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office said the plane went down north of Groton on Sunday near the airport where the Groton Fly-in/Drive-in was held this weekend. Scott Meints, Brown County Emergency Management director, said the crash was...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials on Sunday confirmed 431 new positive cases of the coronavirus, after more than 8,500 tests in the last day. The cases included 90 in Burleigh County, 87 in Cass County, 42 in Morton County, 38 in Stutsman County and 35 in Stark County. The report listed one new...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials reported 468 new positive coronavirus cases and three more deaths on Saturday. The number of new positive cases included 61 in Burleigh County and 51 in neighboring Morton County. The counties that include the Bismarck metropolitan area have taken over as the state’s hot spot for the...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota county that is among the COVID-19 hot spots in the state has voted unanimously against creating a public mask mandate. The Bismarck Tribune reports nearly a dozen people spoke out against the idea at the Morton County Commission meeting on Thursday. Morton and Burleigh counties include the Bismarck...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials reported 337 new positive coronavirus cases and three more deaths on Thursday. The number of new positive cases included 62 in Burleigh County and 34 in neighboring Morton County. The counties that include the Bismarck metropolitan area have taken over as the state’s hot spot for the...
    A Prior Lake man charged Friday with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of assault is accused of luring Burnsville police officers to his mother’s home and shooting at them from the window. According to the Dakota County Attorney’s office, Ricardo Manuel Baldazo, 39, allegedly made a 911 call Wednesday morning saying someone...
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