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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- An East Grand Forks man accused of setting fire to a Somali restaurant in Grand Forks now faces federal charges, but it remains unclear if the attack was a hate crime. Matthew William Gust, 25, was charged with arson, a Class B felony, in Grand Forks District Court after police say he started a fire on Dec. 8 that destroyed Juba Coffee House and Restaurant at 2017 S. Washington St. He was arrested Dec. 14 at a Super 8 Motel in Fosston, Minn.
CROOKSTON, Minn. - A Crookston man knew the victim of a sex crime with which he's been charged, according to a complaint. Enriques Luis Schehr, 30, was charged this week with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13 years old in Polk County District Court.
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. -- A break-in suspect is dead after a fire that burned a convenience store near International Falls late Wednesday. “We recovered a body from the building and that’s our suspect,” said Koochiching County Sheriff Perryn Hedlund.
BISMARCK — Two big-money winners in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing were sold in North Dakota, the state lottery commission said Thursday.
BISMARCK -- After an hours-long lockdown of campus, a Bismarck Police Department spokesman says officers have a teenage suspect in custody in connection to threats of “shooting up” Bismarck State College. Sgt. Mark Buschena told the media police had arrested a 16-year-old male suspect this afternoon as he was driving northbound on State Highway 83.
DULUTH, Minn. -- A 55-year-old Duluth man injured in a crash near the Blatnik Bridge on Monday has died, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. Terry C. Hamm was pronounced dead early Wednesday morning at St. Luke’s hospital, according to a State Patrol report.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Monday sided with Enbridge Energy and rejoined the need and route permit proceedings for the proposed Sandpiper Pipeline after previously splitting them up.
CROOKSTON—A Fosston, Minn., woman has avoided jail time in connection to an August drug bust near a school. Jessica Ann Holm, 27, was sentenced Tuesday in Polk County District Court to 15 years probation for third-degree possession of drugs in a school zone. In August, four individuals, Holm included, were charged with drug crimes after Polk County Sheriff's deputies found more than $350 worth of meth. Michelle Kathryn Maruska, 38, Bemidji, as well as James Alan Hanson, 35, and Julia Gloria Holm, 25, both of Fosston, also were arrested during the bust.
ANOKA, Minn. -- Two people died Tuesday morning in Anoka County after a head-on collision left one vehicle engulfed in flames with a child inside. A man who witnessed the accident around 8:50 a.m. in the 200 block of Viking Boulevard Northeast in Linwood Township saw the small child buckled into the back seat of the car and pulled the child to safety, according to the Anoka County sheriff’s office. The good Samaritan was identified as Thomas Rush, 35, of Grandy, Minn.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The deadline was extended by one day for those who wanted to apply to design logos for UND's Fighting Hawks nickname. The school issued on Dec. 12 a request for proposal, also known as an RFP, seeking a designer or firm to create logos using public input and develop a graphic identity.