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PIERRE, S.D.—Black Hills State University wants to offer South Dakota's first master degree in American Indian studies. The state Board of Regents will decide in the coming days whether Black...
Authorities have released the name of the truck driver who pulled his propane tanker in front of a train in Callaway last week, causing a train derailment, fire and explosion in the city. Biya Abdella Buta, 31, is from Mandan; he was not injured in the crash.
MINOT, N.D. -- A registered sex offender who was playing an Easter Bunny at a Minot mall has been arrested. Daniel Sanderson, 24, of Minot was nabbed by police after a tip came in that he was being employed by a temporary employment service to serve as the bunny at Dakota Square Mall. Police said neither the employment agency nor the mall knew he was a sex offender.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A Grand Forks jail inmate has been charged after video captured him bending parts of two cell doors so they wouldn't lock, according to court documents. Billy Ray Hackler, 58, was charged Thursday in Grand Forks District Court with criminal mischief, a Class A misdemeanor. He's been in court on other charges recently, including for leading police on a chase and for abandoning more than two dozen cats in his Grand Forks apartment.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton announced Friday the appointment of Amy Doll of Morris as district court judge in Minnesota’s Eighth Judicial District. The counties in the judicial district are Big Stone, Chippewa, Grant, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Meeker, Pope, Renville, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wilkin, and Yellow Medicine Counties. Doll is replacing the Judge Gerald Siebel and will be chambered at Elbow Lake in Grant County.
Jim Carlson is making his pitch to the nation's highest court. As expected, attorneys for the imprisoned former owner of the Last Place on Earth head shop in downtown Duluth have filed a petition seeking to have the U.S. Supreme Court hear the case. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in January denied Carlson's bid to overturn his 51 federal convictions and 17½-year prison sentence stemming from a 2013 trial that was perhaps the most significant synthetic-drug prosecution in the country.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—A 38-year-old man was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for robbing a Thief River Falls gas station with a machete last summer. Adrian Daniel Staples, Thief River Falls, was charged in Pennington County District Court with aggravated robbery and felon in possession of a firearm, both felonies, last July. He was sentenced to 84 months in prison for aggravated robbery, with credit for 258 days served. The felon in possession of a firearm charge was dismissed.
CALLAWAY, Minn. -- The evacuation of the town of Callaway was lifted as of 10 a.m. Friday. Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander says the threat to the public has passed; residents will be allowed back into their homes and all roads will be open.
SUNBURG, Minn. -- A bank robbery at the Lake Region Bank in Sunburg in west-central Minnesota was reported late Thursday morning. According to an initial report from the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, the robbery was first reported at 11:53 a.m. at the bank at 219 Front St., about 20 miles northwest of Willmar, Minn. According to the report, the single alleged robber was wearing a mask and was driving a blue van. Numerous law enforcement officers responded to the scene.
MOORHEAD—A 38-year-old man who suffered an apparent heroin overdose Wednesday evening, March 23, survived the ordeal after he was given the overdose reversal drug Narcan by paramedics. The incident was reported about 11:30 p.m. at a residence in south Moorhead, said Moorhead police Lt. Tory Jacobson. He said the victim collapsed and stopped breathing due to a suspected overdose of heroin and his life was likely saved after F-M Ambulance paramedics administered Narcan. The man was taken to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo.