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BISMARCK – Law enforcement officers and Dakota Access Pipeline protesters are engaged in a standoff Wednesday, Nov. 2, on the banks of a creek between the main protest camp and pipeline construction area. Morton County spokeswoman Donnell Preskey said protesters are trying to gain access to private property known as the Cannonball Ranch. Protesters had tried to build a wooden pedestrian bridge across the Cantapeta Creek, but law enforcement used a boat to pull the bridge apart.
BISMARCK – President Barack Obama says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking at whether there are ways to reroute the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline to address the concerns of Native Americans who fear it will desecrate sacred lands and contaminate their water supply if it leaks. The president was asked about intervening in the four-state, $3.8 billion pipeline during an interview with online news outlet NowThis.
ROSEAU COUNTY, Minn. -- Hundreds of pigs that died in a farming accident in northern Minnesota were disposed of in a rendering plant, authorities say. Michael Crusan, communications director of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, said that 473 pigs died in a farming accident in Roseau County on Oct. 26.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- A Thief River Falls man was sentenced to serve more than five years in state prison for his role in a May 2015 crash that killed a Warren man. Scott Wayne Srnsky, 42, was convicted of criminal vehicular manslaughter, a felony, in August for the death of Jacob James Kasprowicz, 29, in what authorities described as a meth-fueled game of chicken. On Monday, he was sentenced to serve 68 months in state correctional facilities. He will receive credit for 483 days served.
FARGO – Photos of people dressed as Dakota Access Pipeline protesters for Halloween have shown up on Facebook, raising the ire of some commenters, online news outlets reported.
Three underage partygoers were rescued Sunday morning after having spent a night outside in rural Hibbing. The St. Louis County Rescue Squad located the three juveniles at 8 a.m., several hours after the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office arrived to investigate a party complaint, a sheriff’s office news release reported.
WILLMAR, Minn. – A Willmar teen has pleaded guilty to a felony charge alleging she posted a bomb threat directed toward the Willmar Public School District. Kaillie Lynn Yanez, 17, was charged Oct. 5 with threats of violence and terroristic threats, both felonies. She pleaded guilty late last week in Kandiyohi County District Court to threats of violence. The terroristic threats charge will be dismissed at a disposition hearing, set for Dec. 8.
ST. PAUL -- Angler Kanchic Yang of St. Paul has caught the state record by weight white bass -- and he didn’t have to travel to lake country. Yang was fishing with a minnow and 8-pound test line on Oct. 10 at Vadnais Lake in Ramsey County when he hooked the new record white bass. The fish weighed 4 pounds, 8 ounces, was 20 inches long and had a girth of 16 inches. The previous record of 4 pounds, 2 ounces stood since 2004.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders are discussing how they can deal with soaring health insurance premiums. Dayton spokesman Sam Fettig said the governor plans to meet Tuesday morning, Nov. 1, with House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown. The governor's met with Senate Minority Leader David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, on Monday and he has spoken to Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook, and House Minority leader Paul Thissen, D-Minneapolis..
WALKER, Minn. — A grand jury has indicted a Coon Rapids man for the murder of 5-year-old Alayna Jeanne Ertl this past August. Zachary Todd Anderson, 25, was arraigned Friday, Oct. 28, in Cass County District Court in Walker for premeditated first-degree murder and numerous other charges.