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CROOKSTON—An Olso, Minn, man who faces multiple charges has been trafficking cocaine in northwest Minnesota, drug task force agents said Friday.
GRAND FORKS -- A man has been pronounced dead by medical officials after being found unresponsive Friday morning at the Hilton Garden Inn on the University of North Dakota campus. The 26-year-old had been staying at the hotel and was not affiliated with the university, according to a release from the UND Police Department.
EAST GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The mystery of the severed fingers in the East Grand Forks park seems to have been solved. Police have DNA results pointing to the owner of two severed fingers found in May on a picnic table at a Red River State Recreation Area campsite, according to a news release. The digits came from a Grand Forks man who was involved in a fireworks accident in downtown Grand Forks about a month earlier, East Grand Forks Lt. Rodney Hajicek said in the release Thursday.
LAKE SHORE, Minn. - A runabout boat was destroyed by fire in the Gull Lake Narrows in Lake Shore Wednesday night. Nisswa Fire Chief Richard Geike said the boat owner was stopping to get gas when he noticed the fire. The man jumped off the boat and swam to shore about 100 feet away. Submitted video by Mike Luker
FARGO -- A full solar eclipse is coming next year, the first one visible from the continental U.S. since 1979. However, those in the Upper Midwest won’t be able to see a full eclipse when it happens Aug. 21, 2017. North Dakota will see a 75 to 80 percent obscured sun that day. A full eclipse will be seen from Oregon, through the central portion of the country and down to South Carolina. Solar eclipses happen once every 18 months. Unlike lunar eclipses, solar eclipses only last for a few minutes, NASA says.
CROSBY, N.D. -- Two Noonan, N.D., children were killed in a two-vehicle crash in a highway construction zone near Crosby early Tuesday, Aug. 23. According to a North Dakota Highway Patrol report on the incident: The crash happened about 6:25 p.m. on Highway 5 about three miles east of Crosby in northwest North Dakota. A car was eastbound on the highway when it stopped at the direction of a flagger, Anna McKeigan, 51, of Minot.
Three men have been arrested and charged for selling drugs at a residence in southeast Brainerd. The Brainerd men—Deionte Jaewon Parker, 19, Tyler Lee Tipton, 20, and Hunter Lee Stanton, 19—appeared Friday in Crow Wing County District Court. The men were charged with two felonies of fifth-degree sale of a marijuana mix and conspiracy of fifth-degree sale marijuana mixture.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Court of Appeals Chief Judge Edward Cleary has been appointed to a second term by Gov. Mark Dayton. His second term will begin on Nov. 1 and end on Oct. 31, 2019. “Chief Judge Cleary has demonstrated a strong commitment to Minnesota throughout his career and as a member of the judiciary,” said Dayton.
WALKER, Minn. -- The 25-year-old Coon Rapids, Minn., man arrested in connection with the abduction and death of 5-year-old Alayna Jeanne Ertl was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of kidnapping and theft. The suspect, Zachary Todd Anderson, made his first court appearance on the criminal charges, all felonies, late Tuesday morning in Cass County District Court in Walker before Judge David Harrington. Harrington set unconditional bond at $2 million.
WALKER—A 43-year-old man was sentenced Monday to almost 20 years in prison in Cass County District Court for a criminal sexual conduct offense that happened in 2007. The Cass County Attorney's Office reported Elton James Curtis of Fargo, N.D., was sentenced by Judge Jana Austad to 19 and-a-half years for felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct. On top of his prison sentence, he also has a 10-year conditional release period and will have to register as a predatory offender.