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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.
A 60-year-old Walker man was injured Friday when the Harley Davidson he was driving went off the roadway onto the soft shoulder and lost control on Highway 65 in Aitkin County. The Minnesota State Patrol reported Eddie S. Amiot, who was wearing a helmet, was taken to Centra Care St. Cloud Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The state patrol said the Harley crashed when Amiot lost control and tried to correct. The Aitkin Police Department assisted at the scene. The crash was reported at 1:56 p.m.
TURTLE LAKE, N.D. -- A 19-year-old driver is dead and his passenger injured after a pickup they were in overturned and became partially submerged in a canal north of Turtle Lake early Sunday morning. Around 2:45 a.m., the driver, Cole Kuschel of Garrison, lost control of the vehicle on McClusky Canal Road, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The pickup went into the canal embankment and ejected the driver as it rolled. The Bismarck Dive and Rescue team found the body of the driver in the canal, the patrol said.
PIERRE, S.D. -- A woman in South Dakota has developed Zika virus symptoms after traveling to a country where Zika is currently being transmitted, the South Dakota Department of Health said in a news release Monday, Aug. 22. It is the first case of Zika in the state, the health department said. “This is a good reminder for anyone who travels to Zika-affected areas that it’s important to protect themselves from mosquito bites,” said Dr. Lon Kightlinger, state epidemiologist for the department.