Grand Forks Herald Editor Steve Wagner can be reached at 701.780.1104 and firstname.lastname@example.org. He joined the Herald in April 2013, and previously worked as editor at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and in several roles -- including news director, investigative reporter and crime reporter - at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. His reporting experience includes coverage of Dru Sjodin's disappearance and the federal death penalty case for her murderer, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., along with several investigative projects. In his spare time, Wagner is an avid runner and occasionally writes about his experiences on his blog, Addicted to Running.
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MINNEAPOLIS — Federal prosecutors have filed a complaint alleging three crimes by a northwest Minnesota man accused of shooting a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter flying a drug reconnaissance mission.
FARGO -- The man sentenced to death for the 2003 kidnapping and murder of Dru Sjodin is claiming juror misconduct during his trial. Next month, a federal judge is set to hear arguments related to a 2011 motion by attorneys for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. His lawyers filed a habeas corpus motion outlining reasons the former Crookston, Minn., man should not be executed and now appear to claim juror misconduct during his trial.
LAPORTE - Travel speeds are reduced east of Laporte due to spring flooding. Highway 200, between Hubbard County roads 45 and 30, is marked with flashers. Also posted is a temporary speed reduction. "Melting snow is causing water to collect on the road surface, which then freezes overnight causing unexpected slippery conditions," according to a news release issued Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
BEMIDJI - School here will start two hours late due to severe winter weather. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning in northwestern Minnesota, including the Bemidji area, for Sunday night and today. This morning the weather service said 4-8 inches of snow was expected across much of the region by tonight, with higher amounts of 6-10 inches likely across portions of northwest Minnesota, the weather service said.
BEMIDJI – A Bemidji police squad car sustained major damage after a pickup truck slammed into it early Friday morning. Police Chief Mike Mastin said an “officer narrowly escaped injury as the collision occurred.”
BEMIDJI – The latest estimates released by the U.S. Census show Beltrami County continued to grow in population since the last count. Meanwhile, nearby counties – Cass, Clearwater and Hubbard – were stagnant or contracted. And Itasca County, which is nearly identical in population, barely grew from April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012. Itasca also now trails Beltrami in population, a turnabout from the Census Bureau’s 2010 figures.
MOORHEAD - Police here are looking for two black males in a black or navy blue Dodge Intrepid after a report of a person injured in a shooting in the 1100 block of 17th Street South. Lt. Tory Jacobson said the victim was taken to a hospital by a friend with at least two gunshot wounds of unknown severity. The two reported the shooting en route to the hospital, he said. Jacobson said investigators weren't immediately sure what caused the accident or where the shooting occurred, but he said a house at 1107 17th St. S. was involved.
ST. PAUL – A former Itasca County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was charged Wednesday with a felony for allegedly attempting to capture video of a juvenile in a bathroom. Aaron Edward Apitz, 45, of Deer River faces a felony charge of interference with privacy against a minor under 18. The alleged incident happened at Apitz’ residence.
BEMIDJI - The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Bemidji and Beltrami County through 6 a.m. Tuesday. Snowfall is expected to fall Monday, dropping between 4 to 8 inches in the area. Meanwhile, the weather service also issued a winter storm warning for areas to the west and south of Beltrami County. A winter storm is expected to move across North Dakota and into western Minnesota. "A significant winter storm will impact much of the Northern Plains tonight through early Tuesday," the weather service said Sunday afternoon in a statement.
BEMIDJI - A mild ending for February is forecasted by the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, and a major storm over the central Plains doesn't appear to have any foreseeable impact on the Bemidji region. A hazardous weather outlook in place for northwestern Minnesota is the result of foggy conditions, which are expected Tuesday morning, too. The temperature is forecast to reach 31 today, and 37 on Tuesday. The mild conditions, with light winds, will continue the remainder of the week, according to the weather service's forecast.