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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — There was a crash in gene therapy in the 1990s when rapid development led to less support and funding for gene therapy projects. But the field is booming now. It was evident on Tuesday night, Dec. 4, in the awarding of the Sanford Health Lorraine Cross Award worth $1 million.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A rural Ogema man has been arrested in the shooting death of a former Lake Park police chief who was traveling on a forest trail while hunting and was hit by a bullet in his vehicle. Morris Silas Dodd Jr. is in the Becker County Jail in Detroit Lakes on charges of second degree manslaughter and a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a release from Sheriff Todd Glander on Wednesday night, Nov. 28.
EAGAN, Minn. -- According to Pro Football Focus, the Vikings have the NFL’s top-ranked safety. But his name is not Harrison Smith. Smith has been rated No. 1 at times in recent seasons, but the top guy in the league now, according to the analytics site, is Anthony Harris.
ST. CLOUD — Two men who harassed and then stole a vehicle belonging to a Lyft driver in St. Cloud died after they crashed the vehicle into a grove of trees southeast of the city early Tuesday morning, Nov. 13. According to a news release, the two men were picked up by a 46-year-old Lyft driver in the southeast part of town about 1 a.m. and he drove them around for a short period of time as they didn’t appear to know where they were going.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Minnesota Duluth junior Riley Tufte has plenty to motivate him in Year 3 with the Bulldogs. The former Blaine High School wing is not only chasing a second national championship at UMD, he’s also entering a pivotal year professionally. After taking him in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft, the Dallas Stars are likely to pull out all the stops in an attempt to sign Tufte this offseason.
FARGO — The recreational marijuana ballot measure in North Dakota went up in smoke on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with voters soundly rejecting the idea.
PIERRE, S.D. — Five central South Dakota women have been found guilty in a jury trial of conspiracy to retaliate against a witness. The federal jury convicted the five women in a four-day trial in Pierre that ended last Friday night, Nov. 2. They all face up to 10 years in prison.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota has welcomed thousands of refugees since the federal resettlement process was set in 1980. So why does a trio of key Republicans up for election want to stop the program now? Well, it depends on whom you ask. Jeff Johnson, Jim Newberger and Jim Hagedorn have each said they will ask the federal government to pause refugee resettlement in Minnesota if elected Tuesday. And they’ve each made it a key issue in their campaigns.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Sometime on Wednesday night, Oct. 31, someone put up posters around the Concordia College campus here carrying the words: "IT'S OKAY TO BE WHITE." The college heard from individuals and campus organizations upset with the postings, and the signs were quickly taken down. College officials also issued a media statement, which reads: "On the evening of Oct. 31 campus security responded to the posting of unauthorized materials on campus. Similar posters appeared on campus last year on Oct. 31.
ST. PAUL -- St. Paul's Como Zoo is now home to two recently orphaned mountain lion cubs. The cubs, who arrived at the zoo on Oct. 30, come from different areas of northern California. They are a male and female, about 8 to 12 weeks old. Mountain lions are also known as pumas or cougars.