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GRAND FORKS -- The Spirit Lake, Standing Rock and Turtle Mountain tribes in North Dakota have joined numerous counties and cities across the country in suing pharmaceutical companies that distribute opioids. Law firm Robins Kaplan is representing 19 tribal nations from seven states in this effort, including Spirit Lake, Standing Rock and Turtle Mountain. Former U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Tim Purdon, now a partner with Robins Kaplan, is representing the tribes in North Dakota.
ST. PAUL -- On Halloween night, some brave trick-or-treaters will cautiously walk a long path leading to dark house in St. Paul. As they climb the stone steps to the front door, spotlights will suddenly flood the entryway and illuminate a large cage. Behind the bars of the cage, a massive gorilla will be pounding its chest and grunting. “Did you bring a canned good for the food shelf?” the gorilla will ask.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y., -- Tom Brady threw for 324 yards as the New England Patriots beat the Buffalo Bills 25-6 on Monday night in Orchard Park, N.Y., for their fifth consecutive win. Having averaged 39.3 points over their previous four games, the Patriots (6-2) didn't reach the end zone until James White's 1-yard touchdown plunge with just under 10 minutes remaining. Devin McCourty returned an interception 84 yards for New England's other touchdown, and Stephen Gostkowski made four field goals.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jimmy Butler made five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and scored 32 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 124-120 win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday in Minneapolis. Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks, and rookie guard Josh Okogie scored a season-high 17 points for Minnesota.
EAGAN, Minn. -- At the midpoint of the season, the Vikings already know they can’t match last season’s 13-3 record. So is coach Mike Zimmer displeased? Nope. The Vikings’ 30-20 loss Sunday night to New Orleans left them 4-3-1. So the best they can finish is 12-3-1. “I’m not disappointed,” Zimmer said Monday of his team’s midseason record. “It is what it is. We’ve got eight more games to go, and that will always determine what we end up doing.”
MOORHEAD, Minn. — The 2019 MNsure open enrollment period begins this Thursday, Nov. 1. Beginning at 7 a.m., on Nov. 1, Minnesotans can log on to the MNsure website and enroll. For those who want coverage that begins Jan. 1, they must enroll by Dec. 15, 2018. Open enrollment runs until Jan. 13.
DULUTH -- If anyone has any sympathy for what Notre Dame has gone through in the past six months since losing the national championship game at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, it’s the team that beat them 2-1 back in April — Minnesota Duluth. After all, the Bulldogs were in the Fighting Irish’s skates a year ago as the national runners-up after losing to Denver in the 2017 NCAA title game. They played the Pioneers five times and lost every one. So, do the Bulldogs have a speck of sympathy for the Irish?
ST. PAUL -- Devan Dubnyk made 23 saves for the Minnesota Wild in a 4-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday, Oct. 25, in St. Paul.. Eric Fehr had a goal and an assist and Jonas Brodin, Mikael Granlund and Mikko Koivu also scored to help the Wild to their fourth straight win. Wild defenseman Ryan Suter had an assist in his 1,000th NHL game. Dubnyk also assisted on Brodin's goal, the seventh assist of his 10-year NHL career.
ST. PAUL -- After a couple of weeks limited to skating by himself, 21-year-old Wild forward Joel Eriksson Ek made a triumphant return to practice Wednesday. Wearing a baby-blue jersey to remind everyone on the ice he has not been cleared for contact, and participating in about half the drills, the young Swede made his presence felt at the end of the 45-minute session.
DULUTH -- As Minnesota Duluth closes out October with one more nonconference series — a national championship rematch at Notre Dame on Friday and Saturday — before the start of NCHC play next week, it appears coach Scott Sandelin has for the moment settled on a lineup. The one spot still up for grabs, however, is the fourth-line center role. There, junior Jade Miller and freshman Jesse Jacques have alternated over the past two weekends at Michigan Tech and at home against Maine.