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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The first farm bill conference committee meeting has been set for Sept. 5. The conferees from the House and Senate will try to iron out differences between their two bills in the panel, which includes all of North Dakota’s congressional delegation — Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer and the state’s two U.S. senators Democrat Heidi Heitkamp and Republican John Hoeven.
WARREN, Minn. -- A criminal case alleging a northwest Minnesota man forced a woman to have sex with him earlier this year has been dropped after his accuser left the area. Marshall County Attorney Donald Aandal filed paperwork Monday, Aug. 20, to dismiss a felony criminal sexual conduct charge against Justen James Lawrence Ekholm, 27, of Alvarado.
ST. PAUL — The controversial "Waters of the U.S." rule that has upset most farmers, but pleased environmentalists has been reinstated in 26 states, including Minnesota. The suspension of the rule remains in effect in North Dakota, South Dakota and the other 22 states where different federal court rulings are in effect.
FARGO — A 38-year-old woman accused of starting a clothing rack on fire at a downtown Minneapolis store has been found in Fargo. Lewonda Jones, of the Twin Cities suburb of Brooklyn Center, was charged last week in Hennepin County with two counts of arson. Jones is being held in the Cass County Jail in Fargo pending her return to Minnesota.
BREWSTER, Minn. — Sunday, Aug. 19, marks the third anniversary of the homicide of a southwest Minnesota woman in her own home. Charges have never been filed in the Jan Pigman-Kruse murder case in Brewster, a small town just north of Worthington. Pigman-Kruse was 40 when she died as the result of a gunshot wound to the chest.
ST. PAUL -- Four tribes in Minnesota sued 24 opioid manufacturers and distributors on Thursday, Aug. 16, accusing them of devastating public health effects on their communities. The four tribes are Prairie Island Indian Community, Lower Sioux Indian Community, the Upper Sioux Indian Community, and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, all in southern Minnesota.
PIERRE, S.D. - Six people accused of attempting to have sex with minors have been arrested in a Sturgis Motorcycle Rally sex sting, state officials said in a release Tuesday, Aug. 15. An undercover operation taking place at the annual rally in the Black Hills for the past five years has netted arrests of people from across the world, according to Ace Crawford of the U.S. attorney's office for South Dakota.
ST. PAUL — Human error caused the hourlong 911 outage in Minnesota, North Dakota and North Carolina on Aug. 1, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. CenturyLink, the contracted 911 service provider in Minnesota and North Dakota, said an error by an employee of a third-party vendor is to blame. In the late afternoon incident, CenturyLink said an employee of West Safety Services made a mistake while making a network configuration change that prevented 911 calls from being accepted in the three states.
STURGIS, S.D.—Although an estimated road count of visitors won't be released until Tuesday, Aug. 14, attendance at the rally was soaring throughout the week. The 78th annual rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota also turned out to be one of the safer ones as deaths were cut in half from last year and injury accidents were also down. The state Department of Public Safety said there were four deaths in the Black Hills region during this year's rally, compared to eight last year. Injury accidents also fell from 69 last year to 56 this year.
STURGIS, S.D. -- Sturgis Motorcycle Rally officials continue to be pleased with attendance at this year’s 78th annual event as visitors are up almost 6 percent over last year. So far, through Thursday, almost 400,000 people have attended the event in the northern Black Hills of South Dakota. The latest number released was for Thursday when 56,302 people entered the rally city, an increase of 11.5 percent over the same day last year.