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MINOT, N.D.—A group of North Dakota law enforcement officers voted Friday, Aug. 17, at their convention to oppose the recreational marijuana initiated measure that will be on the ballot this November. Luke Hendrickson, a state trooper and new president of the North Dakota Peace Officers Association, said the 170 members at their meeting in Minot gave a "resounding yes" in a voice vote to oppose the measure this fall. Through the resolution they approved, the group urges state residents to vote "no" on the measure.
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.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring said two possible cases of the dreaded Palmer amaranth weed that has devastated crops in the southern United States have been reported in south-central North Dakota. Goehring said testing so far has found that the weeds are amaranth, but it’s not known if it’s Palmer amaranth. He said DNA testing is being done and should be completed next week to find out for sure.
BISMARCK – North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is warning producers about the possibility of individuals impersonating state employees in order to take photos and samples of grain.
LINTON, N.D. — A 66-year-old Bismarck motorcyclist died Thursday, Aug. 16, when his Harley -Davidson left the roadway, hit an embankment and flew into the air in south-central North Dakota. The man’s name was not released pending notification of relatives.
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.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- South Dakota Department of Transportation workers apparently saved the life of a suicidal, disorderly runaway youth who jumped off an Interstate 90 bridge in northwest Sioux Falls on Wednesday, Aug. 15, and then tried running into traffic on the roadway. The four workers, according to the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department, first alertly diverted traffic and attempted to help the runaway as they saw him climb onto the interstate overpass about 2 p.m.
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.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A 24-year-old Sioux Falls man accused of shooting two men at a large barbeque late Sunday night during an argument near Falls Park close to downtown Sioux Falls is on the run. Witnesses said they say Abraham Darsaw pull out a pistol and fire it, hitting two men. The two were taken by family members to a local hospital where a 25-year-old man died and the other man, who is 22, is listed in stable condition.