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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — It was a good day for the golfers with regional ties Friday, Sept. 21, at the opening round of the Sanford International Champions Tour event at Minnehaha Country Club. Madison, Wisconsin, native Steve Stricker and Council Bluffs, Iowa's Jerry Smith each shot 7-under-par 63s to be part of a four-way tie for the lead after the inaugural 18 holes. Brandt Jobe and David McKenzie were also in the clubhouse with rounds of 63 at days' end, in which the field averaged 68.2 strokes in the round.
MINOT, N.D. — Norsk Hostfest officials said this week some websites are selling overpriced tickets to the concerts that are coming to the Minot Scandinavian festival next week. President Dave Reitan said patrons should visit hostfest.com or call 701-852-2368 to buy tickets in order to not be overcharged or scammed. Official Norsk Høstfest tickets are only sold for $67, $87 and $100 plus tax and fees, he said.
Getting outdoors to hunt squirrels, rabbits and other small game is the focus of Minnesota's Take a Kid Hunting Weekend this Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23. During the weekend, adult Minnesota residents accompanied by a youth younger than age 16 can hunt small game without a license but must comply with open seasons, limits and other regulations, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
MINOT, N.D.—Trinity Health in Minot held a groundbreaking celebration Thursday, Sept. 20, to reveal more details about its new $350 million, six-story regional health care center. Although work on the hospital has been underway for months, the event was an opportunity to celebrate with the community, said officials. The new medical center will offer advanced cardiac, neurosurgical and orthopedic care with about 200 private rooms, state-of-the-art surgical suites, a behavioral health section and an emergency and trauma center with 24 treatment bays.
GRAND FORKS -- Employees were evacuated from an agribusiness plant late Wednesday night, Sept. 19, when a fire started, the Grand Forks Fire Department said. Firefighters found smoke and fire inside J.R. Simplot just before 11 p.m., a news release said. The blaze was quickly extinguished, but the release estimates $150,000 in damage to the building and contents. The investigation is ongoing.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- The identity of a motorcyclist killed when his bike crashed into a ditch early Wednesday morning, Sept. 19, has been released. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said Thomas M. O’Dell, 26, of Dickinson died at the scene. O’Dell’s motorcycle went off the road while riding towards Williston on U.S. Highway 85 about 6 miles north of town at 12:30 a.m. The 2016 motorcycle was totaled.
ST. PAUL — An experienced political reporter who grew up in Minnesota has been selected as the Forum News Service’s state government reporter. Dana Ferguson, who has covered South Dakota politics for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader during the past three legislative sessions, will join Forum News Service beginning Nov. 1.
WILLISTON — The driver of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle died early Wednesday, Sept. 19, after a single-vehicle crash. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said in a release that the driver, a 26-year-old man from Williston, drove off the road while riding towards Williston on U.S. Highway 59 about 6 miles north of town at 12:30 a.m. The 2016 motorcycle was totaled, and the man was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation issued a statement on Tuesday, Sept. 19, to remind residents that state law prohibits the placement of private signs of any kind on a highway right of way. “With political campaigns underway for November elections, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds campaigners that state law prohibits placement of private signs of any kind,” the press release said.
PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who has been recovering from a knee injury suffered last season, has been medically cleared and will start Sunday at home against the Indianapolis Colts. Carson Wentz has been medically cleared and will start Sunday, as Head Coach Doug Pederson will announce during his press conference. #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/tT0wz5aevN