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FARGO – A possible merger between Sanford Health and Twin Cities-based Fairview Health Services faces scrutiny from the Minnesota attorney general. Attorney General Lori Swanson said she will hold hearings beginning April 7 to investigate what she characterized as a potential “takeover” of Fairview Health, whose locations include the University of Minnesota Medical Center.
BISMARCK – North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple said he signed three anti-abortion bills into law Tuesday to help “a legitimate attempt by a state legislature to discover the boundaries of Roe v. Wade.” “These bills represent an additional restriction beyond what the Supreme Court has already ruled, which was they feel abortions beyond 24 weeks gestation can be outlawed,” he said in an interview Tuesday. “The question becomes, would they consider a further restriction or two? In the end, there’s only one source that can answer that question, and that’s our federal courts.”
FARGO – North Dakota State University campus police arrested a 20-year-old female student Tuesday evening on suspicion of falsely reporting a crime to law enforcement. Mary Gullickson, who resides on campus, was arrested without incident at the campus police station, according to NDSU police Lt. Gregory Stone. Stone said an investigation into a report of an abduction and sexual assault occurring on campus Sunday evening determined that no abduction or sexual assault took place.
About 55 firefighters from five different area fire departments rescued dozens of cows that were trapped under a collapsed roof last Friday morning. The roof collapsed on a huge dairy barn at the Aho Brothers farm, north of Wolf Lake. While many cows were saved, at least 20 died; others were traumatized by the event.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a 41-year-old Fertile, Minn., woman who was found dead in her vehicle Sunday in rural Polk County. Authorities have identified the woman as Wanda Lieser. The sheriff’s department had issued a missing person report Saturday, after being contacted by family members, according to a news release. The body was taken to the UND, where an autopsy was to be performed. The investigation is continuing.
MINNEAPOLIS – Battle Lake had an uphill challenge in the first round of the Minnesota Class 1A state boys basketball tournament against second-seeded and undefeated Upsala. The Cardinals had won 30 straight games coming into Thursday’s game at Williams Arena and had an average margin of victory of 27.6 points. The Battlers gave the Cardinals a scare but faded in the final minutes as Upsala advanced to the state semifinals with a 71-60 victory.
Minnesotans will be able to shop for health insurance through a state marketplace beginning Oct. 1, but may not see savings for a couple of years. Minutes after Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday signed a bill into law establishing the marketplace, to be known as MNsure, he said that it eventually will save Minnesotans money, but not until 2015 or later.
At last month’s meeting of the Lake Park-Audubon School Board, the board voted to put the old LP-A High School building and surrounding property up for sale.Less than four weeks later, the property has been sold. At a special meeting held on Feb. 6, the school board accepted an offer from Mono Investments to purchase the building and surrounding land for $201,000 — slightly better than the original asking price of $200,000. It was one of two offers the district had received for the property, though LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie declined to identify the other bidder.
Ice dams. Unfortunately many homeowners in Minnesota have experienced them, and even more unfortunately, some have experienced the damage they can do. “I know there are so many people getting damage in their homes and I don’t think they know it,” Mark Nelson said. Mark Nelson and his son, Tanner, have the business North Country Weatherization Technologies out of Fargo and are spending days in the Detroit Lakes trying to rid people of damage from ice dams. Different products