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COOPERSTOWN, N.D. – A 3-year-old boy missing for nearly six hours Monday night was discovered safe after an hours-long air, foot, bloodhound, horseback and ATV search, thanks in part to the family dog. Griggs County Sheriff Robert Hook said the boy’s parents, Courtney and Brock Urness, called 911 about 8:30 p.m.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - Former Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon, who was accused of swindling the public by selling the sheriff’s office a used boat and passing it off as new, was sentenced Tuesday in the case. Under a plea agreement struck last week and approved Tuesday in Becker County District Court, two felony charges of theft by swindle and making false claims were dropped. Gordon pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge of misconduct of a public officer. Gordon was sentenced to a year in jail with all but 10 days of that stayed for two years.
ST. PAUL – Minnesotans suffering conditions they feel only marijuana can help cheered Tuesday as senators overwhelmingly approved using extracts from the plant for medical uses. Meanwhile, state representatives prepared to debate the issue as early as Friday. “This is restricted only to medical purposes only under very, very tight conditions,” said Sen.
Two St. Cloud men were arrested in Alexandria Friday during an investigation into the sale of marijuana, Ecstacy and other drugs in large-scale quantities throughout Central Minnesota. Investigators with the West Central Minnesota Drug Task Force, along with the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force, received information that a large marijuana transaction was going to occur in the city of Alexandria on May 2. Investigators in St.
FARGO – Blue Cross Blue Shield North Dakota fired its president and chief executive officer, the company announced Monday. Paul von Ebers’ termination, voted on Friday by the insurance giant’s board of directors, comes days after the company announced a dismal financial year.
North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm’s Dec. 26, 2013, cease and desist order against Frederick Paul Skoda, formerly of Fargo, now of Detroit Lakes, has been made permanent by an Administrative Law Judge. The order bars Skoda from engaging in the business of insurance directly or indirectly. The order was served on Skoda for committing insurance fraud by filing multiple applications for insurance policies for individuals that never wanted the insurance.
Two people from Cass Lake were killed in a head-on collision Saturday night in Cass County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol incident report, a 2004 Kia Spectra was southbound on County Road 75 and Leech Lake Route 438 before 11 p.m.
BECKER COUNTY, Minn. – A 5-year-old boy died Thursday evening in a farm accident south of Wolf Lake, Minn., according to the Becker County Sheriff’s Department. It appeared the boy tried to get into a skid-steer loader by crawling between the bucket and the frame of the machine, the department said. The loader was not running but was under hydraulic pressure.
Minnesota representatives Monday gave unanimous approval to the establishment of a vehicle license plate for female military veterans. With a 110-0 vote and no debate, the House answered requests made by women veterans in numerous legislative committee meetings during the past two months. Rep. Jerry Newton, D-Coon Rapids, said that he has heard from many women veterans who say “they are tired of driving their cars” with veterans’ license plates, only to have people come up and tell them “thank your husband for his service to the country.” A similar bill awaits a Senate vote.
Most Minnesota representatives agree that the state owes people wrongly convicted for crimes. The House voted 121-2 Monday to provide up to $100,000 a year to people wrongly imprisoned and up to $50,000 for people put on supervisory release after they were improperly convicted. They also would receive a certificate from the state indicating they should not have been convicted. Rep. John Lesch, D-St.