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FARGO -- A teenager, who on Feb. 18 was found face-down in the Fargo South High School swimming pool, has died. Frederic Ndereimana, 19, died Saturday at a Fargo hospital, according to Fargo Police. Until now, the teen's name and condition was unknown. Fargo Schools did not previously release the info and Fargo Police said the matter was under investigation. Police on Sunday reported the death and said the matter remains under investigation.
ST. PAUL – Allowing liquor stores to open on Sundays remains a steep climb in the Minnesota Legislature, so its prime proponent is willing to accept “baby steps.” Sen. Roger Reinert, D-Duluth, has introduced seven bills that to varying degrees allow Sunday sales, including some that make minor changes in existing state law that bans liquor store sales. House Speaker Paul Thissen, D-Minneapolis, has said he does not see how the House goes from the repeal receiving 20 votes in the past to a repeal passing this year. Reinert agreed.
One might say construction seems to be at its “peak” at Detroit Mountain these days. After a long, cold, harsh winter that slowed progress a bit, workers are busy on the large lodge that has been erected on the mountain. “It’s enclosed and interior work is being done,” said President of the Board of Directors Mark Fritz.
Cited for driving while intoxicated, Sebeka’s police chief has decided to retire. Eric Swenson, 48, has been a police officer for nearly 30 years and the Sebeka chief since 2007. Council members will address his retirement notice during a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the council chambers. They’ll also discuss the future of the city’s police department. The meeting is now open to the public.
SEBEKA, Minn. - The Sebeka City Council will hold a closed meeting at 6 p.m. Monday to discuss the city’s police chief, who was cited last week on a charge of driving while intoxicated. A New York Mills police officer stopped Eric Swenson, 48, just outside city limits about 11 p.m. Feb. 26.
Authorities arrested seven after seizing methamphetamine and cash during raids of two homes Monday in Hewitt. Todd County sheriff’s deputies, along with agents from the from the West Central Minnesota Drug Task Force and Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task force, searched 521 N. Wisconsin St. and 712 E. 2nd Ave. in the town of 266 nine miles south of Wadena.
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MOORHEAD — A Battle Lake woman was injured in an SUV rollover on icy Interstate 94 here Wednesday afternoon. Janelle Howells, 49, was traveling westbound on I-94 just outside of Moorhead when the vehicle spun out coming around a curve, according to a Minnesota State Patrol report. The vehicle hit the ditch and rolled. Howells was transported to Essentia Health in Fargo to be treated for injuries that were not life threatening.
The rural Minnesota and Park Rapids-based activist group Toxic Taters have formed an online petition. The group is protesting excessive pesticide use by companies like RDO – and backed by companies like McDonald’s – that cause “pesticide drifts” onto nearby properties and communities.
Todd County was within its rights to fire a former sheriff’s deputy, according to a state arbitrator. Mark Grinstead, who now serves as a part-time police officer for the city of Osakis, filed a grievance with the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services about his termination, claiming the county’s actions were without just cause. In defending the termination, Todd County’s labor attorney, Kristi Hastings, said Grinstead had a history of vehicle accidents, mostly due to excessive speed, driving unreasonably in light of conditions and distracted driving. Grinstead was involved in 33 cras