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DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – WE Fest announced three acts to its 2014 lineup. Travis Tritt, Randy Houser and Thompson Square have been added to the Aug. 7, 8 and 9 country festival. These acts join headliners Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley and Zac Brown Band for the annual concert just outside of Detroit Lakes, Minn. Also appearing will be Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry and Brantley Gilbert. For ticket information, go to www.wefest.com .
ST. PAUL – A Costa Rican vacation gave MNsure’s executive director a permanent break from her job. April Todd-Malmlov handed her resignation to the MNsure board Tuesday night after publicity about the trip she and another state official took before Thanksgiving. The trip came at a time when her agency was entering the final few weeks that Minnesotans could buy health insurance so it is effective Jan. 1. The vacation was just one of several problems Todd-Malmlov faced in recent weeks. MNsure computer problems since the program launched Oct.
PERHAM, Minn. - Every year, Bridgette Thiesen and her family engage in a friendly competition to see who can find the perfect Christmas tree.
FARGO – Two local police agencies are investigating a Valley News Live reporter after the television station aired a hidden camera report on Wednesday night showing her walking inside three area elementary schools without anyone stopping her. The story, meant to reveal holes in school security, has received scrutiny from police and school officials who say the reporter broke city and state laws by entering the schools without permission. Moorhead and West Fargo police say they are investigating the matter. It is unclear whether the reporter will face charges. Moorhead Lt.
MOORHEAD - One of the thousands of trucks inspected at the Red River Weigh Station this year was a nondescript 18-wheeler driven by a bald, middle-aged man named Timothy Vafeades. A 19-year-old woman was traveling with him.
BEMIDJI -- You could almost hear the “I told you so” in Sheriff Phil Hodapp’s voice Thursday morning. He warned last week that the ice on Lake Bemidji wasn’t strong enough to support the weight of a vehicle.
MOORHEAD — The rack of a massive bull elk shot this fall in northwest Minnesota has been scored by a certified measurer for the Boone and Crockett Club, and it’s all but official the trophy will be the highest-scoring elk ever taken by hunting in Minnesota. Brad Penas of Moorhead shot the 6x7 bull Sept.
The Honorable Rodney C. Hanson, a 1978 Wadena High School graduate, was recently appointed by governor Mark Dayton as judge to Minnesota's eighth judicial district in Pope county. Hanson's investiture was held Nov. 15, where he was sworn in at his chambered courthouse in Glenwood. Along with family and friends, Hanson's parents, longtime Wadena residents Harlyn and Janette Hanson were present. Hanson was sworn in by a family bible held by his mother. Prior to his judgeship, Hanson was a partner for 27 years at Anderson, Larson, Hanson and Saunders Law Firm in Willmar.
MOORHEAD – A Sanford Health employee whose job involved investigating and reporting elder abuse and neglect is accused of stealing about $20,000 from her own grandmother. Alyse Ann Penner, 28, of Moorhead, was charged Tuesday in Clay County District Court with one felony count of exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Sanford Health officials said Penner’s employment as a social worker at Sanford Medica