Thursday News Update 02-08

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DRUG BUST IN GRAND FORKS

A Grand Forks man is in custody this morning after police allegedly busted him with more than $1,000 worth of meth.

Court documents show the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force has been following Terriyn Baker for months. Undercover authorities agreed to buy 28 grams of meth for $1,200 from the man. The alleged deal was set up in early September at the Budget Inn off Highway 2. Authorities filmed the interaction and recorded audio. Baker is facing a felony count of delivery of a controlled substance.

PICKUP TRUCK RECOVERED IN SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

Minot police say they've recovered a pickup truck that was seen in the area of a shooting, but they're still seeking anyone who witnessed the vehicle or its driver.

Authorities say a 26-year-old man was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound about 5:00 p.m. Tuesday. His name hasn't been released, but he reportedly is in stable condition. Police are still searching for the shooter.

DOUG BERGUM AGREES TO PAY FOR SUPER BOWL TICKETS

Governor Doug Burgum caved to public pressure and has agreed to pay for his super bowl tickets.

Burgum watched the big game with executives from Xcel Energy, the state's largest utility. They gave him the tickets for free so they could discuss "business", but many back in North Dakota, including top Republicans, called him out. Yesterday, Burgum agreed to pay $37,000 to Xcel Energy for the seats he enjoyed with his wife. He released this statement:

" At the end of the day, I am fully confident I've kept the best interests of North Dakotans at the heart. I know with certainty that tickets to a sporting event have not influenced, and will not influence, my decision-making as governor."

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton paid $6,000 up front for his tickets to avoid a conflict like this. Meanwhile, North Dakota lawmakers say this is a prime example why the state needs an ethics policy.