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PARK RAPIDS, Minn. — A Friday, Feb. 23, fire destroyed the hotel at a resort near here. Firefighters responded about 5:20 a.m. Friday to Vacationaire Resort, 26333 Icon Drive, between Park Rapids and Itasca State Park. The hotel was fully engulfed in flames by the time they arrived. WDAY-TV reported one man suffered minor burns to his back and feet. The man, who wasn't immediately identified, was taken by ambulance to CHI St.
BISMARCK—The head of the North Dakota Association of Counties will retire at the end of March, the organization said Friday, Feb. 23. Mark Johnson has led the association for 35 years. Terry Traynor, its assistant director of policy and programs, will serve as interim executive director starting in April. Johnson lobbied for counties during legislative sessions and helped "create and protect funding mechanisms for local infrastructure and other county interests," the association said.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger approved the format of a ballot petition seeking personalized vehicle plates for volunteer emergency responders, his office said Wednesday, Feb. 21. Organizers have less than five months to get 13,452 valid signatures to have the initiated measure placed on the November ballot. The measure would add a new section to state law allowing volunteer emergency responders to apply for red personalized plates.
BISMARCK — The Greater North Dakota Chamber named Arik Spencer as its new president and CEO Tuesday, Feb. 20. Spencer, the executive vice president of the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association, succeeds Andy Peterson, who resigned in September. Spencer will start his new job April 1. "GNDC has been the voice of business in North Dakota for over 90 years, and I am grateful for the opportunity lead this vital organization," he said in a statement.
A 31-year-old St. Paul woman died Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on Minnesota Highway 61 near Brighton Beach in Duluth. The Minnesota State Patrol reported that Courtney Ryan was a passenger in a 2003 Buick Century that was traveling south on Highway 61, approaching Brighton Beach Boulevard, when the vehicle crossed the center line and was struck by a northbound 2013 Lexus RX350 SUV.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- Two pedestrians were reportedly injured after being struck by a Toyota Tundra pickup on U.S. Highway 10 in Detroit Lakes Wednesday night. Initial investigation results indicate that the truck, which was driven by Earl Johnson, 69, of Detroit Lakes, was traveling westbound when it struck the two pedestrians in the Washington Avenue intersection.
LARIMORE, N.D.—No one was injured Tuesday morning, Feb. 13, in a fire that destroyed a mobile home in Larimore. Firefighters from Larimore and Northwood responded to the blaze after dispatchers received the call at 3 a.m. Tuesday, Larimore Fire Chief Bill McDermottt said. By the time emergency responders arrived at the scene in northwest Larimore, the mobile home and a utility shed were engulfed in flames, he said.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—A 47-year-old northwest Minnesota man who has been convicted of drunken driving at least six times appeared in district court Monday, Feb. 12, facing two felony charges of criminal vehicular homicide in the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian near Pine Point last Thursday. Bruce Allen Basswood, 47, of nearby Ponsford is accused of hitting and killing Joshua Charles Jones, 21, of Ponsford as he was walking on Pow Wow Highway, about a half mile east of Pine Point. Pine Point is about 25 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes in Becker County.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- Longtime Detroit Lakes Police Sgt. Robert Strand, 40, has been charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, brawling or fighting—after an off-duty run-in with a man at a Detroit Lakes bar. The man, Blake Sundvor, 35, of rural Detroit Lakes has been charged in Becker County District court with exactly the same thing.
DENVER—Joe Rosga poured in a team-high 26 points to lead Denver to a 66-63 victory against North Dakota State on Saturday in Summit League men's basketball at Magness Arena. The Bison (12-14, 4-7 SL) have lost four consecutive games. Tyson Ward paced NDSU with a career-high 28 points on 9-for-16 shooting from the floor. The 6-foot-6 sophomore also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Paul Miller added 12 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Bison.