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WEST FARGO – West Fargo authorities say fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, appears to be to blame for the death of a 19-year-old discovered in a home Thursday night, April 27. About 5:20 p.m., police were dispatched to 612 6th St. E. where they found two unresponsive males, city officials said in a news release. One man, 19-year-old Alexander Hirn of West Fargo, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other individual was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.
MINOT, N.D. — A Minot driver has been charged with driving under the influence after hitting an occupied school bus near South Prairie School south of Minot. Travis Nabozny, 35, rear-ended the school bus Thursday, April 27 at about 7 p.m. as both vehicles were heading northbound on U.S. Highway 83, according to a North Dakota Highway Patrol report. The school bus had slowed down to turn left off the highway when Nabozny's Chevrolet Camaro struck the back of the bus.
WILLISTON — Snaggers who harvest a paddlefish this season can have the fish cleaned for free by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. The department announced it will provide a free cleaning service this season after North Star Caviar said it was unable to provide the service this year. North Dakota's paddlefish snagging season opens Monday, May 1, and is scheduled to run through the end of May unless the harvest cap is reached and an early closure is announced.
WILLMAR — As a measles outbreak in Minnesota widens, Kandiyohi County health and emergency preparedness officials are urging parents to make sure their children are vaccinated. As of Thursday afternoon, April 27, the Minnesota Department of Health had confirmed 28 cases in Hennepin County and one in Stearns County. All were among children under age 5, most of them unvaccinated.
BISMARCK - Eight Jamaicans charged in an advance fee "lottery scam" are now in custody in the United States after the Jamaican government ordered them extradited, U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Chris Myers announced Thursday, April 27. The eight were arrested in Jamaica more than a year ago and are among 14 people facing federal charges in a wire and mail fraud and money laundering investigation dubbed "Operation Hard Copy," said Myers. The charges allege the scam bilked at least 90 mostly elderly U.S. residents out of more $5.7 million, Myers said.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. — The death of a 3-year-old girl last week in Hubbard County is under investigation. Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes did not release the name of the child or any other information related to the death. County Attorney Jonathan Frieden said he could only confirm that a 3-year-old child from Hubbard County died on April 20, and state law requires authorities to investigate the matter.
Detroit Lakes, Minn. - The weather postponed nearly every event on the local sports calendar on Tuesday, April 25, save one. Tuesday was the usual league night in Frazee, Minn., for the trap shooting competition. Trap shooting is the fastest growing sport in Minnesota, with nearly 11 thousand kids from 343 high schools participating this year. Joel Sipper shows how this hidden away sport is becoming the new craze in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers gave final approval to a bill Tuesday, April 25, that directs Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to attempt to recoup costs associated with the Dakota Access Pipeline protest. The state has spent more than $34 million in costs associated with responding to the months-long protest in Morton County. Language in House Bill 1003, the budget for the Attorney General's Office, directs Stenehjem to "pursue all reasonable and available options" to seek reimbursement for those costs.
MITCHELL, S.D. -- A Mitchell man was has been arrested after police executed a search warrant and found more than 1,000 fentanyl pills and $11,000, state officials announced Tuesday afternoon. According to court documents, police executed a search warrant at 10:35 a.m. Monday at a residence rented by Jacob Davin Hubbs and three other people less than 1,000 feet from a drug-free zone in Dry Run Creek Park.
BISMARCK – North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Carol Ronning Kapsner submitted a notice of resignation on Tuesday, April 25, Gov. Doug Burgum’s office announced. The resignation is effective July 31. Kapsner was appointed to the bench in 1998 and elected to 10-year terms in 2000 and 2010.