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Minot, ND (WDAY News) - A Minot man is accused of biting off another man's ear during a fight at Minot Lumber. 52-year-old Gary Eiland is charged with aggravated assault. According to an affidavit, Eiland and the other man were fighting over merchandise. Police say Eiland bit off 80 percent of the other man's ear. Doctors couldn't reattach the body part. Eiland faces up to 5 years in prison, if convicted.
(WDAY News) - Millions of dollars' worth of improvements are coming to the Great Minnesota Get Together. The Minnesota State Fair board approved $8-million of projects to the grounds Sunday. The biggest improvements will happen to the swine barn, Creative Activities Barn and the grandstand where the roof will be transformed into a shopping and dining destination. There will also be a new performance space and information booths as well as better transportation buildings. The board also changed state fair admission pricing, raising them by one dollar per day.
(WDAY News) - Women are being underrepresented at the North Dakota legislature. 18-percent of state senators and 19-percent of house members are women, and out of the 47 districts, 25 have no women at all. The Center for American Women in Politics says it's not just North Dakota, this is happening across the country. However there has been growth through the years.
Becker County, MN (WDAY/WDAZ News) - Authorities say alcohol was involved in a rollover in Becker County Friday night. State Patrol says it happened on Highway 10 around 5:30 p.m. They say 56-year-old Mary Bryngelson of Callaway was driving and drifted off the shoulder. Bryngelson overcorrected and rolled and was then taken to a Detroit Lakes hospital, but is expected to be okay. Authorities say alcohol was detected in Bryngelson's system. There was also a passenger who had alcohol detected, however authorities did not say if he was hurt.
Moorhead, MN (WDAY News) – Siding of a Moorhead home caught fire Thursday night around 5:15 at 307 4th St. S. The owner was using a torch to remove ice near the home when a fire started behind the siding. While there were occupants inside the home no one had to be evacuated. The Moorhead Fire Department was able to put out the small fire within a half an hour and is no longer a danger to the homeowner or neighbors. Damage to the home is not extensive; siding will have to be replaced.
Fargo, ND (WDAY News) - Fargo Catholic employers say they shouldn't have to cover abortion and sex change surgeries for employees. The Diocese of Fargo and other Catholic employers are suing against federal health care rules. They say covering procedures like abortion and gender transition surgery go against Catholic values. In a statement, Bishop John Folda says the Church does not discriminate based on orientation. He says the Diocese wants the freedom to make faith-based coverage decisions.
Fargo, ND (WDAY News) - The city of Fargo is lowering speeds on one road. 52nd Avenue from the I-29 ramp to 25th street will go from 45-miles-per-hour to 35. The Fargo city commission voted on the change earlier this month.
Fargo, ND (WDAY News) - The man who died in a Christmas Eve murder was stabbed in the heart with a small sword. His accused killer had bail set at $1-million in court Wednesday where multiple new and disturbing details were released including the victim's name. Comments about the suspects baby is what put one man behind bars on Christmas and left another family grieving this holiday season. It happened Christmas Eve at this Fargo home behind Duane's pizza.
Fargo, ND (WDAY/WDAZ News) - A man who police say took LSD and attacked a Fargo police officer will be changing his plea in connection with the August incident. Police found 23-year old Jeb Black, without clothes, running down a South Fargo sidewalk. He resisted arrest and grabbed the groin of one officer. Police used pepper spray to restrain him. Wednesday a Cass District judge heard plans of a plea change from Black at the end of January.
Fargo, ND (WDAY/WDAZ News) - Both sides are asking for more time to prepare for a Fargo murder trial. Landon Lauwagie is accused of sexually assaulting and killing Cory Terlecky of Fargo. Lauwagie's attorney and prosecutors both say they need more time to look at the facts before going forward. His next court appearance is set for late January.