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DULUTH—Enbridge Energy is giving landowners more time to decide if they want the old Line 3 oil pipeline removed from their property after regulators approved a replacement for the aging pipeline last month. The Calgary-based company filed proposals to comply with conditions set on the certificate of need and route permit set by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, which approved the approximately 340-mile pipeline that will stretch across northern Minnesota to connect Alberta with Superior, Wis.
RAY, N.D. -- A 67-year-old Minot man has died when the semi he was driving carrying 9,000 gallons of gasoline and 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel overturned in the median of U.S. Highway 2 about 3 miles west of Ray or about 15 miles northeast of Williston about 4 a.m. on Monday, July 16. The name of the driver will be released Tuesday pending notification of family.
WARROAD, Minn. -- A Warroad man has been accused of sexually assaulting a young child inside a campground bathroom in Roseau County in far northwest Minnesota.
OAKDALE, Minn. -- Two Illinois men are being charged in Washington County with one count each of felony aiding and abetting possession of untaxed tobacco products, according to the Minnesota Department of Revenue. According to the criminal complaint, Mohamad Tlaib of Palos Hills and Hamdi Nimer of Tinley Park were stopped Nov. 9, 2017, on Interstate 94 near the St. Croix Weigh Station by a Minnesota trooper after bypassing the open weigh station in a white unmarked straight truck.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- A western North Dakota superintendent facing drug charges waived preliminary hearings on Thursday, July 12. Bowman County District Superintendent David Mahon was charged in March with two Class C felony counts of endangerment of a child or vulnerable adult, as well as two Class B misdemeanors for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.
GRAND FORKS -- Investigators have released the name of a woman who died after drowning in a pool this week in Grand Forks. Maggie Berlin, 61, was found unresponsive shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, in a pool, according to a news release from the Grand Forks Police Department. Emergency responders called to the scene attempted to revive her, but the attempt was unsuccessful, the release said. As of Friday, there was no indication of foul play, Zimmel said, “but we will not arrive at any final conclusions until the investigation is complete.”
DULUTH -- Lightning struck a Duluth church early Thursday morning, July 12, and that is believed to have caused about $75,000 in fire and water damage. The Duluth Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at Christ Lutheran Church where crews found heavy fire around a cross cupola structure on the roof of the church, authorities said.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota law enforcement made nearly 25,000 arrests for driving while intoxicated in 2017 and 42 officers were honored Thursday at a Minnesota Twins game as the 11th DWI enforcer all-star team. In 2017, the all-stars made 2,751 DWI arrests in Minnesota. On average, three people every hour are arrested for DWI in the state. Minneapolis police officer Steve Wuorinen led the way with 165 arrests in the Twin Cities. In outstate Minnesota, State Trooper Mitch Elzen arrested 123 drunk drivers.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Supreme Court affirmed Ashley Hunter 's convictions on Wednesday, July 11, for murdering two men in Fargo three years ago.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- A 38-year-old Brainerd man was struck and killed by a BNSF Railway train during the early morning hours Wednesday, July 11, in Brainerd, railroad officials reported. The fatality was reported about 2:35 a.m. A BNSF statement from spokeswoman Amy McBeth said a person was lying on the tracks when the train approached. The person was not at a designated crossing, McBeth said.