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FARGO — Gary Rogers, a legendary Wahpeton broadcaster who's brought to area listeners more than 5,000 games from around the southern Red River Valley, has died. Rogers passed away Saturday, Aug. 12, just before midnight at the age of 72, according to KBMW-AM radio. On Monday, Wahpeton declared "Gary Rogers Day," complete with a parade of fire trucks as people thanked him for his service to the community. Rogers was also a volunteer firefighter for 38 years.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem welcomed a federal court ruling Friday, Aug. 11, that his office said may put an end to the 12-year proceedings that have delayed construction of the Northwest Area Water Supply project. A U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., ruled Thursday that the environmental impact statement for the project met requirements for the National Environmental Protection Act. The project will bring water from the Missouri River to Minot and the surrounding counties in northwest North Dakota.
MILLE LACS LAKE, Minn.—Catch-and-release walleye fishing and use of live bait will return to Mille Lacs Lake effective at 6 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11, continuing through Sept. 4. "After an extended mid-season closure, we look forward to reopening the lake to catch-and-release walleye fishing," said Don Pereira, fisheries section chief for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in a news release.
BISMARCK—Gov. Doug Burgum appointed seven people, including two North Dakota mayors, to the State Water Commission Thursday, Aug. 10. Burgum previously opened up applications for the seven appointee slots, with the first-term Republican calling it a "good board governance practice to thoroughly review a pool of leadership candidates at the beginning of a new term." Fifty-three people applied for the commission.
WILLMAR, Minn. – A 27-year-old Willmar man made his first court appearance Thursday for allegedly attacking a witness at his job who testified in a past drug case against him. Paulo Natividad Portillo has been charged in Kandiyohi County District Court with one felony count of first-degree tampering with a witness – injured in retaliation, for an alleged incident June 21 at the Willmar Cash Wise Foods.
DULUTH -- The St. Marys River between lakes Superior and Huron was partially closed to commercial vessels as of Thursday morning, Aug. 10, after a U.S. cargo ship ran aground less than 3 miles east of the Soo Locks. The 629-foot Calumet departed Essar Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and was transiting downbound in the St. Marys River to its next port of call in Brevort, Mich., when it ran aground 20 minutes before midnight Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a news release.
MEDINA, Minn. — Polaris is urging owners of their Scrambler ATVs to not ride them until repairing a flaw that could cause the vehicle’s throttle to fail. The recall, announced Tuesday, Aug. 8, involves all Scrambler XP 1000 vehicles from model years 2014 through 2017. The company reports it has had nine reports of the throttle release switch failing, resulting in two minor injuries.
Two people whose bodies were discovered in a Jamestown home Sunday died by murder-suicide, according to Scott Edinger, chief of police.
ST. CLOUD — A St. Cloud man is being charged with second-degree murder after punching another man in an early Saturday morning confrontation. Travis Johnson, 21, punched 22-year-old Anthony Shriver of Waconia while walking home with a group of friends at about 2:30 a.m., according to a St. Cloud Police Department report. Police responded to the fight and took Johnson into custody, when he was cited for fifth-degree assault and released.
BISMARCK — A routine highway traffic stop Monday afternoon led to one of the largest drug busts in state Highway Patrol history. Harold Miller, 71, of Sacramento, Calif., was stopped in his Dodge minivan on eastbound I-94 between Mandan and Bismarck for minor traffic violations Aug. 7. During the stop, the trooper smelled a strong odor of marijuana. Miller admitted to having marijuana in the car, and the resulting search of the car revealed 183 pounds of the drug, worth about $700,000.