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BISMARCK—Sen. John Hoeven's top staffer is leaving the North Dakota Republican's office for a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm, according to a Monday, April 2, news release. Ryan Bernstein will join McGuireWoods Consulting as a senior vice president, "assisting clients with matters before Congress, regulatory agencies and the executive branch," according to a news release from the K Street firm. He has overseen Hoeven's Senate staff since 2012 and was previously an advisor to three Republican governors: Jack Dalrymple, Hoeven and Ed Schafer.
CASS LAKE, Minn. -- A man died Friday in Cass Lake residential fire in northern Minnesota, according to a release from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office received a report of a structure fire at 11:14 p.m. in the area of Second Street East in Cass Lake. Officers and the Cass Lake Fire Department found the home engulfed in flames.
DULUTH — Two adults and a 2-year-old child died, and three others were injured in a crash involving a wrong-way driver on Interstate 35 in Duluth during the early morning hours of Monday, April 2. A 1997 Toyota 4Runner, driven by Duluth resident Aaron David Dame, 23, was traveling north on southbound I-35 near 40th Avenue West when it struck a 2001 GMC Yukon head-on shortly before 1 a.m. Monday, according to the State Patrol. The crash killed both Dame and the Yukon’s driver, Duanda Letrice Robinson, 26, of Duluth, according to the State Patrol.
ALEXANDER, N.D. -- A 89-year-old man from rural North Dakota, died after he was pinned between a fence post and a trailer near here on Friday, March 30. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Jacob Heen, 33, was backing up a truck and trailer to a fence to load cattle in a pasture in rural McKenzie county around 10:40 a.m.
AITKIN, Minn.—A rare art window depicting the resurrection of Christ graces the east wall of the United Methodist Church in Aitkin in north-central Minnesota. The craft of painted glass windows flourished in the 19th century. The German-made window, purchased in Chicago by Horace Osterhout, traveled to Aitkin by train, according to information provided by the Aitkin church. At that time, the congregation drew up plans and expected to break ground on a church in 1915.
CLOQUET, Minn.—A Twin Cities humane society has removed 41 Chihuahuas from a Carlton County property in far northeast Minnesota. The Carlton County Sheriff's Office reported Friday, March 30, that it was contacted last week by officials from Animal Humane Society of Golden Valley, Minn., "regarding a complaint they received of 20-30 dogs living in filthy conditions."
DICKINSON, N.D. -- A Dickinson man has been charged with two felony counts of child pornography. Lanny Schiele, 46 of Dickinson, has been charged with promoting or directing an obscene sexual performance by a minor, a Class A felony, and possession of certain prohibited materials, a Class C felony. Schiele made his initial appearance in court Thursday, but did not enter a plea.
RICHARDTON, N.D. -- The ethanol plant owned by Red Trail Energy reported an ethanol spill Thursday, March 29, at their plant near Richardton in southwest North Dakota. The leak was not noticed by workers and resulted in 202 barrels, or 8,484 gallons, of ethanol spilled.
NAYTAHWAUSH, Minn. -- The body of a man found in a residential yard in Naytahwaush on March 22 has been identified as Phillip Wade Jr., 22, of Naytahwaush, according to Mahnomen County Sheriff Doug Krier. Wade was well-known in Naytahwaush, a village of about 600 people on the White Earth Reservation in Mahnomen County, but was not known to the woman who found him in her yard.
LAKOTA, N.D.—A Grand Forks man has been ordered to spend more than four years behind bars for trying to sexually assault a juvenile boy in northeast North Dakota. Leo Lars Borgen, 52, was sentenced Thursday in Nelson County District Court to 10 years in prison for a Class B felony count of attempted gross sexual imposition. Five years of that sentence will be suspended, and he was credited 281 days for time served.