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ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A man suspected of snowmobiling while drunk was able to outrun officers, despite crashing on a frozen lake, but his footprints later led to his arrest. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as Jere Dosdall, 47, of Alexandria.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- A 22-year-old Dickinson man is dead after being struck by a pickup truck in the early hours of New Year's Day, the Dickinson Police Department said in a press release Sunday afternoon. The victim, whose name has not been released, was walking in an unknown direction on the west business loop near the intersectIon with Eighth Street West around 2:45 a.m., when a northbound vehicle operated by Michael Bracamonte, 23, of Dickinson, struck the victim. Bracamonte then allegedly fled the scene, according to police.
The biggest headlines left Minnesotans stunned in 2016, with three stories clearly standing alone as the most shocking. But politics, new stadiums, health care and a drug epidemic also made their mark statewide. These are the top 10 stories compiled by Forum News Service and ranked by editors across the state.
SPICER, Minn. – Trifecta Deals, who sells hoverboards across the country, is being sued by Kris and Joel Paffrath of Spicer, Minn. The couple believe the company sold them a defective hoverboard in May 2016, which was the cause of a fire at their Spicer home in July 2016. The fire killed the family’s four dogs, injured Kris Paffrath and caused over $50,000 in damages to the home.
Moorhead, MN – 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 - A man who police say took LSD and attacked a Fargo police officer will be changing his plea to guilty 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 - 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.
Morton County, ND - A SWAT team was called out to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests for the first time in weeks. The Morton County Sheriff's Office says protestors gathered several times on the backwater bridge in the afternoon, five people were arrested for trespassing. About an hour later authorities say more protestors gathered and tampered with barricades before crossing. Soon after, about 80 people gathered on Turtle Hill where some allegedly said they were getting guns.
WAGNER, S.D. — A Wagner man has been charged with rape for allegedly having sex with an unconscious, intoxicated woman. Jubal Grant, 18, was charged with third-degree rape on Dec. 8, stemming from a Nov. 12 incident in which he allegedly walked into a woman's room, took her clothes off and engaged in sexual acts until the woman woke up.