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MOORHEAD, Minn. — Those who might not have the athletic talent to make the big leagues will have the chance to explore other options for working in sports next month. Forum Communications, parent company of Forum News Service, is co-hosting with Minnesota State University Moorhead the third Sports Communication Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 18. The conference, themed "Bold North Meets MSUM," will allow high school and college students to explore the fastest growing careers in sports.
SUPERIOR, Wis. — Six people have been charged with trespassing after their protest on Tuesday morning, Aug. 29, stopped work on a segment of Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline construction in rural Douglas County, Wis.
BRAINERD, Minn. — A 30-year-old Ironton man faces 35 counts of criminal sexual conduct that allegedly took place at a Brainerd residence involving two minor children between 13 and 18 years old. Andrew Mark Donnelly was summoned Monday and notified Tuesday, Aug. 29, of his first appearance at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 16 in a Crow Wing County District courtroom in Brainerd.
PLANKINTON, S.D. — A Plankinton man was sentenced to 87 years in the state penitentiary for sexual abuse, officials announced Wednesday. Christian Thomas, 43, was convicted on May 6 on 26 counts including fourth-degree rape, sexual contact with a child under 16, sexual exploitation of a minor, aiding or abetting fourth-degree rape, aiding or abetting sexual contact with child under 16 and possession of child pornography.
GRYGLA, Minn. -- A Grygla man was found dead Tuesday, Aug. 29, after a farming accident, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office. Ralph S. Lee, 80, had been cleaning the box of a farm truck used for hauling small grain when he became trapped in the truck’s chute and died, according to a news release. Deputies received a 911 call reporting Lee’s death at about 10:11 a.m. Tuesday and responded to the scene at the 43000 block of Moose River Road in Northwood Township, in the far northwest portion of Beltrami County.
GRAND FORKS -- A Grand Forks airman will spend 15 months in prison and could be dishonorably discharged from service for possessing child pornography. Melbourne Michael Anderson, 27, was sentenced Tuesday in military court on one count of possessing child pornography, said Shaun Shenk, public affairs chief for Grand Forks Air Force Base. He was demoted from staff sergeant to airman basic, the lowest enlisted rank for the U.S. Air Force.
DES MOINES, Iowa -- An Iowa man who was found Monday walking on North Washington Street on the outskirts of Grand Forks has been charged in the death of his stepson in Des Moines. Randy Dean Miles Jr., 41, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and first-degree arson in the death of Christopher Lenhart, 26, whose burned body was found near two burning vehicles Aug. 25 in Des Moines. Lenhart died Aug. 27 in an Iowa City hospital.
ST. PAUL -- A post-summer survey shows an upward trend of Minnesota’s tourism business, the state’s tourism promotion office said. Summer revenue was up for 42 percent of survey respondents and occupancy was up 35 percent, according to Explore Minnesota on Wednesday, Aug. 30. Meanwhile, 30 percent of respondents experienced a decrease in revenue and 31 percent said occupancy was down. The hotel and motel sector reported decreased occupancy due to significant growth of new hotel rooms in the Twin Cities area, the tourism office said in its news release.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Investigators believe the dog found dead Aug. 1 in Point Lake with a rope tethering her to an anchor had been previously euthanized after suffering a serious illness. Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog stated in a news release on Monday, Aug. 28, that the dog's owner "placed the dog in Point Lake as a burial site because that is where the owner had taken the dog many times in the past to swim and fish.''
BISMARCK — A North Dakota district judge based in Fargo will retire early next year, the state Supreme Court said Monday, Aug. 28. Norman Anderson, a judge in the East Central Judicial District, notified Gov. Doug Burgum last week that he would retire from his position as of Jan. 31, 2018. The judicial district covers Cass, Steele and Traill counties. "It has been a true honor and privilege to serve the people of North Dakota as a district court judge," Anderson wrote in the brief letter.