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BISMARCK -- A 76-year-old man killed in a single-vehicle crash northwest of Bismarck on Sunday, Sept. 2, has been identified as Richard Hoge of Baldwin, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. Hoge was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Impala eastbound on 97th Avenue Northwest about five miles from Bismarck when he failed to negotiate a curve and went into the ditch. The vehicle struck two large trees. Hoge was pronounced dead at the crash site, the patrol said.
DULUTH—One man is dead and police are looking for a suspect after an early-morning shooting Saturday, Sept. 1, in downtown Duluth. Duluth police responded to the 100 block of West First Street at 12:55 a.m. to a report of a shooting. Officers found a man with a gunshot wound. The 31-year-old man was taken to a Duluth hospital where he was pronounced dead. The shooting does not appear to be random and the parties appear to be known to each other, police said.
GRAND FORKS -- Grand Forks police said a rash of counterfeit cash is making the rounds at local businesses. The department posted a photo of the bills on Facebook and circled the biggest clue that the money is fake -- “Motion Picture Use Only” is stamped across the back and in the top right corner on the front. Police Lt. Derik Zimmel said there are variations of the bills and others may have Chinese symbols printed on them. The bills are about the same size as real money, he said, but likely feel different.
WOODBURY, Minn. — A Hayward, Wis., man accused of attempting to hire a minor for prostitution had his initial hearing in Washington County District Court Aug. 2. According to the complaint: Scott Klohn, 62, approached a 17-year-old male at a fitness center in Woodbury while the male was exercising May 19. Klohn asked him if he would go into the bathroom and "poop in a cup" for him for $20. The male declined. He then saw Klohn staring at him in the locker room while standing in a towel. Klohn later removed the towel and walked around the male still staring at him.
GRAND FORKS - North Dakota ranks third in the country for states with the most impaired-driving deaths per capita, studies show. Half of the state’s 113 motor vehicle deaths in 2016 involved alcohol, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report. The national average is 28 percent. A national organization, Safewise, is aiming to reduce the number of drinking and driving fatalities and is offering free gift cards to Lyft users in North Dakota.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — A Minneapolis man accused of strangling a woman to death in a Crookston apartment last year will ask a judge to dismiss the charges against him. An attorney for Eddie Markeith Frazier, 50, filed a motion Monday, Aug. 27, to dismiss a grand jury indictment in relation to the death of 48-year-old Tawnja Rene Wallace, who was found dead in her apartment May 3, 2017. Frazier faces two first-degree murder charges and two counts of second-degree murder, all felonies, after investigators found Wallace’s body in a bathtub, according to court documents.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- A Thief River Falls man has been charged with a sex crime for allegedly inappropriately touching a child. Derek James Lian, 33, appeared Monday, Aug. 28, in Pennington County District Court on a second-degree felony count of criminal sexual conduct. He could face 25 years in prison if convicted on the charge that alleges he inappropriately touched a boy who is younger than 13 years old.
HUDSON, Wis.—Tweets linked to the recently appointed interim St. Croix Emergency Medical Services Chief have prompted an investigation after they were shared with the city of Hudson and Hudson Star-Observer by a group questioning Joe Elkin's continued employment at the city. An anonymous email signed "Concerned Citizens" from firstname.lastname@example.org shared 15 tweets from the now deleted account The Real Joe Elkin, handle @joekuhlshow.
BISMARCK — A northeast North Dakota woman has died after falling ill to a rare disease that's spread by infected rodent droppings, urine and saliva, the state Department of Health said Monday, Aug. 27. The unidentified adult woman fell ill to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. People can be exposed to HPS by breathing air that's contaminated with the virus when fresh rodent droppings, urine or nesting materials are disturbed, but it's not transmitted from person to person.
BACKUS, Minn. -- Authorities on Friday released the name of a Wisconsin woman who drowned last weekend in a rural lake in north-central Minnesota. Panhia Danielle Yang, 37, Sheboygan, Wis., had been swimming near the shore of Ponto Lake, near Backus, about 60 miles south of Bemidji, on Saturday, Aug. 18, according to a release from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.