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DULUTH — The Superior Hiking Trail Association has hired a new executive director to lead its work on maintaining, improving and supporting the iconic hiking route along the North Shore. Denny Caneff, who most recently spent 13 years as executive director of the River Alliance of Wisconsin, was hired after a four-month search to replace Gayle Coyer, who stepped down earlier this year after 16 years leading the SHTA. Caneff was selected from more than 70 applicants for the position.
ST. PAUL -- A Minneapolis man was sentenced to 11 years in prison Friday for selling heroin in the Bemidji area and two co-defendants will also serve time in a case officials described as the “largest heroin seizure in northern Minnesota.”
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Senate killed a bill Thursday, April 20, that would have allowed state elected officials to carry concealed weapons in publicly owned or operated buildings. Sen. Kelly Armstrong, R-Dickinson, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, recommended that his colleagues defeat Senate Bill 2139 after members of a legislative conference committee couldn't reach a compromise. The bill failed in a 3-43 vote. It would have required officials carrying concealed weapons in public buildings to have firearms proficiency training.
SPICER, Minn. -- U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson will host a bipartisan legislative forum to discuss the opioid crisis at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center in rural Spicer. State legislators, Sen. Andrew Lang, R-Olivia, and Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar, will also be at the session. “With partisanship at an all-time high, it’s more important now than ever to reach across the aisle,” said the DFL’er Peterson in a news release.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed the state's new medical marijuana law. Burgum signed Senate Bill 2344 Monday night. It comes after voters approved an initiated measure legalizing medical marijuana in November. Lawmakers said that law was unworkable and needed changes.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota Highway Patrol seized 1.7 pounds of heroin, a bag of marijuana and nearly $27,000 in cash and checks near Rapid City last month, according to a press release issued Tuesday, April 18. According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, two Washington state residents were arrested on drug-related charges following a March 31 morning traffic stop and foot pursuit on Interstate 90, just west of Rapid City.
RED WING, Minn. — Police in Red Wing opened a homicide investigation Tuesday, April 18, after finding a man with a bullet wound dead on a city sidewalk. Officers responded to a report of an unconscious man at 12:06 a.m. to discover the body Dangelo Masterjohn, 27, of Red Wing. The Red Wing Police Department is asking the public to provide tips by calling 651-385-3155 or submitting an anonymous tip to Minnesota Crime Stoppers online at www.crimestoppersmn.org .
Charlene Nelson, the rural Casselton, N.D. resident who led the 2012 campaign to pass a controversial measure to eliminate property taxes in North Dakota, will be appearing as a guest on The Jay Thomas Show Tuesday afternoon at approximately 2:35 p.m. You can listen to the interview live by clicking here.
VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn. — State officials are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting here Sunday night, April 16. According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, a Ramsey County Sheriff’s deputy shot an unidentified man in a recreational vehicle near Highway 61 and Interstate 694 on the north side of the Twin Cities.
DICKINSON, N.D. — A 36-year-old Bismarck motorcyclist was injured late Saturday, April 15, after another driver struck him from behind and fled the scene. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said the motorcyclist was traveling west on Interstate 94, about 3 miles east of Dickinson, when his Harley Davidson was struck from behind at 11:07 p.m. by a 2012 Dodge Journey, driven by a 39-year-old Dickinson man.