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ST. PAUL -- With the bear hunting season set to begin Saturday, Sept. 1, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asks that hunters avoid shooting research bears marked with distinctively large, colorful ear tags that have radio-collars.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota officials on Monday launched a statewide anonymous texting platform designed to enhance school safety and report drug crime. Project Stand Up For School Safety and Project Stand Up to Drug Crime are activated in every North Dakota city and county. The school safety project can be reached by texting “SAFE” to 82257 and drug crimes can be reported by texting “DRUGS” to 82257.
BACKUS, Minn.—A 37-year-old Sheboygan, Wis., woman drowned this weekend in a rural Backus lake in north-central Minnesota. According to the Cass County Sheriff's Office, the woman had been swimming near the shore of Ponto Lake, about 63 miles south of Bemidji, on Saturday, Aug. 18. Nearby people found the woman in the water, not breathing, at about 4:23 p.m. Life-saving measures were attempted and she was taken by helicopter to a hospital in St. Cloud where she died Sunday. Authorities are withholding the woman's identity until her family is notified of her death.
A study ranks South Dakota first and Minnesota second for overall best community college systems. The WalletHub study compared 715 colleges by cost and financing, and education and career outcomes. Pennsylvania came in last.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — A man who spent time in prison for attempted murder was arrested here Tuesday, Aug. 14, on accusations he beat a man with a souvenir baseball bat and cooler. Jerry Andrew Redden, 27, of Thief River Falls could face up to seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine.
BISMARCK — North Dakota election officials will start recounting primary election ballots next week after the Libertarian candidate for secretary of state failed to garner enough votes to advance his campaign to November. Secretary of State Al Jaeger said in an email Thursday, Aug. 16, the recount for Roland Riemers will start Aug. 24, a Friday, before continuing on Aug. 27-29.
DULUTH -- A Grand Rapids man accused of sexually assaulting his young nieces two decades ago pleaded guilty Tuesday, Aug. 14, in State District Court in Itasca County.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem again defended the state's participation in lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act Tuesday, Aug. 14. In a letter to state Rep. Corey Mock and state Sen. Joan Heckaman, the Democratic minority leaders in their respective chambers, Stenehjem said it's his duty to "support and defend the constitution." He said Congress has repealed the tax penalties for individuals who don't buy health insurance, meaning the "remaining constitutional support for the law is now gone."
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — A Thief River Falls man was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 8, for stabbing a coworker in the neck, according to court records. Louis Damian Cruz Montanez, 26, was charged with attempted murder and assault with a weapon. If convicted, he could spend up to 20 years in prison and pay a $20,000 fine. Police were called Wednesday to Northern Pride, 419 Pennington Ave. S. in Thief River Falls. An affidavit for Cruz Montanez's arrest said he got into a fight with another man in the locker room. The man allegedly swung a box fan at Cruz Montanez.
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