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CLOQUET, Minn.—A Twin Cities humane society has removed 41 Chihuahuas from a Carlton County property in far northeast Minnesota. The Carlton County Sheriff's Office reported Friday, March 30, that it was contacted last week by officials from Animal Humane Society of Golden Valley, Minn., "regarding a complaint they received of 20-30 dogs living in filthy conditions."
DICKINSON, N.D. -- A Dickinson man has been charged with two felony counts of child pornography. Lanny Schiele, 46 of Dickinson, has been charged with promoting or directing an obscene sexual performance by a minor, a Class A felony, and possession of certain prohibited materials, a Class C felony. Schiele made his initial appearance in court Thursday, but did not enter a plea.
RICHARDTON, N.D. -- The ethanol plant owned by Red Trail Energy reported an ethanol spill Thursday, March 29, at their plant near Richardton in southwest North Dakota. The leak was not noticed by workers and resulted in 202 barrels, or 8,484 gallons, of ethanol spilled.
NAYTAHWAUSH, Minn. -- The body of a man found in a residential yard in Naytahwaush on March 22 has been identified as Phillip Wade Jr., 22, of Naytahwaush, according to Mahnomen County Sheriff Doug Krier. Wade was well-known in Naytahwaush, a village of about 600 people on the White Earth Reservation in Mahnomen County, but was not known to the woman who found him in her yard.
LAKOTA, N.D.—A Grand Forks man has been ordered to spend more than four years behind bars for trying to sexually assault a juvenile boy in northeast North Dakota. Leo Lars Borgen, 52, was sentenced Thursday in Nelson County District Court to 10 years in prison for a Class B felony count of attempted gross sexual imposition. Five years of that sentence will be suspended, and he was credited 281 days for time served.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill giving more than 30,000 state workers raises. The Democratic governor signed the bill Tuesday, March 27, a day after the Senate and House passed it. Most state workers will receive a 2 percent raise this year, and 2.25 percent increase in the next fiscal year (some earlier reports indicated it would be 2.5 percent).
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn.—Seven people were detained Saturday after allegedly crossing from Canada to the United States near International Falls illegally. According to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, border patrol agents saw five snowmobiles travel south from Canada and enter the U.S. on Rainy Lake near Dryweed Island. While investigating, agents found seven people at a local lodge.
FARGO - Vice President Mike Pence will speak Tuesday afternoon, March 27, at a public event hosted by the non-profit group America First Policies. You can learn more about the event here . Pence's speech will be streamed live on Forum Communication websites beginning at 2:15 p.m. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is also expected to speak.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - The Fergus Falls Fire Department responded to a small fire reported at the Regional Treatment Center around 6:15 p.m. Thursday, March 22. The Fire Department said the fire was in the former power plant building where crews had been working earlier in the day, using cutting torches. It's believed sparks from the cutting torches caused the ignition of styrofoam insulation on the upper level. The portion of the power house is believed to be undergoing the first phase of the city's deconstruction plans.
LEECH LAKE, Minn.—The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe weighed in Monday, March 19, on two bills at the Minnesota Legislature that would eliminate a state standard regulating the amount of sulfate allowed in wild rice waters. In a letter to Sen. Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids, and Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, the band's Executive Director Robert Budreau Jr. also objected to Minnesota's current listing of wild rice water.