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ROSEVILLE, Minn.—Instead of digging holes for a new fence, Michael Shelton spent Thursday on an "unbelievable" road trip. The Bemidji man claimed his nearly $550,000 lottery win Thursday at the Minnesota Lottery headquarters in Roseville, a Twin Cities suburb north of St. Paul and a 3½-hour drive from home. Shelton bought his winning Gopher 5 ticket of $549,633 at the Orton's Bemidji Cenex. Shelton's winning numbers, drawn Wednesday evening, were 15-22-23-27-31.
BISMARCK — Attorneys for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said this week the agency will need more time to review information from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline before completing an environmental study. In a status report filed in the U.S. District Court in North Dakota, the Corps said it has "almost completed its evaluation" but now expects to issue a decision by the end of the month. It had previously expected to complete the process by Friday, Aug. 10.
BISMARCK — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will visit North Dakota next week to tour a coal mine and an adjacent power plant, Republican members of the state's congressional delegation said Thursday, Aug. 9. Perry, a former Texas governor who was tapped to lead the Department of Energy last year, will tour North American Coal's Falkirk Mine near Underwood, N.D., on Aug. 13 before examining Great River Energy's Coal Creek Station next door. Coal Creek is the largest power plant in the state.
ROSEVILLE, Minn. — A Minnesota Lottery winning ticket of nearly $550,000 recently was sold at a Bemidji business. Orton's Bemidji Cenex, located at 555 Paul Bunyan Drive NW in Bemidji, sold a Gopher 5 ticket worth $549,633, according to a release Thursday from the Minnesota Lottery. The business will receive a $5,000 bonus when the prize is claimed. The winning ticket matched all of the Gopher 5 numbers drawn Wednesday, Aug. 8 (15-22-23-27-31).
ST. PAUL—Two groups filed court documents Wednesday arguing the state's environmental review of Enbridge Energy's Line 3 oil pipeline was insufficient. Honor the Earth and Friends of the Headwaters claim the environmental impact statement, or EIS, failed to look at potential oil spills at specific locations or the results of a tribal cultural survey. In June, the five-member Minnesota Public Utilities Commission unanimously granted the 340-mile long pipeline across Minnesota a certificate of need, but deemed the EIS "adequate" in March.
DEVILS LAKE -- A man who drowned Monday, Aug. 8, at Devils Lake has been identified. Daniel Chisholm of Grand Forks died Monday afternoon at CHI St. Alexius Health, Ramsey County Sheriff Steve Nelson said. Chisholm, 64, had tried to launch his boat into Six-Mile Bay but it was pulled onto the lake by wind, Nelson said. He swam out toward the boat and tried to catch it but he went under.
CARLTON, Minn. An 84-year-old Alexandria woman was killed in a crash on Interstate 35 in northeast Minnesota on Sunday, Aug. 5. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that Darlene Ann Lewis-Lucas was attempting to make a U-turn from southbound I-35 using the interstate's median crossover and was struck by a truck traveling southbound on I-35 about 3:12 p.m. Sunday in Carlton County.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's fall duck flight is expected to be up 12 percent from last year, based on observations from the annual mid-July waterfowl production survey, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department reported Monday, Aug. 6. This year's duck brood index was up 37 percent from last year and showed 5.11 broods per square mile, an increase of 39 percent. Average brood size is unchanged at 6.76 ducklings per brood.
BISMARCK — A couple of key deadlines are coming up this week, for hunters in North Dakota. Wednesday, Aug. 8, is the deadline to apply for pronghorn licenses, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department said Monday. A total of 1,075 licenses are available in 10 open units: 1A, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4C, 5A, 6A and 7A. All licenses are valid for any pronghorn.
WAHPETON, N.D. -- One person is dead and two more are in the hospital after a home explosion in rural Wahpeton Saturday morning, Aug. 4. According to the Richland County Sheriff's Office, the explosion occurred around 9:40 a.m. when three people were inside the home. The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the explosion. The condition of the two injured people is unknown.