1. SD family struggles after debt pushes husband to suicide
From The Washington Post via Forum News Service
Amber Dykshorn stood at her kitchen window and watched the storm come in.
It was a very dark Saturday night in the middle of the summer in the middle of a year that is on track to be the wettest in more than a century. The wind blew over the farm, the rain came down and she heard the ominous pings on her roof - pea-sized hail, striking the still-fragile stalks of the only corn her husband, Chris Dykshorn, was able to plant before he took his own life in June.
Did their crop insurance cover hail damage? She had no idea. That was something Chris would have taken care of, if he were here. Instead, she was alone, with nearly $300,000 in farm debt, three kids ages 5 to 13 and a host of grief-fueled questions. Why hadn't she been able to save him? What would happen to them now?
2. Keystone Pipeline resumes service
Federal regulators have given the go-ahead for TC Energy's Keystone Pipeline to resume operation after a leak spilled 383,000 gallons of oil in northeast North Dakota in late October.
TC Energy said the pipeline will operate at reduced pressure with the volume of oil moving through it gradually increasing until it reaches normal conditions again. The Alberta, Canada-based energy company said it will be monitoring rights-of-way, valve sites and pump stations with crews on land and in the air as the system is fully reactivated.
Federal authorities allowed the pipeline to resume service after approving TC Energy's repair and restart plan, the company announced Sunday, Nov. 10
The Keystone Pipeline, which carries oil from Alberta to refineries in Texas and Illinois, leaked the equivalent of 9,120 barrels — enough to fill about half an Olympic-size swimming pool — in a rural area 3 miles northwest of Edinburg on Oct. 30. TC Energy said a computer system monitoring the pipeline noticed the leak at about 10:20 p.m. CST and shut down the system.
3. Dashcam footage shows details of Nevis shootings
NEVIS, Minn. — It was a Valentine's Day many in a small Minnesota community will never forget — when three people were left dead and a sheriff's deputy was injured after a domestic dispute escalated, ending in a car chase and roadside shoot out.
Police dash camera footage from the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office shows much of what unfolded the night of Feb. 14, when 34-year-old Bryce Bellomo shot and killed his sisters-in-law outside of a day care in Nevis and later led officers on a dangerous car chase down icy rural highways before taking his own life.
Bellomo, who was known in Nevis as a volunteer firefighter, award-winning taxidermist and leader of a Boy Scout Troop, had been served divorce papers earlier in February. The couple had just dropped their kids off at the day care when police said Bellomo confronted his in-laws.
Dash camera footage captures the first moments that law enforcement became aware of the soon-to-be deadly domestic incident. It was just before 8 p.m. on when the first call came in.
4. Free Fargo-Moorhead bus route may be shut down
It appears a free bus route linking downtown Fargo and Moorhead will be ending at the end of the year.
Ridership on the free "LinkFM" wasn't found to be financially feasible, according to Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney.
The "circulator route" started in 2015 and, at an annual cost of about $231,700 split between the two cities, was intended to provide easy access to downtown Fargo, alleviate parking concerns with easy access to parking near the Moorhead Center Mall and serve as an economic development tool.
The route circulated through the two downtowns every 15 minutes with stops at the mall and Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead and at the library, along Broadway, at the post office, federal court building and downtown bus depot in Fargo.
5. Kristofferson special guest at Dempsey's 32 Below concert
The popular local band 32 Below had a special guest when they played at Dempsey's Irish pub in downtown Fargo late Saturday night, Nov. 9.
In fact, he was what the band called "a legend." After performing at the Fargo Theatre, singer-songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson, 83, stopped in at the popular music venue and played one of his top hits, the 1970 classic "Me and Bobby McGee" with the band.
The band said in a Facebook post that they taped an invitation to his bus door and, sure enough, he showed up after his show just down the street.
Dempsey's bouncer Landon Weber said Kristofferson was a "true gentleman."