• Dickinson mother's 600-mile journey to save her daughter
When Alice Crawford left her home in Dickinson without telling anyone of her whereabout back in August, her mother did what any mother would do — never lose hope. After months of tireless searching, she found her daughter and brought her home.
“She has a drug addiction and she called me and told me she was going to leave and I was working to try to get her into a rehab at the time,” Jill Rosenow, mother of Alice Crawford, said. “The Dickinson police were involved and they said that there was nothing they could do because she was an adult. It was heartbreaking.”
Rosenow said her daughter had a history of battling drug addiction when she ran away to Colorado. That was the last she heard from her daughter, until Rosenow's niece mentioned that Crawford was recently featured in a news feature in Denver about area homelessness.
• Remnants of Torah scrolls from Duluth synagogue fire destroyed in separate fire
Remnants of Torah scrolls from a September fire that destroyed the Adas Israel Congregation synagogue have been burned again, said David Sher, president of the congregation's board.
A Sunday night fire destroyed a garage, located on 300 block of East Second Street, which housed the pieces of scroll. The scrolls were being temporary held there as they awaited a future burial as is custom in the Jewish faith, Sher said.
In the September fire, eight of the synagogue's 14 Torah scrolls were saved entirely, officials said at a news conference the morning of the blaze. Those scrolls were not affected by Sunday's garage fire.
• Officials say SD school safe after potential threat
Following what officials called a "potential hazard" Tuesday morning in Kennebec, S.D., law enforcement has deemed the community safe.
Lyman County Sheriff Steve Manger confirmed an investigation is underway but he said he cannot release specifics about the situation that closed Lyman School District early Tuesday morning. Multiple state and local agencies declined comment Tuesday as investigation into the matter continued.
The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation acknowledged there "was a law enforcement pursuit and an accident overnight" and the Lyman County Sheriff's Office was involved. DCI Spokesman Tim Bormann said the South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash and DCI is working on the criminal angle.
• Vergas couple shocked to find baptismal font made in Perham being used at their godchild's baptism in Mexico
For 15 years, Myron and Sonya Gunderson have taken a trip every other year to Mexico. Originally, the trips were mission trips with St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Loon Lake and Ysleta Lutheran Mission Human Care to help build homes in the poor community of Anapra, Mexico.
"People at our church always ask us 'why do we keep going down to that church?'" Sonya said.
In their most recent trip down there, Myron and Sonya found a reason why. They attended the baptism of their godson at Iglesia Luterana de la Santa Biblica (The Church of the Holy Bible) and thought the church's baptismal font looked oddly similar to their church's in Vergas.
"We went over to it," and removed the sheets and covers, Myron said, "and found out it was built in 1894 by Louis H.D. Schmidt" -- in Perham.”