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• Woman accuses Dickinson officer of using excessive force

The Dickinson Police Department is investigating one of its officers after a woman said the officer used excessive force while arresting her Jan. 18.

Dickinson resident Chelsey Borden, 24, was arrested by Officer Chad Hopponen after what police say was a physical altercation inside the Holiday convenience store at 231 W. Museum Dr.

Borden says she was cut on the cheek and suffered bruising as a result of handcuffs being used improperly during the arrest. Borden’s social media posts about the arrest have garnered nearly 400 comments and close to 100 shares.

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• Essentia cuts long-term opioid prescriptions


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As opioid addiction and overdose rates continue to rise across the country, Essentia Health is making an unprecedented effort to reduce the number of its patients who rely on prescription opioids — and it’s working.

In the five years between June 2014 and June 2019, the number of Essentia Health patients who were on prescription opioids for chronic pain decreased by 52%.

In that same time frame, the number of new patients who were prescribed opioids for chronic pain dropped by 64%. There has also been a 30-40% drop in the number of surgical opioid prescriptions, as well as a drop in emergency room opioid prescriptions.

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• Supporters of Duluth building must pay for stay from its demolition

Asbestos Control & Consulting Team workers carry furniture from the former Kozy Bar to a trash container in November. The firm was hired to remove asbestos and other hazardous materials from the site of the former Kozy Bar, also known as the Pastoret Terrace and Paul Robeson Ballroom buildings, at the corner of First Street and Second Avenue East. A fire in 2010 lead to the buildings being condemned for human habitation. Courtesy / Duluth News Tribune

In an order delivered Wednesday, Judge Eric Hylden has granted a stay that would protect the Paul Robeson Ballroom and Pastroret Terrace buildings, pending an appeal of his earlier ruling in favor of the Duluth Economic Development Authority's plan to demolish the fire-damaged structures.


But those who still hope to save the historic buildings will need to come up with another $50,000 to keep the wrecking ball at bay. That financial burden will fall on the shoulders of the plaintiffs — a group of local preservationists called Respect Starts Here and Dr. Eric Ringsred, the former owner of the properties in question.

"Plaintiffs note, and the court agrees, that without the stay, defendants (DEDA) could demolish the building, which would render the appeal moot," Hylden wrote, noting the possibility that the Minnesota Court of Appeals could overturn his decision.

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• Grand Forks entrepreneur opens handcrafted ice cream business

Paul McCollough, ice cream entrepreneur, works in the kitchen at The Ember making ice cream products, including push-ups and pints of homemade You Betcha ice cream. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

Paul McCullough really likes ice cream. Always has, he says.

So much so that he’s trying to start a business, selling handcrafted ice cream, and he’s partnered with The Ember in downtown Grand Forks to move his young business, “You Betcha Ice Cream,” forward.

McCullough rents the kitchen at The Ember, where he stores his ingredients and makes small-batch ice cream, usually about three-and-a-half gallons at a time, he said. He packages his product by hand in pint containers; it sells for $7 a pint.


Though he makes a variety of flavors, he said: “I try to keep the base as similar and simple as possible."

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