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Elevator fraud victims likely to get a fraction of what is owed
October 8, 2019 - 6:00am
MINNEAPOLIS — Federal prosecutors in the Jerry Hennessey fraud case recommended to the court how the $5.3 million in restitution should be...
Minnesota Supreme Court denies Line 3 appeal, likely allowing project to advance
September 17, 2019 - 3:01pm
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday, Sept. 17, denied a request to weigh in on the adequacy of an environmental impact assessment...
Small towns continue to eliminate police forces, instead relying on deputies to cover widespread regions
September 8, 2019 - 7:13am
NORTHWOOD, N.D. — Everyone smiles and waves at Northwood Police Chief Mark Pollert as he walks into Skip’s Cenex to buy a cup of coffee....
Big-game hunting embezzler from Minnesota imprisoned in North Carolina
August 19, 2019 - 6:00am
BUTNER, N.C. — Jerry Hennessey, who used money from the elevator he managed in Minnesota to pay for big-game hunting trips, on July 29 reported...
Recognition experts aim to keep drug-impaired drivers off North Dakota roads
August 12, 2019 - 6:00am
BISMARCK — North Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Tarek Chase is vigilant, constantly gauging the sobriety of people around him, even when he's...
Another dispute over oil refinery near national park goes to North Dakota Supreme Court
August 7, 2019 - 4:57pm
BISMARCK — Two environmental groups who believe North Dakota regulators should have waded into the dispute over the site of an $800 million...
Rural Minnesota faces its own drug crisis
July 29, 2019 - 9:41am
DULUTH — On Tuesday, July 23, Sue Purchase loaded up the trunk of her car outside her Duluth home and drove to the Fond du Lac Reservation...
Missing person cases in Bismarck still open after 25, 30 years
July 24, 2019 - 5:35pm
BISMARCK — Michelle Julson hasn’t been seen since the day 25 years ago when she dropped off her 3-year-old son at his paternal grandfather’s...
Police: Minnesota woman forged doctor's signature to receive thousands of dollars
July 20, 2019 - 11:36am
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — An East Grand Forks woman is facing 10 felonies on allegations she forged a doctor’s signature to receive more...
'I just want to be a mother to my kids': Mother says fight for child on Spirit Lake felt hopeless
July 14, 2019 - 6:19am
A silent tear rolled down Nina Martin’s cheek as she looked around the pink, Minnie Mouse-themed bedroom. A neat pile of toys sat in the corner...
Accident or murder? Use of homicide charges to prosecute fatal overdoses draws controversy
June 30, 2019 - 8:00pm
DULUTH, Minn. — Bryan Hodapp of Eveleth shared some synthetic mushrooms with his girlfriend while they attended a wedding rehearsal. Soon after,...
What 'life' means here: Killers serving life sentences in Minnesota must wait 30 years for potential parole
June 30, 2019 - 7:35am
STILLWATER, Minn. — A robber. A gang member. A cop killer. They were convicted of the unthinkable and sentenced to life in prison. Decades...
New Ulm Diocese to pay $34M to victims of sexual abuse
June 26, 2019 - 5:30pm
NEW ULM, Minn. — A settlement with 93 claimants who were sexually abused as children by clergy and others in the Diocese of New Ulm has been...
A memory care patient in Fargo died after a fight, but no one's facing criminal charges
June 25, 2019 - 6:05am
FARGO — It's widely known that Fargo police have investigated two homicides so far this year: the January murder-suicide of an elderly couple...
Tribes battling Dakota Access win partial victory in dispute over federal documents
June 24, 2019 - 6:10pm
BISMARCK — American Indian tribes suing to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline have won a partial victory in a dispute over government documents,...