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DULUTH — First responders recovered the body of a male from Chester Creek on Tuesday, April 16, near the University of Minnesota Duluth. The male could not immediately be identified and it was not known Tuesday afternoon how long he was in the water. An investigation into the cause of death is ongoing, St. Louis County Undersheriff Dave Phillips said. The body was first reported around 4:32 p.m. by someone passing by the Ninth Street bridge over the creek. The steep incline, snow and ice made recovery of the body difficult, Phillips said.
GRAND FORKS — A drone captured footage of areas flooded by the Red River in Grand Forks on Wednesday, April 10. The video was taken by Lee Smalt and edited by Cody Rogness with Click Content Studios, a division of Forum Communications Co.
OSAKIS, Minn. - U.S. soldiers serving overseas frequently find themselves working in all types of weather conditions. Spending so much time outdoors often wreaks havoc on their face and lips. The Todd County Corn and Soybean Growers came to their rescue in March by donating soy-based lip balm to soldiers in Iraq.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill sealing drunk driving records for offenders who stay out of trouble. On Wednesday, April 10, the Republican governor signed House Bill 1334, a bipartisan bill touted as a way to give previous offenders a better chance of finding employment. It mandates that records be sealed if the offender doesn’t commit another crime for seven years after the initial DUI. The bill doesn't apply to commercial drivers. It takes effect Aug. 1.
Norman County Sheriff's Office reported a bridge over a drainage ditch in rural Norman County failed due to floodwaters Tuesday, April 9, according to a Facebook post. "County Hwy 18 is closed North of County Hwy 19 due to bridge failure. Be careful driving during the flood as things like this can happen at anytime," the post said, accompanied by a photo.
NAS PENSACOLA, Fla. – Fargo native Cmdr. Brian Kesselring has been named commanding officer and flight leader of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron the Blue Angels for the squadron's 2020 and 2021 air show seasons. A panel of admirals and former commanding officers selected Kesselring to succeed Capt. Eric Doyle. Applicants are required to have a minimum of 3,000 flight hours and be in current command or have had past command of a tactical jet squadron.
DULUTH -- Former Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey player Andrew Carroll was found to have Stage One CTE, his family told Twin Cities-area KSTP-TV in a report released Monday, April 1. The neurodegenerative brain disease was found after Carroll took his own life in early 2018, according to family members. Carroll was captain for parts of all four seasons he played with the Bulldogs from 2005-09.
FARGO - Grand Forks Herald Editor Kirsten Stromsodt has been named the director of news and operations for Forum Communications Co. In this role, Stromsodt will work with all FCC newsrooms across North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin to advance a variety of digital news initiatives and projects. She also will oversee operations and strategic planning for Forum News Service. Stromsodt, who has led the Herald’s newsroom for about three years, will assume her new position May 6.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — A former Thief River Falls City Council member pleaded guilty last week for his part in a brawl that ended with chair swinging and punches during a public meeting in July. A judge ruled the misdemeanor charge will disappear from 39-year-old Joshua Mark Hagen's record within six months as long as he doesn't break any other laws. Hagen and council member Jerald Brown both pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges related to the July 10 fight.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum declared a statewide flood emergency Wednesday, March 27. Burgum's executive order activates an emergency operations plan and requires state agencies to "maintain high readiness levels." It also allows the adjutant general to activate the North Dakota National Guard and waives load and spring road restrictions for vehicles needed for levee construction and other flood efforts at the discretion of the state Department of Transportation director. Burgum toured flood-affected areas in western McKenzie County Wednesday.