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BURNSVILLE, Minn. - Online purchasing scams, mostly involving a buyer never receiving the goods, received the most reports of fraudulent behavior last year to the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota. The BBB’s Scam Tracker , which allows users to report or see scams reported in their city, showed that employment scams were the nation’s top issue.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — Two Montana men are accused of driving through Douglas County in central Minnesota on Interstate 94 with 900 pounds of marijuana in their camper. Alexander Clifford Gordon, 24, of Helena, and Jared Michael Desroches, 30, of Missoula, were charged Tuesday, March 5, in Douglas County District Court with two counts of controlled substance crimes in the first degree for possession of more than 50 kilos of marijuana.
ZUMBROTA, Minn. — Zumbrota with no covered bridge? No way. That seems to be the sentiment after heavy snow proved too much for the historic Zumbrota Covered Bridge on Saturday, Feb 23. The roof collapsed, according to a social media post by Mayor Bradley Drenckhahn Sunday morning. “We’re in the process of stabilizing the bridge to prevent any further damage from snow and wind and we’ll be putting together a plan to repair and restore the bridge as we go along here,” City Administrator Neil Jensen said Tuesday between meetings about the bridge. “We’re going to fix it.”
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A plan to relocate nuisance wild turkeys from this northwestern Minnesota city to South Dakota has taken a twist. The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks has apparently backed out of the partnership recently struck with the city of Moorhead, according to councilwoman Sara Watson Curry. During its Monday, Feb. 11 council meeting, members approved relocating 75 turkeys to eastern South Dakota, which would have required a Minnesota DNR permit and wild turkey management plan.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota's online sales tax collections exceeded $5 million at the end of January, Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said Thursday, Feb. 21, months after the U.S. Supreme Court said states could require out-of-state retailers to collect the tax.
GRAND FORKS — Altru Hospital will soon have its first-ever air ambulance to transport patients in life or death situations to Grand Forks for treatment. The new air ambulance program, called Altru Care Flight, will focus on the hospital's current coverage area — south of the Canadian border and two hours east and west of Grand Forks by car. The single-engine prop plane will be based out of the Grand Forks airport. The service is expected to start April 1.
BISMARCK — A bill that aims to make it easier for spouses of military personnel to transfer their occupational licenses to North Dakota passed the state Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Senators voted 47-0 to move a bill from Sen. Scott Meyer, R-Grand Forks, to create occupational licensing reciprocity for military spouses who are in good standing and licensed by a reasonable entity.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has renewed his nomination of Drew Wrigley to again serve as the U.S. attorney for North Dakota. "We welcome the president's re-nomination of Drew now that the new Congress has convened," Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said in a statement on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Hoeven said Wrigley, who served as lieutenant governor from 2010 to 2016, "brings a depth of experience that will promote public safety in our state and help ensure offenders are brought to justice."
BISMARCK — The University of Mary raised more than $100 million during the first of three phases of a strategic plan and capital campaign that has a $272 million goal. The first phase of Vision 2030, completed in three and a half years, stands as the largest successful capital campaign in the history of western North Dakota, the school said Tuesday, Feb. 12. The school's Phase I goal was $96 million. “Words cannot express how honored and humbled we feel on this bright day,” said University of Mary President Monsignor James Shea at a news conference Tuesday.
BISMARCK -- A North Dakota House committee gave a "do not pass" recommendation to the session's second sexual orientation anti-discrimination bill Tuesday, Feb. 12.