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A man wanted for felonies in Florida was arrested after a high speed chase outside Moorhead. 47-year-old Brian Mikul of Alabama faces charges of fleeing and DWI. He has three outstanding warrants in Florida, including for a probation violation and grand theft auto. The police pursuit began in Moorhead on Old 52 before midnight, ending near the weigh station along I-94, just outside Moorhead. Clay County deputies deployed stop sticks, causing Mikul's front passenger tire to go flat. The vehicle then went into the ditch and he fled on foot into a field before officers arrested him. He could be extradited to Florida.

Three women are arrested in Grand Forks following a search related to stolen pharmaceutical drugs. Jodi Olson, Alexis Littlewind and Amanda Peterson were arrested on charges related to burglary and possessing illegal drugs with the intent to deliver. The search warrant was related to recent pharmacy burglaries in Hillsboro and Larimore. The estimated "street value" of the stolen narcotics is estimated at nearly $50,000.

The Moorhead City Council has decided not to pursue an ordinance restricting how close high risk sex offenders can live from schools, daycares, and other places children are present. An ordinance could hinder efforts by causing offenders to stop registering. Police argue restrictions are ineffective, because 90 percent of sex offenders are first-time offenders and are acquainted with their victims. 

A controversial ad for a controversial policy is getting attention after it was published in the Star Tribune. The full-page ad reads: "A male wants to shower beside your 14-year-old daughter. Are you ok with that?" It's in reference to a proposed Minnesota State High School League policy. The policy would allow transgender high school athletes to play in sports based on their gender identity, not their gender at birth. The league will review details of the policy tomorrow and vote Thursday.

In national news, authorities have charged an Oklahoma man with first-degree murder in the beheading of a food plant worker. Alton Nolen had been fired from the company just before he walked into the plant's administrative office in suburban Oklahoma City on Thursday and attacked two women. Police say the company's chief operating officer, who is also a reserve sheriff's deputy, shot Nolen, stopping the attack.

Take a look at today's Forum: Mourners gather to remember NDSU student Tom Bearson.

And tonight on the news: An update on the new Sanford building.

Time now for our retweet of the day. It's from @Snoopy: "Tomorrow is October, which means... THE GREAT PUMPKIN IS COMING!"

You can find that retweet @WDAYnews or @LaneWDAY.

Thanks for joining us today. Tune in for more news tonight at 5, 6 and 10.

Have a great Tuesday.