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CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. — A former highway patrolman was sentenced to five years in prison for stealing nearly $70,000 in evidence money. Brian Biehl, 48, of Platte, S.D., was sentenced Friday to five years in prison and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine for taking $69,668 in money confiscated during drug searches while he was employed as a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper, according to the South Dakota Attorney General's Office.
GRAND FORKS -- Police have identified the man found encased in ice under a pier of the railroad bridge in downtown Grand Forks as Donald James Campbell, 31, of Cando. Police say Campbell also used the Northlands Rescue Mission as a temporary local address. According to Lt. Brett Johnson, criminal investigations bureau commander, police were able to identify Campbell first with personal effects that were discovered in the victim's possession. With that, they had a name to run a background check.
DULUTH, Minn.—Legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan opened up about his Northland roots — a little — in a wide-ranging, lengthy interview posted to his website this week. Dylan — born in Duluth, raised in Hibbing and recipient of last year's Nobel Prize in Literature — spoke with music journalist Bill Flanagan ahead of the March 31 release of "Triplicate," a three-disc album of Dylan covering 30 standards.
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. — Four juveniles suffered minor injuries after allegedly stealing a vehicle Tuesday in Fort Thompson and leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase. A 13-year-old girl, driving a 2006 Chevrolet SUV, allegedly eluded police until the vehicle vaulted off an exit ramp, causing minor injuries for herself, a 14-year-old girl and two 10-year-old male passengers, according to Chamberlain Police Chief Joe Hutmacher.
FARGO—The Republican National Committee is embarking on a large digital advertising campaign to put pressure on Senate Democrats in targeted states, including Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, to publicly commit to an up-or-down vote regarding Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court. The RNC said in a release that the six-figure ad campaign will also push for other Republican agenda items, including repeal of the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with the American Health Care Act.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- Minnesota officials have revoked the license of a home day care in Brainerd after a 3-year-old wandered away and was not reported missing for an hour. The Minnesota Department of Human Services revoked the license of Susan Caird after finding her responsible for child neglect in the incident. Caird is the owner of Krafty Kids Kare, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a bill written to drop electrical cooperatives and municipal utilities from Minnesota Public Utilities Commission oversight. The governor said the bill, written by Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar, would eliminate protections Minnesotans enjoy when the PUC regulates their electric operations. "I have heard from many Minnesotans in opposition to this bill," Dayton wrote in his veto letter. The governor told of a farmer who could not settle a dispute with his cooperative, but once the PUC got involved it was resolved.
LAKE ANDES, S.D. — An accidental shooting killed a 11-year-old Wagner boy Sunday, officials say. Officials with the Charles Mix County Sheriff’s office confirmed they responded to an incident of a shooting involving a juvenile between Lake Andes and Marty. Officials ruled it accidental. According to an obituary from Crosby Jaeger Funeral Home, 11-year-old Landon Martin died of an accident on March 19. No other information was available.
WARROAD, Minn.—A Canadian woman who was detained at a Minnesota port of entry Sunday, March 19, had a half-ounce of marijuana stashed inside her, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers said. CBP officials say a 26-year-old woman from Big Island, Ont., was crossing into the U.S. at the Warroad with two other Canadian citizens when the car was selected for a secondary inspection. The woman's name was not released by CBP.
MORTON COUNTY, N.D.—State Highway 1806 will reopen to regular traffic at noon Tuesday, March 21, officials announced. The highway, which closed in late October following Dakota Access Pipeline protests, has been reopening in phases. At noon Tuesday, all pilot cars and traffic barriers will be removed between Fort Rice to the Cannonball Bridge. The North Dakota Highway Patrol and the Morton County Sheriff's Department will continue increased patrols in the area. Motorists are reminded to obey all traffic regulations posted in the area.