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U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., faces new allegations of sexual assault after two unnamed women have come forward accusing Franken of grabbing their buttocks on separate occasions, the Huffington Post and Star Tribune is reporting.
BISMARCK — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the state of North Dakota almost $15 million for water infrastructure projects, the agency said Tuesday, Nov. 21. The projects are also funded with a state match, repayments from prior loans and interest earnings. Among the projects targeted for the loans are the Grand Forks water treatment plant, the replacement of sewer lines and construction of stormwater control projects in Larimore and Jamestown's efforts to improve a wastewater treatment plant.
BISMARCK — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp unveiled a bill Tuesday, Nov. 21, to provide financing to ensure 2,000 North Dakotans who have paid into the Central States Pension Plan can keep their retirement savings. Heitkamp, D-N.D., announced the bill that she helped write at the Bismarck Teamsters Union hall. Her office noted the government-sponsored insurance company for multiemployer pensions, the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corp., is projected to become insolvent by 2025.
ST. PAUL — A federal judge sentenced sentenced a Minnesota man to more than 10 years in prison Monday, Nov. 20, for defrauding investors in a housing project in the Bakken oil patch. Ronald David Johnson, 51, was sentenced to 126 months — 10½ years — in prison for the scheme, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota. In June, a jury convicted the Corcoran, Minn., man on nine counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.
DEER CREEK, Minn. — A 3-year-old in Deer Creek was apparently shot by a 5-year-old Sunday morning, Nov. 19, the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office said. The victim is in stable condition at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, the office said without releasing any names. A dispatcher got the 911 call around 7:30 a.m. and learned about the shooting from a caller, who said it was an accident. Along with the sheriff's office, the State Patrol, the Wadena County Sheriff's Office, Deer Creek Rescue and Tri County Ambulance all responded.
GRAND FORKS—Wintry weather and colder temperatures could move into the region before a warm-up and dry weather starting Sunday and possibly holding into the Thanksgiving weekend, according to the National Weather Service. However, a long-range forecast shows it could be a colder than normal and snowy winter. The snow and rain mix this week is expected to be isolated, weather service meteorologist Brittany Peterson said Thursday.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. -- Allegations of excessive force after a traffic stop in Worthington are the center of a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota. In a news release, the ACLU-MN said it represents Anthony Promvongsa, a Worthington resident stopped in July 2016, in a case filed against Worthington, its police department and the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force.
WILLMAR, Minn. – A 73-year-old Willmar man died Tuesday, Nov. 14, after suffering a medical issue while driving and being involved in a two-vehicle crash at around 3:30 p.m on U.S. Highway 12 East in Willmar. The Willmar Police Department said it is unclear whether the man, identified as Leon Muller, died from the medical issue or from injuries received during the crash. Emergency responders to the scene began CPR on Muller and he was transported to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, where he was pronounced dead.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Highway Patrol is transitioning from white to black patrol vehicles over the course of the next 4 to 5 years. “Black vehicles will enhance the safety of the motoring public as well our officers, because they are easier to see during white-out conditions,” said NDHP Colonel Mike Gerhart. Forty new black vehicles are on order and will be integrated into the fleet beginning January 2018.
The National Weather Service is urging caution while driving due to dense fog, and slippery road conditions could make conditions even worse. A dense fog advisory is currently in effect for much of the Red River Valley and west central Minnesota and will remain in place until 10 a.m. The weather service says visibility may be less than a quarter mile in some places.