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BISMARCK—First-time buyers pushed North Dakota Housing Finance Agency's homeownership program to a record breaking level this spring. According to Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director, NDHFA's FirstHome loan reservations total in May was 185 percent higher than last year. The state agency's program provides first-time home buyers with low-cost financing and, if desired, down payment and closing cost assistance.
DULUTH, Minn.—A man was found dead near his submerged pickup truck south of Ashland on Monday and a man from Minnesota died after a tree fell on his camper in Sawyer County on Sunday after storms caused extensive flooding and washed-out roads in northwestern Wisconsin this weekend.
DULUTH—On a day when weather didn’t make headlines at Grandma’s Marathon, it was the winners who were in the spotlight at Minnesota’s oldest marathon. Kenyan Elisha Barno became the first four-time men’s winner and American Kellyn Taylor smashed the women’s event record time Saturday in the 42nd annual 26.2-mile race from Two Harbors to Canal Park in Duluth. Barno, 32, who runs out of Santa Fe, N.M., reeled off the final 11 miles of the race by himself, crossing the finish line in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 6 seconds.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- An 11-year-old boy was hurt Friday morning when the truck he was riding in collided with a cow. According to a Minnesota State Patrol report, Royal Dean Larson, 45, of Windom, Minn., was driving a 2014 Ford pickup truck east on Highway 1 in Shooks Township at about 12:09 a.m. when he hit a cow in the road.
DICKINSON, N.D. — An alumna of Dickinson State University with familial ties to a global retail giant will join board for the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation. The board elected Melani Walton, a former academic and athletic All-American at DSU, as a trustee Thursday, June 14.
MEDORA, N.D. — Kat Perkins will return to the Burning Hills Amphitheater later this month for her annual afternoon concert featuring her Badlands Rising Star Campers on Saturday, June 30. "Legends" features songs from legendary artists who influenced Perkins' career as a singer-songwriter. Joining Perkins for this concert is Rock & Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Roger Fisher. The founding guitarist of the rock group Heart will perform favorite Heart tunes alongside Perkins as part of the concert set.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D.—A Larimore man was injured early Wednesday, June 13, when his car struck the side of the lead and second locomotives of a westbound Amtrak train 6 miles east of Devils Lake. Ryan Larson, 20, was driving a 2004 Ford Taurus north on 89th Avenue Northeast at 6:25 a.m. when the crash occurred at the crossing of the BNSF tracks, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The Taurus entered a ditch and overturned, and though the train sustained damage, it was not derailed and no Amtrak employees or passengers were injured.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota lottery on Tuesday, June 12, unveiled its new “Players Club” mobile app with retailer locator, the ability to purchase online plays with Pick & Click and other features. The app also can scan tickets to check for winners, a Rewards feature to earn points and access to other promotions. The app is available for download at the North Dakota Lottery’s website (lottery.nd.gov).
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- A 63-year-old Jamestown man died by suicide early Monday, June 11, after negotiating with law enforcement officers for about four hours, according to Chad Kaiser, Stutsman County sheriff. A call at 12:39 a.m. to the Stutsman County Communications Center alerted officers who then negotiated with the man in the vicinity of the Anchor Bar north of Jamestown. “We thought we had him talked into coming with us but it didn’t work out,” Kaiser said, describing the incident that ended at about 5 a.m. The man’s name was not released.
FARGO—The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks topped Gary SouthShore 3-1 Saturday in American Association baseball at Newman Outdoor Field. Benji Waite (1-1) picked up the win for F-M (10-11). He gave up one unearned run on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Keury De La Cruz, Devan Ahart and Leobaldo Pina each drove in a run to lead the RedHawks at the plate. Randy McCurry struck out three in the ninth inning to pick up his fourth save of the year. The series finale is 1 p.m. Sunday at Newman Outdoor Field.