A benefit is being held for an area woman fighting stage 2 breast cancer. The benefit will be at Hagge's Bar & Grill in Mapleton on Sunday, March 18th for Suzy McDonald. The benefit will have live musicial performances, food and a silent auction. More information can be found here .
Formal sentencing is set to take place Wednesday for the woman who pulled the trigger during a YouTube stunt turned deadly. 20-year-old MonaLisa Perez pleaded guilty to manslaughter last December. In June 2017, she shot and killed her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz III, with a 50-caliber weapon. The two thought a book he was holding over his chest would stop the bullet, and they recorded the whole thing to post online. Her plea deal calls for her to serve 180 days behind bars and 10-years of supervised probation.
BISMARCK—You can chalk this one up to "only in North Dakota"... Dalton Martian of Bismarck caught the video above of what looks like a garbage truck, but you could say it's on the struggle bus instead. The big rig couldn't make it up a small hill on the Bismarck State Campus and ended up skidding down sideways. Dalton says no one was hurt.
NORTH DAKOTA—A group hoping to boost North Dakota's minimum wage has turned in a petition to the Secretary of state to the get the issue on the November ballot. The committee is proposing increasing the minimum wage by 33 percent every year for the next three years, to get to $15 an hour. The state's current minimum wage is $7.25. That adds up to just over $15,000 a year, at 40 hours a week. The Secretary of State's office has until March 14 to decide whether to approve the petition for circulation.
NEWEST UPDATE: WEST FARGO -- After closing down streets for more than four hours Saturday evening, West Fargo Police say they have now detained a suicidal man. Officers closed down an area around 4:00 p.m. Saturday off of Center Street from Pinewood Boulevard to 7th Avenue NE. Assistant Chief Jerry Boyer said officers responded to man, inside a home with a possible weapon.
OTTER TAIL CO.—Authorities in Otter tail County are investigating the death of a well-known Perham Veterinarian after he was found unconscious on the ice on West Battle Lake over the weekend. 64 year old Dennis Stanford died on the way to the hospital. A passerby called 911 after seeing him on the ice near an orange parachute; he was kiteboarding. Authorities say there are no witnesses and they are trying to determine if his death was caused by an accident or a medical issue. Stanford was a vet at All Creatures Veterinary Hospital.
FARGO—A Sheyenne High School student may be facing charges, after the SRO says a written bomb threat was found in a bathroom. The student was identified within a half-hour of the message being found. The threat was found to not be credible. The school says students and staff were never in danger. The school says the student has been dealt with, and the threat is punishable by law, and the school district.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—A Thief River Falls man is dead and four people are under arrest after a report of an overdose. Police say they found 24-year old Samuel Cabrales dead at a house after getting a call about a potential overdose last Thursday morning. They think he died after taking a substance they believe was heroin laced with fentanyl. Four people have been arrested and are believed to have been involved in selling him those drugs.
Three people were able to escape after their side-by-side ATV broke through the ice on Lobster Lake on Friday night. In a news release, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said Brian Van Nevel reported that his 2016 Honda Pioneer Class 2 ATV went through the ice at Cherry Point on Lobster Lake, which south of Interstate 94 at the Garfield exit. Van Nevel said he and two friends were driving around Cherry Point when the ATV went through the ice in about 6 feet of water. All three people were able to get out of the enclosed cab.
FARGO—Some big pipes and a lot of snow, that's all you need to create a new winter project just in time for Frostival next week. The Fargo Park District teamed up with Dakota Underground to create a tunnel system at Island Park. Last year they built a snow luge with the same goal to increase interest in snow activities. When the area sees more snow it will be piled on top to 'hide' the pipes and mimic a real snow fort.