NORTH DAKOTA—An environmental activist is due to stand trial Monday for allegedly targeting an oil pipeline in North Dakota as a broader effort to draw attention to climate change. Michael Foster faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges in North Dakota, including criminal mischief, conspiracy, reckless endangerment and criminal trespass. Foster was among 11 activists arrested when they tried to shut down pipelines in North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and Washington state last October.
MINOT, N.D.—A 52-year-old man is hurt Saturday after a burglar broke in and hit him repeatedly with a gun. According to the Minot Police Department, a 35-year-old Kyle Edward Coffman broke into an apartment Saturday morning at 1 a.m. The victim said the man kicked open the door and showed a handgun. That's when the two started fighting. The victim was hit in the head several times with a pistol and after that, the handgun was fired, causing damage to the apartment. Then Coffman fled and the victim was transported to the hospital.
Minn.—Almost a dozen of Minnesotans affected by the Equifax data breach are now filing a class action lawsuit against the company. According to court documents, 11 people have filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of people impacted in the state and across the nation. This comes after the information of more than 140 million Americans is in unknown hands, after the data was compromised. The lawsuit argues that Equifax neglected to safeguard personal data, violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act and benefited through unlawful acts due to negligence.
Carson Wentz is being honored by the NFL players association for his generosity. Carson is being named the community MVP. The Eagles quarterback donated $120,000 to help secure service dogs for those in need. That was one of his objectives, when he launched his foundation, "Audience of One," in July. In return for getting the honor, the NFLPA will donate $10,000 to Carson's foundation, or charity of his choice.
FARGO—Three high risk sex offenders have new addresses in Fargo. 42-year-old Carrie Berg is now living at 319 9th St. S. She was convicted of two counts of gross sexual imposition in 2014 in Cass County. *** 46-year-old David Wilcox is living at 726 College St. N. He was convicted in 2014 in Morton County of sexual assault and indecent exposure. *** 31-year-old Daniel Grinder is living at 1020 N. University Dr. He was convicted in 2007 in Cass County of three counts of gross sexual imposition.
BISMARCK, N.D.—A deaf woman from Bismarck is sparking change at two Police Departments, after it failed to provide an interpreter following her arrest. Christine Stein says she was wrongly arrested in May of 2015, held in solitary confinement, and made to appear in court without an interpreter. The arrest charges were later dropped. Stein sued the court system, and the county and the city of Jamestown in June of 2016. Now, The North Dakota Supreme Court, Stutsman County and Jamestown Police Departments agreed to pay the settlement of $90,000.
GRAND FORKS—An area high school hockey coach is behind bars Friday, facing charges of gross sexual imposition. Philip Hartwig is an assistant coach with the East Grand Forks Green Wave. Police arrested the 46-year-old this afternoon at a business just outside of Grand Forks. Court records show an arrest warrant was issued in Ramsey County Sept. 15 on charges of gross sexual imposition. The details on what led to the charges weren't available Friday. Hartwig is also the president of East Grand Forks Hockey.
FARGO—It was a meeting of royalties as Ms. Minnesota Senior made a special appearance to meet Miss America today. 88-year-old June Lacey, also known as Junebug, traveled with her daughter from Fergus Falls to Fargo to meet Miss America. The two took photos together and learned about each other's experiences representing their states. June says she remembers the days in the spotlight quite well. June Lacey says, "Really everybody wants to see you then and ask questions, one question after another."
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—A standoff has ended peacefully at the Valley Ho Mobile home park. The mobile home is north of the grand Forks County Fairgrounds. The original police call came in about 12:30 p.m. to a call of a potentially suicidal juvenile. Police say the teenaged girl was holed up in a mobile home and had access to guns. Officers in tactical gear blocked off part of the area, searching and evacuating units. A crisis negotiation team talked by phone with the teen. She is now safe and in the care of her family.
MOORHEAD—Dozens on Concordia College's campus are honing their saber skills as the new "Foam Weapon Fighting" season kicks off. The soft swordsmen practice twice a week, with a goal of being the last fighter standing. The rules are simple, don't get hit, and knock the snot out of your opponent. Longtime warriors say the sport is a great way to let out some rage without hurting anyone too much.