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Kindred School Bus Collides with Four Semis

KBMW NEWS September 25, 2015 A Kindred Public School bus and four semis collided at Hwy 46 and County Road 1 this morning during the heavy fog.   Richland County Emergency Management Director, Brett Lambrecht tells KBMW NEWS  that the schoo

Crash Results in DWI Charges

KBMW NEWS August 24, 2015   A Lidgerwood woman is facing DWI charges after running a stop sign and crashing into another vehicle causing minor injuries.  The incident occurred Saturday night when 49 year old Sandra Jean Kohl was traveling south

Phone Scam Reported in Richland County

August 6, 2015 KBMW NEWS The Richland County Sheriff's Office told KBMW News on Thursday that they have received reports of a phone scam.  An unknown caller is claiming to be a representative of the Richland County Sheriff's Office, and tha

Sexual Assault Reported in Fairmount

July 30, 2015 KBMW NEWS On July 30, 2015, a sexual assault in the city of Fairmount was reported to the Richland County Sheriff’s Office. The victim is a juvenile female who reports that she was sexually assaulted while walking home around midnight

Construction Set to Begin on Twin Town Skate Park

July 28, 2015 KBMW NEWS   After three years of planning and fundraising, the Twin Town Skate park is coming closer to reality.  Construction is set to start this fall.  The total pricetag on the park is just under $300,000.  Colton Sch

Ducks Contribute to Motorcycle Accident Near Rothsay

July 27, 2015 KBMW NEWS   The Wilkin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a motorcycle accident north of Rothsay on Friday afternoon.  A passing motorist called the sheriff’s office with a report of a motorcycle lying on its side in

Two Injured in Rollover Near Walmart

July 27, 2015 KBMW NEWS   Two people were injured in a rollover accident west of the Wahpeton Walmart.  The Richland County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one vehicle roll over on 78 1/2 street, west of Walmart shortly after 7:00pm last n

One Injured In Richland County Rollover

July 27, 2015 KBMW NEWS One person was injured in a rollover accident in Northern Richland County on Friday.  The Richland County Sheriff’s office responded to a one vehicle rollover on Interstate 29, one mile south of State Highway 46.  T

Theft in Colfax

JULY 23, 2015
The Richland County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help regarding a residential home burglary in rural Colfax.  The burglary occurred earlier this month. Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Gjerdevig tells KBMW news, among the items stolen, include a large 65” flat screen LED television, a 40” flat screen, and

West Nile Virus Detected in Wahpeton

July 22, 2015 KBMW NEWS WAHPETON, N.D. (July 22, 2015)—On Wednesday, July 22 the City of Wahpeton Public works department identified West Nile virus in one pool of mosquitoes collected. The mosquito most common for transmitting West Nile virus is th

Boil Order Issued in Fairmount

FAIRMOUNT, N.D. (July 15, 2015) –The city of Fairmount’s water tower recently sustained major damage, which compromises the safety of the water supply. Until further notice, residents of Fairmount will need to boil water for cooking and drink
Courtesy of Richland County Emergency Management

Severe Weather Damages Fairmount Water Tower

July 15, 2015
Another round of severe weather made its way through the southern valley last night.  Strong winds and heavy rain damaged the city of Fairmount’s water tower.  Fairmount residents are asked to conserve water until further notice. Richland County Emergency Management Director Brett Lambrecht tells KBMW NEWS the damage to the water tower is quite

Men Killed in Richland County Crash Identified

A vehicle rollover killed two men in Richland County, four miles north of the South Dakota border on Country Road 81.
Dustin Krause, 33, of Wahpeton, and Ryan Ginsbach, 37, of Lidgerwood, were killed as the 2008 Chevy Impala went off the road and rolled into a drainage ditch. It is not known which of the men was operating the vehicle when it crashed.
One of the men was found about half a mile

Two Hurt, Charges Pending After Vehicle Crash

June 1, 2015 KBMW NEWS RICHLAND COUNTY   The Richland County Sheriff along with Robert’s County Sheriff departments responded to a two vehicle accident on Richland County Road 1 on Saturday.  A car driven by 29 year old Kyle Wahler of rura

Vehicle Fire Near Fairmount

June 1, 2015
The Wilkin County Sheriff’s office responded to a vehicle fire five miles east of Fairmount on Friday night approximately 10:45pm.  The drive of the vehicle, Stephani Nicole Walker, and the passenger, Jacob Leo Brist both escaped without injury.  The vehicle was a total loss.  Fairmount Fire Department also responded to

One Injured After Vehicle Rollover

June 1, 2015 KBMW NEWS Breckenridge— One man was injured in a single vehicle rollover Saturday morning on highway 75 five miles south of Breckenridge.  The driver, 48 year old Billie Jo White of Doran, MN was ejected from his vehicle.  Whi

Burglary at J-Star Oil Tesoro

At around 2:30 in the morning of Wednesday, May 27, the Richland County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a burglar alarm had gone off at J Star Oil Tesoro. Responding deputies found the east door’s glass had been broken. They proceeded to search the building, but found no one inside. An undisclosed amount of money and merchandise was taken. No arrests have been made, and the

Richland County Sherriff?s Department Recovers $140,000 in Stolen Property

After receiving a call on Wednesday, May 20 regarding the possible location of stolen vehicles and equipment, responding deputies found the stolen property—valued at $140,000—located at the J-Star gas station 3 miles east of Hankinson. Two sus

Fire Destroys Apartment Garages

Six apartment garages and three separate apartment buildings are among those that caught fire in north Wahpeton Wednesday evening. No injuries were reported in this large fire, however the garages and a car are considered a total loss. The apartment build

Plea Expected To Change In NDSU Rape Case

Stanley Busche, 39, from Argusville, North Dakota is scheduled to have a change of plea hearing on June 22nd.

Man Hit By BNSF Train This Morning

A close call for a man who was hit by a BNSF train this morning around 8:00 a.m.  The accident happened near Campbell when the farm sprayer he was driving was hit by a BNSF train.  The main was ejected from the sprayer during the crash but managed to walk to the ambulance.  He was taken to the hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.  Wilkin

ND Lawmakers Bump 'Trail Tax' Fees for Snowmobiles

North Dakota lawmakers have approved legislation that increases the snowmobile "trail tax" that's used to maintain state trails.

Law Enforcement Agencies Target Distracted Drivers this Week

The Minnesota State Patrol and more than 300 law enforcement agencies across the state are making a concerted effort this week to crack down on distracted drivers.


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Minnesota Marketers Set Sights on 2023 World's Fair

After landing an upcoming Super Bowl and a Final Four, Minnesota is ready to push for its next big event: the 2023 World's Fair. 

Radio Host on Leave, Accused Stalker Heads to Trial

A public radio host in Minnesota has taken a leave of absence as her accused stalker heads to trial on felony charges. 

PSC Approves 2 Small Pipeline Projects in McKenzie County

North Dakota regulators have approved siting permits for two small pipeline projects in McKenzie County. 

High School Achiever Weighs Plenty of College Options

The teenage daughter of Somali immigrants has a tough choice to make after her upcoming graduation from a private high school in the Twin Cities area. 

Latest on Boston Bombing Trial: Tsarnaev Guilty on 30 Counts

A jury has convicted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of all 30 counts he faced stemming from the 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon. 

Last Shipment of Coal Delivered to Xcel's Burnsville Plant

For more than 60 years, Xcel Energy's Burnsville plant has received shipments of coal to generate electricity.

Schneider Resigning from USDA After State, Federal Roles

Jasper Schneider is resigning from the U.S. Department of Agriculture after serving several years in prominent state and federal posts.

In Dayton's Projects Bill, Tiny Hallock Scores Big Help

A city in the northernmost reaches of Minnesota with fewer than 1,000 people is getting outsized attention in Gov. Mark Dayton's construction projects bill

ND Dems Want GOP Governor to Protect Gay State Employees

North Dakota Democrats want Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple to bar discrimination against gay, lesbian or transgender state government employees.

A List of Tribal Laws Prohibiting Gay Marriage

Below is a list of federally recognized Native American tribes that have laws either defining marriage as between a man and a woman or explicitly prohibiting same-sex marriages, along with excerpts of those laws. 

Minnesota Reports 2 More Bird Flu Cases

Health officials in Minnesota are reporting two more cases of bird flu in commercial turkey operations. 

Police Say Counterfeit Money is Circulating in Jamestown

Jamestown police are warning residents and businesses about counterfeit money circulating in the city.

Bismarck Woman's April Fools' Day Prank Goes Awry

A 45-year-old Bismarck woman might be in trouble with the law after pulling an April Fools' Day prank that didn't end well. 



Conditions Prompt North Dakota Governor to Declare Emergency

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has declared a fire emergency in response to dry conditions, unseasonably high temperatures and high winds.

Father of Student Presumed Drowned Thanks Law Enforcement

The father of a University of Minnesota student presumed to have drowned in the Mississippi River is thanking law enforcement for their efforts in finding his daughter. 

North Dakota Anglers Asked to Report Lakes with Winterkill

Biologists with North Dakota's Game and Fish Department are asking anglers for help in documenting lakes that might have experienced winterkill.

ND House Panel Opposes Bill Banning Sexual Discrimination

A North Dakota House committee is opposing legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, government, public services and the workplace. 

Minneapolis VA Among Hospitals Working to Add Women's Care

With women the fastest growing veteran group joining VA care, there's concern that the VA hasn't changed quickly enough for their needs, including in Minnesota. 

Fast-Food Labor Organizers Plan Actions for April 15

Fast-food labor organizers are expanding the scope of their campaign for $15 an hour and unionization, this time with a day of actions including college campuses.

2 to Plead Guilty in Oil Patch Human Trafficking Case

A man and woman accused of luring women from California to work as prostitutes in the western North Dakota oil patch have reached plea agreements with prosecutors. 

Heitkamp to Bring Homeland Security No. 2 to North Dakota

U.S. Sen Heidi Heitkamp is bringing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's No. 2 official to North Dakota for a two-day trip. 

ND Senate to Review Changes to Oil Tax Distribution Formula

Senate budget writers are reviewing a revamped formula to distribute a portion of the state's oil and gas production tax revenue. 

Update on the Latest in Sports

Top-seed Kentucky is making it look easy. The undefeated Wildcats raced out to an 18-2 lead in the first eight and a-half minutes on their way to a 78-39 rout of West Virginia in the Midwest Regional.

Fargo Gas Station Robbed at Gunpoint by 2 Males; No One Hurt

Police are searching for two people who held up a gas station in Fargo. Authorities say two males entered the All Stop store about 10:45 p.m. Thursday and demanded money. 

Bells Tolling April 9 to Mark Anniversary of Civil War End

Bells will ring in unison across Minnesota and other places in the country on April 9 to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's end. 

State Lottery Manager Accused of 2nd DUI

The executive director of the Minnesota Lottery says a second drunken driving charge against one of his top administrators is a personnel matter thats under review.

McCartney, Metallica to Headline Chicago's Lollapalooza 2015

Paul McCartney, Metallica and Sam Smith will be among 130 acts at this year's Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. 

Fargo Police Looking for Citizens to Help with Surveillance

Fargo police are hoping to get private cameras to help with public safety. 

Amy's Kitchen Recalls Spinach Products Over Listeria Fears

Organic food company Amy's Kitchen has voluntarily recalled about 74,000 cases of frozen and prepackaged products containing spinach over listeria concerns. 

Male Nurses Scarce but Make More Money than Women RNs

A new study says that the gender pay gap exists even in nursing, an occupation dominated by women.

Businessman Who Staved off Blackouts Applauds NFL's Decision

The NFL's decision to suspend its television blackout rule for the 2015 season is making one Buffalo-area businessman happy. 

Minnesota Republicans to Issue Alternate Transportation Plan

Minnesota House and Senate Republicans are ready to release a transportation plan they'll push as an alternative to a hefty proposal offered by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. 

Farmers Fund New Research to Breed Gluten-Free Wheat

New research funded by farmers aims to breed wheat for people who can't eat wheat and other grains, and comes amid booming consumer interest in gluten-free foods. 

Judge: 'Plausible' Case Hospital Mistreated Transgender Man

A federal judge has ruled that a transgender man has a "plausible" case that he was discriminated against and mistreated during a visit at a Twin Cities-area hospital. 

FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Potatoes, Apples as Safe

Potatoes that won't bruise and apples that won't brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles. 

Mandan Woman Battling Cancer Featured on Cover of Time

A Mandan woman who is battling cancer is featured on the cover of the current Time magazine.

2 Taken to Hospital After Ambulance-SUV Crash in Fargo

Two people were taken to a hospital after an ambulance and a sport utility vehicle collided in downtown Fargo.

Most of Minnesota is Now Officially in Drought

Most of Minnesota is now officially in drought. Thursday's update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 88 percent of Minnesota is in a moderate drought.

Bids for Proposed New Fargo City Hall Higher than Expected

Bids for a proposed new City Hall in Fargo have come in 10 percent higher than expected. 

Minnesota Lawmakers Focus on College Cost Concerns

Dozens of bills meant to address rising college costs have been introduced in the Minnesota legislature by members of both parties. 

2 Troublesome Weeds 'On the Horizon' in North Dakota

North Dakota officials are keeping an eye on two potentially troublesome weeds as they take public comments on whether to amend the list of the states most problematic plants.

Minnesota Governor Pitches $94M in Additional Tax Relief

Gov. Mark Dayton is pitching $94 million in additional tax relief as part of a revised budget that also would boost spending on preschool and college programs. 

Landmarks go Green for St. Patrick's Day as Dublin Parties

Landmark buildings across Ireland and the world have been floodlit green as global celebrations of the Emerald Isle's patron saint are culminating in parades and celebrations in Dublin and other cities, particularly in the U.S.

Minnesota Man Shot by Law Officers After North Dakota Chase

A 43-year-old Minnesota man is hospitalized in North Dakota after being shot by law officers in Jamestown. 

Wrong Way Driver Too Drunk for Breath Test

Milwaukee County sheriff's deputies say a man driving the wrong way on a major highway was too drunk to take an alcohol breath test. 

Plane Lands in Fargo After Woman Suffers Medical Emergency

A commercial airliner bound for Chicago from Anchorage, Alaska, made an unscheduled landing at Fargo's Hector International Airport early Monday after a passenger suffered a medical emergency. 

Fewer Than Two-Thirds of Gun Hunters Bagged a Deer in 2014

Fewer than two-thirds of hunters bagged a deer during last year's gun season in North Dakota. 

Spotlight Shines on Bullied Cheerleader Defended by Athletes

The story of three Kenosha middle school basketball players defending a cheerleader who has Down syndrome is attracting a lot of attention. 

Driver looking for Dog Sparks Pileup on Interstate 94 Bridge

Authorities say a person looking for a dog caused a pileup on an Interstate 94 bridge between Bismarck and Mandan. 

University of Maryland, Fraternity Investigate Racist Email

The University of Maryland and Kappa Sigma fraternity say they're investigating an email sent by a student laced with racist and sexist language.

Gun Debate Heats Up Again at Legislature

It's Gun Day at the Minnesota Legislature. 

Red River Basin Snowmelt Nearly Completed

The National Weather Service says the spring snowmelt in the Red River Basin is nearly completed. 

Police Chief to Talk About Shootings

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar is planning a news conference to further address the shooting of two police officers during a protest outside the Ferguson Police Department.

MNsure Needs 2 More Years of Work, State Official Says

Minnesota's top technology official says MNsure may need another two years of work before it's on solid footing. 

Load limits being put in place on some North Dakota highways

It's a sure sign of spring — seasonal load restrictions are being placed on some state highways in North Dakota.

North Dakota Bill would Relax Sunday Booze Sales

Some North Dakota lawmakers believe noon is too late to begin buying booze at restaurants on Sunday. 

Republican Lawmakers Want to Ax Transgender Athletics Rule

More than 20 Republican legislators want to stop transgender students born as male from playing on female sports teams. 

GM Ignition Switch Death Count Rises to 64

Families of at least 64 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company. 

Guard's Camp Grafton Training Center gets New Commander

The North Dakota National Guard's Camp Grafton Training Center near Devils Lake has a new leader. 

Education Board Delays Ruling on Superintendent, Teacher

A state education board has postponed taking disciplinary action against the state superintendent of public instruction and a Bismarck teacher until a court reaches a decision in an alleged domestic violence incident. 

Hyundai recall: Water leak can cause gear shift problem

Hyundai is recalling more than 26,000 Genesis luxury cars in the U.S. and Canada to fix a water leak that can cause the transmission gear shifter to malfunction.

Plane Crashes on LA Golf Course; Pilot Actor Harrison Ford Critically Injured

A small plane has crash-landed on a golf course near the Santa Monica Municipal Airport, critically injuring the pilot. 

Vikes speak to Peterson, Bills to get Cassel, No Allen Comeback Yet

Peyton Manning will return for a fourth season in Denver and 18th in the NFL. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Manning will reduce his salary from $19 million to $15 million in 2015. 

Parents of Man Killed in Crash Push for Tougher Penalties

The parents of a University of Minnesota student killed in a motorcycle crash are pushing for tougher penalties for those who drive carelessly. 

Bills on Bloody Marys, Growlers Open Sunday Sales Debate

Minnesota lawmakers have uncorked a debate over expanded Sunday liquor sales with discussion of limited expansions.

Hoeven: Keystone Backers will Find Way to Approve Pipeline

Republican U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says a failed attempt to override the president's veto of the Keystone XL pipeline will not deter him from pushing to get the project approved. 



Grateful Dead Fans Can't Camp During Concerts

Officials in Chicago say Grateful Dead fans won't be allowed to camp out during three 50th anniversary concerts over the summer. 



Fargo Man Advances in The Voice

A Fargo man advanced Monday night on The Voice! 20 year old Mike Leier preformed his heart out to “Last Kissed” and wowed more than the crowd. 



Como Zoo in St. Paul has New Baby Gorilla

Como Zoo in St. Paul has a new baby western lowland gorilla. 

Bakk: Hold Back Some of Surplus in Case of Tax-Lawsuit Loss

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says he's reluctant to use Minnesota's projected $1.87 billion surplus entirely because of a tax lawsuit that would be costly if the state loses. 

Republicans Say They Will Not Delay Right to Work if Passed

Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly say a right-to-work bill isn't a surprise and they don't want to delay implementation after it passes.

ND Senate Approves $6M Early Childhood Education Measure

North Dakota's Senate has approved legislation to provide state funding to expand early childhood education. 

Senate Reconsiders, Rejects Bill focused on Fargo Diversion

A bill that Red River diversion supporters labeled as a roadblock to the Fargo flood protection project had a short shelf life. 

ND Senate Approves Bill to Protect Cemeteries from Flooding

The North Dakota Senate has rejected a bill that would require further study on a planned Red River diversion channel around Fargo, but project opponents have gained a temporary victory with a proposal meant to protect cemeteries.

Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

President Barack Obama has vetoed a Republican bill forcing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. 

ND Gov. Dalrymple Signs $1.1B 'Surge Funding' Bill

Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed a bill that will fast-track $1.1 billion for highways and communities affected by North Dakota's exploding growth. 

Retail Gasoline Prices Continue to Rise in the Dakotas

Average retail gasoline prices continue to rise in the Dakotas.

Push to Block Water Quality Standards that Protect Wild Rice

A Minnesota House committee is considering a bill that would prevent the state from enforcing water quality standards designed to protect wild rice for at least two years.

3 Eden Prairie Hockey Players Out of Sectional Championship

Three high school hockey players have been suspended following a brawl at a playoff game between Eden Prairie and Benilde-St. Margaret's.

Minnesota Could Monitor Travelers for Ebola Another Year

Minnesota will likely continue to monitor travelers from West Africa until the Ebola outbreak has been officially declared over, despite a recent slowdown in new cases abroad. 

ND Senate Kills Bill Exempting Students from Open Records

North Dakota's Senate has killed a bill that would exempt college students' contact information from the state's open records law. 

Judge Orders Wind Turbine Locked

A couple from Orono can avoid jail time if they lock up their largest wind turbine and turn the keys over to a judge in Hennepin County. 

Kevin Garnett Returns to Timberwolves in Trade

It’s all come full-circle for forward Kevin Garnett who has been traded from the Brooklyn Nets and will return to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

TransCanada to Seek US Approval for $600M Upland Pipeline

The Canadian company behind the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline will seek U.S. State Department approval for another pipeline — this one going north.

CODE RED System to be Tested Friday

On Friday, February 20th Richland County Communications/ Richland County Emergency Management will be performing a County-Wide test of the CODE RED Emergency Mass Notification System. 

Clay Target Shooting Teams Spike in Minnesota Schools

Participation in clay target shooting is booming at Minnesota schools. 

Wahpeton Man Sentenced to 32 Years in 1st 'Sextortion' Case

A North Dakota man accused of threatening girls into engaging in sexually explicit conduct has been sentenced to 32 years in prison. 

CHS Inc. Planning Agricultural Services Campus at Gwinner

Minnesota-based CHS Inc. is planning a grain shuttle loading facility and dry fertilizer hub plant in the southeastern North Dakota city of Gwinner.

State Seeking Labs to Test Marijuana Grown for Medicinal Use

Regulators of Minnesota's new medical cannabis program are seeking to certify laboratories to test the marijuana cultivated for medicinal use. 

Lawmakers Aim to Update State Constitution for Data Privacy

A coalition of Minnesota lawmakers, political groups and privacy advocates and say Minnesotans' digital data should be treated the same as any other property. 

Target Canada Suppliers Hit by Retailer's Bankruptcy Filing

The end of Target's Canadian operations has had a financial impact on small and medium businesses in Minnesota that supplied the retailer. 

Retail Gasoline Prices Continue Rising in the Dakotas

The average retail price of a gallon of gasoline in the Dakotas has continued to rise in the past week, after falling below the $2-per-gallon mark last month.

North Dakota Lands Unmanned Aircraft Manufacturing Operation

North Dakota has landed its first unmanned aircraft manufacturing operation. 

Conservation Officers to Ice Anglers: Pick Up Your Trash

The officers who enforce Minnesota's fish and game rules have an order for ice anglers: Pick up your trash. 

Berthold Bust Nets 11 Pounds of Meth, Thousands in Cash

A traffic stop for erratic driving in Berthold resulted in a drug bust that netted 11 pounds of methamphetamine. 

Speaker Enrolls Keystone Bill, Urges Obama to Sign It

Congress' Republican leadership has made it official, formally enrolling legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline and urging President Barack Obama to sign it. 

College Seeks More Help with Probe into Student's Death

The North Dakota State College of Science is seeking more help from the state crime bureaus in North Dakota and Minnesota as campus police continue investigating the death of a student. 

Police: Car Not Related to Moorhead Homicide Investigation

Moorhead police say a vehicle spotted near where the body of a slain North Dakota State University student was found in September is not connected to his homicide investigation.

Dayton: 'I Can Live With' Cuts to Agency Budgets Over Pay

Gov. Mark Dayton says he "can live with" a GOP move to modestly trim budgets of a few state agencies in response to raises he granted department commissioners. 

BNSF Plans to Spend $326 Million on North Dakota Projects

BNSF Railway says it plans to spend about $326 million this year on improving rail capacity and maintenance in North Dakota. 

2 of 3 Suspected Measles Cases in North Dakota Test Negative

North Dakota's Health Department says two of three suspected cases of measles in the state have tested negative for the disease. 

GOP Bill Would Halve Minnesota Health Exchange

A Republican state senator wants to split Minnesotas health insurance exchange into two separate entities.

2 Deer Stuck Together; Police use Stun Gun to Free 1

Police in the western Twin Cities used a stun gun to free a live buck that was stuck to a dead deer.

Mississippi, West Virginia toughest on school immunizations

Mississippi and West Virginia are known for their struggles with health crises. 



Gas Prices Creep Back Above $2 Per Gallon in the Dakotas

The average retail price of a gallon of gasoline in the Dakotas has crept back above the $2 mark. 

Hapless Romantic? Name a Roach after Your Ex for Valentine's

This Valentine's Day, name a Madagascar hissing cockroach after your ex — or mother-in-law — or a loved one who's an incredibly good sport. 

North Dakota Guard Soldiers Recognized for Service Overseas

North Dakota National Guard soldiers who served in Afghanistan have been formally recognized for their service.

Judge Takes Peterson Arbitration Arguments Under Advisement

The NFL Players Association's attempt to have Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson reinstated has been taken under advisement by a federal judge. 

Girls Lobby to Change 'Redmen' School Nickname in Sisseton

A group of high school girls basketball players on the Lake Traverse Reservation in the Dakotas is lobbying the Sisseton School District to change its "Redmen" nickname. 

Vaccine Skeptics Find Unexpected Allies in Conservative GOP

As vaccine skeptics fight laws that would force more parents to inoculate their kids, they are finding unexpected allies in conservative Republicans. 

Tax Preparer Charged with Defrauding State of $1.4M

A Minneapolis woman is charged with 53 felony counts for filing false income tax statements on behalf of her clients and failing to file her own tax returns. 

Michelle Obama Announces Funding to Fight Childhood Obesity

Michelle Obama wants kids to maintain a healthy weight. 

Committee Approves Plan to Bar Female Genital Mutilation

A state House committee has approved a proposal that would ban female genital mutilation in South Dakota. 

Fighter Jets Grounded Due to Engine Damage

About a dozen jets from the Air National Guard 148th Fighter Wing have been grounded because of damage apparently caused by debris on the runway at the Duluth International Airport.

ND Bill Would Make Medical Marijuana Legal in the State

People suffering chronic pain and parents of critically ill children pleaded with North Dakota lawmakers to legalize medicinal marijuana in the state.

Watchdog Group Sues State Bar Association of North Dakota

A national conservative watchdog group has sued the State Bar Association of North Dakota on behalf of a Bismarck attorney. 

Lung Cancer Now Top Cancer Killer for Women in Rich Nations

New numbers show that lung cancer has passed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer death in women in rich countries. 

ND House OKs Bill Allowing Concealed-Carry Guns in School

North Dakota's House has approved legislation that would allow concealed-carry permit holders to pack guns at schools, if officials allow it. 

More File in Minnesota's Top Tax Bracket than Expected

More people filed in Minnesota's top income tax bracket than expected in 2013, despite warnings from critics that a tax increase would drive high earners out of the state. 

House Speaker Boehner: 'All Children Ought to be Vaccinated'

House Speaker John Boehner says all children ought to be vaccinated. 

North Dakota Considers Measure to Scrub Common Core

The House Education Committee is slated to hear testimony on a bill that would require North Dakota to scrub Common Core education standards for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. 

Pennsylvania Groundhog 'Forecasts' 6 More Weeks of Winter

The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, say the furry rodent has forecast six more weeks of winter.

Power Outage Affects 200-Plus Fargo Homes During Super Bowl

Officials say a hit-and-run driver caused a power outage that affected more than 200 homes in Fargo during the Super Bowl.

Extra Patrols to Enforce DWI Law this Weekend

Minnesota troopers say more people are arrested for driving drunk on Super Bowl weekend than the subsequent and prior weekends. 

College Student Found Dead Worked as Confidential Informant

A new report shows that a North Dakota college student who was found dead in a river last year was working for a regional drug task force as a confidential informant in the months before he died.

Feb. 17 Deadline for Documents in Priest Abuse Case

A judge has given the Dioceses of New Ulm and Duluth until Feb.17 to turn over documents pertaining to alleged clergy sex abuse dating back to 1949. 

New ND Revenue Forecast Assumes $4B Shortfall in Oil Revenue

North Dakota lawmakers have adopted a revised revenue forecast that reflects a more than $4 billion shortfall in oil revenue due to the slumping price of crude. 

Officials Question Free 2-Year College Plan in Minnesota

Some higher education officials are questioning whether a plan from Minnesota Senate Democrats to make two-year colleges free would be worth the cost.

Semitrailer Crash on I-29 South of Wahpeton Kills Driver

A truck driver died when his semitrailer veered off Interstate 29 south of Wahpeton. 

Permanent Deer Stands on State, County Land in Question

Permanent deer hunting stands could be banned on state and county forest land. 

Ford Recalls Cars, Vans for Door Latch and Seat Belt Trouble

Ford is recalling more than 221,000 cars and vans to fix problems with door latches and seat belts. 

Dayton Wants Big Chunk of Surplus for Education

Every Minnesota public school student would be worth more in the eyes of the state if lawmakers support Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal.

West Virginia, Ohio Visitors Seek Guidance in North Dakota

A delegation of government and economic development leaders from West Virginia and Ohio is visiting northwestern North Dakota to see firsthand what it's like to deal with an energy boom. 

Weather service: Flood chances are low in Red River Basin

The National Weather Service has issued its first spring flood forecast for the Red River Basin, and it's as mild as the winter weather. 

Dayton Sheds Light on Education Funding Increases in Budget

More details are spilling out from Gov. Mark Dayton about his upcoming budget proposal, and this time it's about new money for education programs.

Police Concerned ND On Path To Legalize Recreational Pot

Local police are concerned that smoking pot recreationally could become legal in North Dakota. North Dakota lawmakers are talking about easing up on penalties for having small amounts of weed. 

School District Investigates Snapchat Bullying

Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools administrators say the district is conducting its own investigation after the father of a black student confronted his daughter's bullies in a posting on YouTube. 

Sunday Liquor Sales Advocates Promise to Keep Fighting Ban

Advocates for allowing Minnesotans to buy booze on Sundays are back at it. 

3 Charged After Allegedly Posting Facebook Photos from Jail

Three inmates at the Williams County Correctional Center in Williston are accused of possessing a cellphone in the jail after two of them allegedly posted photos of themselves on Facebook. 

Fire-ravaged New Jersey Apartment Complex Continues to Burn

Officials are trying to determine what caused a fire that destroyed a four-story New Jersey apartment building, displacing hundreds of people.

3M Gallons of Saltwater Spills, Damage Unclear

State officials say nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil drilling has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, though the environmental effects aren't immediately clear. 

WCCO of Wahpeton Donates New Boots to Local Fire Departments

The presentation of more than 80 pairs of boots was made to the Wahpeton Fire Chief at the Southside Fire Department at 10:00 am this morning. 

Ex-Gophers Quarterback Reaches Plea Deal in Assault Case

The attorney for Philip Nelson says the former Minnesota Gophers quarterback has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from a fight that injured former Minnesota State, Mankato, linebacker Isaac Kolstad.

ND Measure Would Cut Income Tax Rate for Low-Wage Earners

A Minot lawmaker is pushing a measure that would give state income tax breaks to low-wage earners in North Dakota.

House Kills Bill to Extend UND Nickname Moratorium

North Dakota's House has defeated a bill that would extend a moratorium for a new nickname and moniker for the University of North Dakota. 

Vikings Stadium Bird-Safe Glass Could Cost $60M

Officials say adding bird-safe glass to the new Minnesota Vikings stadium could add as much as $60 million in extra costs. 

Workers Aren't Prepared to Handle Oil Accident

A new report says Minnesota firefighters and first responders arent adequately prepared to handle an oil spill or fiery accident.

Fargo Advances in Competition to Reduce Energy Consumption

The city of Fargo has advanced in a national competition among cities to reduce America's energy consumption. 

Vikings Stadium will Showcase Minnesota Art

The works of Minnesota artists will be on display at the new Vikings stadium. 

Target to Exit Canada

Target is exiting Canada. Chairman and CEO Brian Cornell says the company was unable to find a realistic scenario in which Target Canada would become profitable before at least 2021.

Bill Would Require Further Study of Red River Diversion Plan

A southeastern North Dakota lawmaker opposed to a Red River diversion project that would flood land in his district says impacts of the channel have not been addressed and more study is needed. 

Another lawsuit claims abuse by Boy Scout leader

Another lawsuit claiming abuse by a scoutmaster has been filed against the Boy Scouts of America, a Burnsville troop and the church that sponsored it. 

Minnesota, North Dakota Lawmakers Renew Sex Trafficking Bill

Democratic U.S. senators from Minnesota and North Dakota are reintroducing bipartisan legislation in an effort to crack down on sex trafficking across the country. 

1 dead, 1 Injured in 3-Vehicle Crash in West Fargo

One person is dead and another injured in a three-vehicle crash in West Fargo. Authorities say the crash involving two cars and a van happened shortly after 7:30 a.m. Wednesday on the city's Main Avenue. 

Ohio State Football Revelers Set Fires, Tear Down Goal Post

Ohio State University says revelers who got into Ohio Stadium after the football team's championship victory tore down a goal post on the south end of the field.

University of Minnesota Students Examine Sex Consent Policy

Student leaders at the University of Minnesota are examining a rule that would require students to give some form of 'yes' before having sex. 

Autopsy On Larimore Bus Driver Completed

Tom Iverson of the ND Highway Patrol says the autopsy on Larimore school bus driver, Max Danner has been completed. 

Senate Democrats to Put Transportation Funding Plan on Table

Senate Democrats are releasing a transportation plan that spells out how they would pay for repairs and new construction for decades to come. 

Minnesota Dentists to Provide Free Dental Care for Kids

Dentists across Minnesota will provide free dental care for children in need at the annual Give Kids a Smile event next month. 

Hands-on Bismarck Science Center Plans $40 Million Facility

The Gateway to Science Center in Bismarck is planning a new, $40 million facility.

UND Researcher Donates Unique Video Game to University

The University of North Dakota's Department of Special Collections has an unusual addition — an Atari video game cartridge that once was buried in a New Mexico landfill. 

Explosions at building where 2 terror gunman are holed up

Explosions and gunshots rang out and smoke rose outside a building where two brothers suspected in a newspaper massacre are holed up with a hostage.

JP Parise, Ex-Minnesota North Stars Standout, Dies at 73

Former Minnesota North Stars standout J.P. Parise has died from lung cancer at 73. 

Officials Investigating Chuck E. Cheese Norovirus Outbreak

Washington County officials are investigating a norovirus outbreak that infected at least 30 people at a family restaurant in Woodbury.

First Bills Hit at Minnesota Legislature, Showing Priorities

The showcase bills of the new Minnesota legislative session are being trotted out. 

Corps of Engineers Officially Declares Lake Sakakawea Frozen

The Army Corps of Engineers says Lake Sakakawea is officially frozen.

US Geological Survey Records Cluster of Quakes in Texas

A cluster of small earthquakes has rattled a Dallas-area city over a two-day period. 

Scene of Bus-Train Crash had Another Fatal Collision in 2009

The scene of a fatal collision involving a school bus and train near Larimore was the same rail crossing where a man was killed six years ago.

WWE Executive will Manage Vikings Stadium

The general manager of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium comes from World Wrestling Entertainment.

PUC Denies Effort to Stop Keystone Recertification

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has denied efforts from opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline to block TransCanada Corp.'s request to re-approve the portion of the pipeline that would run through the state. 



Schools Band Together in Wake of Fatal ND Bus-Train Crash

The head of Larimore Public Schools says school officials have received offers from about 30 schools to provide counselors in the wake of a school bus-train accident that killed two people and injured 12 students. 

Flu Season Continues to Worsen, Could Peak this Month

Health officials say the flu is rampant in most of the country and could peak soon. 

Wahpeton Zoo Nursing Injured Bald Eagle

Staff at the Wahpeton zoo are nursing an injured bald eagle back to health. 

Dakotas Begin Workweek with Extreme Cold and Heavy Snow

The work week in the Dakotas is beginning with bitter cold and heavy snow. Wind chills plummeted to as low as the minus 30s in the two states early Monday, as a storm moved in from the west. 
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