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HALLOCK, Minn. - A party animal showed up a little early for happy hour Thursday in Hallock. An Eagles Club employee spotted a deer trying to get in the front door. The employee wanted to see if it was okay so he went in the back door. When he got to the front, the deer was trying to get through the glass. The deer wandered away after a few minutes.
WHEATON, Minn.—A Stevens County sheriff's deputy acted in self-defense when he shot and killed an Evansville man last year, a prosecutor has decided. Jay Johannes Holmgren was shot and killed Oct. 28 in Traverse County in far western Minnesota after he led officers on a 50-mile chase from Donnelly in Stevens County to Minnesota Highway 27 near Wheaton in neighboring Traverse County.
FARGO — Passenger boardings continued to tick down last month at nearly all of North Dakota's commercial airports. The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission's monthly boardings report, released Thursday, Feb. 16, shows seven of the state's eight commercial airports had fewer boardings last month than they did in January 2016. The biggest percentage decrease was recorded in Dickinson, which posted a 13.6 percent decline that translated to 204 fewer boardings for the month, followed by a 12.2 percent drop in Williston.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum was asked to leave the Senate floor this week for wearing jeans. The first-term governor, elected last fall, is well-known for more casual attire than most politicians, often favoring denim over a suit and tie.
REEDER, N.D. -- Two men accused of using a meat cleaver and blowtorch to injure another man, as well as firing shots at him, in Hettinger County in far southwestern North Dakota made their initial appearances in Southwest District Court on Wednesday morning. Another man is being sought in the case.
GRAND FORKS — Casey Ryan, a Grand Forks doctor and former president of Altru Health System, will fill a vacancy on the North Dakota Board of Higher Education. The appointment was announced Tuesday, Feb. 14, by Gov. Doug Burgum. A release from Burgum's office identifies Ryan as a past instructor, course director and assistant dean at the UND School of Medicine, as well as a member of its faculty academic council since 2015. Ryan's appointment fills a four-year term to a vacancy left by board member Kari Reichert, whose term ends in June.
DULUTH — The body of a Minnesota National Guard member reported missing this past weekend has been found. Joel Costa, a 32-year-old National Guard member from Fredenburg Township, did not report for duty Saturday morning. He was last seen in Superior, Wis., at about 11:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10.
BAGLEY, Minn.—A 59-year-old Mahnomen man was killed in a snowmobile crash Sunday in Clearwater County. The Clearwater County Sheriff's Office received a call at 12:50 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, about an accident along McKenzie Lake Road in southern Clearwater County. When deputies arrived, they found Daniel John Stock, 59, of Mahnomen, dead at the scene, according to a release from the sheriff's office.
The body of a Fredenberg Township man reported missing over the weekend has been found, authorities said. Joel Costa, a 32-year-old member of the Minnesota National Guard, did not report for duty Saturday morning, Feb. 11. He was last seen in Superior at about 11:30 p.m. Friday. Sgt. Brandon Silgjord of the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said Costa reportedly had his bags packed for his weekend drill duty but never showed. The Sheriff's Office reported Sunday night that Costa's body was found along with his vehicle at about 7 p.m. on a rural road north of Duluth.
MOORHEAD - Police went on a high-speed chase from Moorhead to Glyndon, at times hitting 90 miles per hour. The Clay County Sheriff's office said it began around 2:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13 on Center Avenue in Moorhead. Officers tried pulling over a car with four juveniles inside, but it kept going. That started the chase. The care went eastbound on Highway 10, hitting 90 miles per hour. Stop sticks were set out, and one of the tires went flat. The car kept going with the flat tire and eventually stopped east of Glyndon.