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RICE LAKE, Wis. -- A Rice Lake, Wis., man died after apparently following through on his threat to set off an explosion in his apartment late Sunday, authorities said. About 14 other residents of the apartment complex were evacuated by police before the explosion. The building was a complete loss after the explosion and fire, the Rice Lake Police Department reported. Rice Lake police identified the man who died as Joseph Zunker, 44.
DENVER — North Dakota State's unbeaten streak in Summit League men's basketball came to a crashing halt Saturday with a 79-55 loss at Denver. It was NDSU's second-worse loss of the season. The Bison suffered an 85-55 loss at nationally-ranked Xavier earlier this season. They also had a 17-point loss to North Dakota and a 16-point loss to Arkansas.
Grand Forks police have arrested a 30-year-old man suspected of committing two hit-and-runs two minutes apart Saturday morning, Jan. 14. Victor Garzamarichalar, Grand Forks, was arrested and charged Saturday with driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and following too closely.
MANDAN, N.D. -- A South Dakota man wanted on a warrant for criminal trespass charges turned himself in to authorities on Friday, Jan. 13. Michael Markus is accused of trespassing on the Backwater Bridge during a Dakota Access Pipeline protest Dec. 7, a release from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department said. Authorities say he cut and removed portions of the security wire. After a verbal confrontation, the suspect left the bridge. Law enforcement has made 586 arrests during protest activity since Aug. 10.
ST. PAUL — A Grand Rapids, Minn., man pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government property Friday after prosecutors say he stole thousands of black spruce tree tops from the Chippewa National Forest. According to a news release from U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger's office, Joseph Leon Edminster, 70, pleaded before a U.S. district judge in St. Paul. Edminster stole more than 2,700 of the tree tops between October 2008 and October 2014, the release said.
VINELAND, Minn. — A 20-year-old man involved in an armed home invasion and assault late Thursday night in northern Mille Lacs County was shot and killed by a responding sheriff's deputy, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reported Friday.
BISMARCK — Taxable sales and purchases were down almost 20 percent in the third quarter of 2016 compared with the same time period a year before, North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger announced Thursday, Jan. 12. Taxable sales and purchases totaled $4.6 billion in July, August and September of last year. Rauschenberger cited lower oil and farm commodity prices for the decline. The $4.6 billion figure is closer to what third quarter taxable sales and purchases were six years ago, Rauschenberger said, adding that a "new normal" may emerge soon.
Willmar, Minn. - A pickup truck slammed into a Kandiyohi County squad car Thursday morning head-on as it was stopped at a crash scene, becoming the second of two crashes within minutes on the same stretch of Highway 71 south of Willmar. According to the State Patrol, the first crash happened just after 8 a.m., when a 2007 Dodge Caravan attempted to pass a 2003 Buick Rendezvous as both traveled south on Highway 71. The road was icy, and the Dodge lost control near 150th Avenue Southeast, sideswiping the buick and pushing it into the ditch.
High winds, frigid temperatures and snow combined Thursday morning to create ground blizzard conditions in the northern Red River Valley. The National Weather Service in Grand Forks has issued a blizzard warning for much of the region until 1 p.m. Gusts up to 50 mph are causing whiteout conditions in open areas and significant drifting. Wind chills are expected to plunge into a range of 25 to 40 below zero.
The Red Pepper and its grinders are no secret to Grand Forks residents, and with the help of the internet, the rest of the country is hearing about them, too. In an article published by the website The Daily Meal, the sandwich is hailed as North Dakota's Best Sandwich and described as nothing less than a "local legend." Red Pepper responded to the publicity Wednesday with a tweet thanking the blog for the recognition. Minnesota's Best Sandwich credits were given to Manny's Tortas in Minneapolis.