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BISMARCK—An outside political organization supporting President Donald Trump released an advertisement this week urging Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., to vote in favor of the Republican health care plan. America First Policies released television ads Monday, June 26, urging several Democratic senators to support the Better Care Reconciliation Act. The ads were released before Senate Republican leadership delayed a vote on the bill, and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said this week he doesn't support it in its current form.
BROOTEN, Minn. — A 16-year-old girl was killed and two men were seriously injured in an accident Wednesday afternoon south of Brooten. According to the Stearns County Sheriff's office, the two-vehicle accident happened around 4:32 p.m. at the intersection of Stearns County roads 18 and 19 in Crow Lake Township, about four miles south of Brooten.
Three northwest Minnesota state parks as of midweek still had openings for campers looking to get away for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, the Department of Natural Resources said. Lake Bronson State Park in Kittson County, Old Mill State Park in Marshall County and Zippel Bay State Park on the south shore of Lake of the Woods all had 10 or more campsites available for four-day stays. Schoolcraft State Park on the Mississippi River near Deer River, Minn., also had at least 10 campsites available.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux will be among the athletes featured in ESPN magazine's annual BODY issue, according to the ESPN MediaZone website. The Lamoureuxs will be joined by several U.S. Women's National Hockey teammates, including Brianna Decker, Kacey Bellamy, Alex Rigsby and Meghan Duggan. ESPN's BODY issue first published nine years ago "to celebrate and showcase the athletic form through powerful images and interviews," according to the website.
BISMARCK—Taxable sales and purchases in North Dakota have begun to "level off," the state's tax commissioner said Thursday, June 29. Taxable sales and purchases totaled almost $3.69 billion in the first quarter of this year, a 5 percent drop from the same time period a year ago. "For the past two years, taxable sales and purchases have seen quarterly declines in the double-digits," Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said in a statement. "Having a drop of just 5 percent brings us much closer to the new normal we've been anticipating."
LUTSEN, Minn. — Historic Lutsen Resort on the North Shore of Lake Superior is up for sale for a cool $9.95 million. Lutsen is Minnesota's oldest active resort, founded in 1885, according to the resort's website. The property sleeps 700 guests in 209 rooms with a variety of accommodations and includes two swimming pools, a spa, restaurants and ballroom overlooking Lake Superior. The resort was with the ski hill just a few miles away. The ski hill and neighboring properties are no longer associated with the business operation of the lakeside resort.
KILLDEER, N.D. -- The Killdeer Police Department was called to an alleged armed encounter which involved multiple suspects and serious injuries as shots were fired in the Dunn County town in far western North Dakota on Monday night. The incident occurred just south of the Killdeer ballfield. Police believe the incident may be related to an earlier encounter outside the town, culminating with a report from witnesses at a local hotel, the release said.
FARGO – A man was hit by an Amtrak train early Thursday morning, June 22, in downtown Fargo. It happened about 2 a.m. in the 500 block of Roberts Street. Deputy Police Chief Joe Anderson said the train was pulling into the Amtrak station when the man walked onto the tracks. The man was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries, according to Anderson, who declined to release the victim’s name.
COGSWELL, N.D. – A 57-year-old man has died after he went underwater in a Sargent County slough Sunday night, June 18, authorities said. William VanderVoort, of rural Gwinner, was swimming in the Kraft Slough, about 10 miles northwest of Cogswell. He was with friends when he went underwater and was not found for at least 20 minutes. VanderVoort was first taken to a hospital in Oakes and later was taken to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo.
LANESBORO, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has issued warning about the dangers of the Conium maculatum plant, commonly known as poison hemlock. The plant has been found in southeast Minnesota, spreading quickly in the St. Charles and Lanesboro areas. All parts of the plant — leaves, stems, flowers and roots — are poisonous. Residents should wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and gloves when handling the plant and never ingest any part of it.