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KILLDEER, N.D.—A 41-year-old Montana man died Thursday, March 30, after he was run over by a service truck on Highway 22 near Killdeer. According to a report released by the North Dakota Highway Patrol: The incident happened about 5:43 p.m. Thursday about 30 miles north of Killdeer. A service truck was northbound on Highway 22 when insulation the truck was carrying blew off the truck bed. The driver of the truck stopped and the victim, who was a passenger in the truck, got out to retrieve the insulation.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — A man is dead and an 8-year-old boy is in critical condition after a shooting Thursday in Grand Rapids.
WEBSTERVILLE, Vt. and ARDEN HILLS, Minn. — Vermont Creamery co-founders Bob Reese and Allison Hooper and Land O'Lakes, Inc. president and CEO Chris Policinski have announced their businesses have joined forces. Vermont Creamery will become an independently operated subsidiary of Minnesota-based Land O'Lakes. It will continue to produce its award-winning fresh and aged goat cheeses, cultured butter and fresh dairy at the creamery in Websterville, Vt.
GRAND FORKS -- University of North Dakota senior captain Connor O'Brien has decided to retire from football due to injuries, Fighting Hawks coach Bubba Schweigert said Wednesday morning, March 29. O'Brien had started 18 straight games at inside linebacker and was third on the team in tackles in 2016 with 67. The Lemont, Ill., native also had 6.0 tackles for loss and an interception in 2016.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — An International Falls teenager missing from Bemidji for more than a month has been found safe, according to a news release from the Bemidji Police Department. According to the release, 13-year-old Gary Tilander was located in Lidgerwood, N.D., after the International Falls Police Department received a tip from a "concerned citizen." The tip was then passed to the Bemidji Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Tilander was located at a Lingerwood residence.
PIERRE, S.D.—A proposed measure to make marijuana legal in South Dakota could be unconstitutional, said the state's attorney general. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley issued a statement Tuesday saying the initiated measure to make possession of one ounce of marijuana legal within the state "has numerous conflicts with other State laws." Jackley said the scope and effect of the law is unclear, and clarification will likely be needed.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Senate lawmakers defeated a bill Tuesday, March 28, introduced in response to Dakota Access Pipeline protests, with one legislator saying it would have a "potentially chilling effect" on free speech. Lawmakers voted 1-44 on House Bill 1193, which was prompted by instances of protesters who attached themselves to equipment to stop construction of the pipeline. The bill would have made it a Class C felony to cause economic harm of more than $1,000 while committing a misdemeanor offense.
MINOT, N.D. -- Citing a lack of evidence, the Ward County State's Attorney's Office filed a motion to dismiss a charge of selling alcohol without a license by the Ice Cold Ryders Motorcycle Club of Minot. Judge Douglas Mattson agreed and signed an order of dismissal.
A toddler reported missing early Tuesday has been found safe after his father and another man allegedly abducted him and stabbed the boy's mother. In a message on its Twitter page, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said 2-year-old Harlen Hulbert is safe after he was abducted at 6:55 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, from a home in south Minneapolis.