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ROSEVILLE, Minn.—Instead of digging holes for a new fence, Michael Shelton spent Thursday on an "unbelievable" road trip. The Bemidji man claimed his nearly $550,000 lottery win Thursday at the Minnesota Lottery headquarters in Roseville, a Twin Cities suburb north of St. Paul and a 3½-hour drive from home. Shelton bought his winning Gopher 5 ticket of $549,633 at the Orton's Bemidji Cenex. Shelton's winning numbers, drawn Wednesday evening, were 15-22-23-27-31.
BISMARCK — Attorneys for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said this week the agency will need more time to review information from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline before completing an environmental study. In a status report filed in the U.S. District Court in North Dakota, the Corps said it has "almost completed its evaluation" but now expects to issue a decision by the end of the month. It had previously expected to complete the process by Friday, Aug. 10.
ROSEVILLE, Minn. — A Minnesota Lottery winning ticket of nearly $550,000 recently was sold at a Bemidji business. Orton's Bemidji Cenex, located at 555 Paul Bunyan Drive NW in Bemidji, sold a Gopher 5 ticket worth $549,633, according to a release Thursday from the Minnesota Lottery. The business will receive a $5,000 bonus when the prize is claimed. The winning ticket matched all of the Gopher 5 numbers drawn Wednesday, Aug. 8 (15-22-23-27-31).
MOUNTAIN LAKE, Minn. — Two Wednesday, Aug. 1, traffic stops in Cottonwood County resulted in the confiscation of nearly 60 pounds of marijuana, more than $13,000 and six arrests. According to criminal complaints, two vehicles bearing California license plates were stopped after 1 a.m.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Seven people have been arrested on heroin charges on or near two northwest Minnesota Indian reservations as part of concentrated investigation into distribution of the drug and fentanyl in the area. Four people were arrested in Naytahwaush near the White Earth Indian Reservation and one person was arrested in another nearby community of Bemidji after multiple drug busts by the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force last week.
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- A Michigan man has been arrested for climbing Mount Rushmore. Zachary Schossau, 19, of South Rockwood, Mich., was arrested by park rangers on Sunday, July 22. On Monday, he was ordered by U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollman to pay a $1,000 fine and $30 in court fees, according to a Department of Justice news release. “Please be respectful and stay off the Rushmore Memorial,” U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons said. “The terrain is hazardous, and it ends in federal court.”
DULUTH -- Former Minnesota Duluth standout quarterback Bruce Grant, the son of legendary Minnesota Vikings coach Bud Grant, has died at the age of 57 after a battle with brain cancer. Bruce Grant, a native of Bloomington, started three years under center for the Bulldogs from 1981-83 and was named to the All-NSIC first team his senior season. He was the program's all-time leader with 3,690 passing yards and 3,887 total offensive yards when he graduated.
ITASCA COUNTY -- A 23-year-old Bemidji man died in a weekend ATV accident in rural Itasca County in northwest Minnesota. The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an ATV accident on North Wassen Lake Road at midnight on Saturday, July 21, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji City Council has approved a resolution opposing the sale of strong alcohol in grocery and convenience stores. To show legislative leaders where they stand on the matter, 130 other Minnesota cities have passed similar resolutions. Historically, bills to authorize sales in grocery or convenience stores have been opposed by cities and other municipal government units because of the negative impact that it would have on control and accountability.
ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota administrative law judge extended the time the state will receive public comments on a controversial proposal to regulate fall use of some crop fertilizers. Written comments now are due by 4:30 p.m. Aug. 15, about two weeks later than originally planned. Public hearings will wrap up next week in St. Cloud and Park Rapids.