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By Kyle Potter / The Forum MOORHEAD – Police here visited Andrew Sandstrom’s home three times to check on the welfare of his children in the three years before he left his 5-month-old daughter in a hot van here last week, killing the baby girl and prompting prosecutors to file a charge of manslaughter against the 24-year-old father. The prior contact police had with the family raises the question: What, if anything, could officials have done to intervene earlier? In the criminal complaint filed against Sandstrom on Tuesday, prosecutors cited a pattern of neglect found from three stops
By Kari Lucin / Jamestown Sun The nine puppies who narrowly escaped being buried alive Saturday morning are in good hands now, thanks to the combined efforts of multiple rescue groups, volunteer bottle-feeders and a welcoming beagle family. “They seem to be strong and they’re eating well, and the ones that were brought up by the other rescues are doing well as well,” said Sarah Page, a rescue coordinator with Happy Tails in Maple Grove, Minn. The black-and-white pups were saved after their owner tried to bury them alive Saturday at a construction site in western North Dakota. From
By Emily Welker / The Forum MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Prosecutors here filed a manslaughter charge Tuesday against the father of a 5-month-old girl who died when he left her in a hot van for hours last week – a death that came after police had visited the home three times in the last three years on reports of child neglect or endangerment. The felony charge alleges Andrew Sandstrom, 24, was neglectful in causing the death of Christiana Sandstrom, who will be buried in a funeral today. “We’re not talking about intent here,” Clay County Attorney Brian Melton said Tuesday.
By John Hageman / Bemidji Pioneer EMIDJI — An illegal burning of one homeowner’s allergy irritants covering his lawn resulted in his neighbor’s garage catching fire Sunday evening. Bemidji firefighters were called to the 7700 block of Hunter Drive Northeast, on the north side of Lake Bemidji, at 5:33 p.m. Sunday for a grass fire.
By Kari Lucin / Jamestown Sun An attempt to bury nine puppies alive Saturday at a construction site in western North?Dakota failed when another person heard the dogs’ cries. Local animal rescue operation Prairie Paws Rescue teamed up with other animal rescue organizations in North Dakota and Minnesota to help the black-and-white pups, all of whom survived their experience. “It was a long night last night, but they’re all okay,” said Becky Johnson, co-founder of Prairie Paws, who spent Saturday night caring for the pups. First, they were brought to law enforcement in Tioga, a
By Ryan Johnson / The Forum MOORHEAD – Jim Sullivan said there were no warning signs that tragedy was in store for sister Nancy Sullivan, the oldest of the five Sullivan siblings who were born and raised in south Moorhead. “She was always in a good mood,” he said. “When she’d call me, she’d usually be going to work, and there was nothing ever that would indicate what happened.” She told him she wanted to leave her live-in boyfriend of several years, 65-year-old Johnny Simpson. On June 4, she started moving out of the house they shared in Shoreview, Minn.
MOORHEAD — A judge here ruled Friday that the siblings of a 5-month-old girl who died after she was left alone for hours in a van Tuesday should be placed in foster care. Responding to a 911 call from Andrew Sandstrom, the infant girl’s father, Moorhead police found Christiana Sandstrom dead about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in a van with the windows and doors closed at the family’s home.
By Bryan Horwath / Dickinson Tribune MOTT, N.D. – With a sucker in his shirt pocket and a small stuffed cow nestled under his arm, Kristen Wehri said her final goodbyes to her son before his casket was closed Friday. “I’ll love you forever, Michael,” Kristen said.
Anthony James Swanson, 35, of Deer Creek, appeared in Otter Tail County District Court on June 4, charged with leaving the scene of an accident and criminally-related vehicular use resulting in injuries to others. Court records state that at 6:14 p.m. on May 30, a Dodge pickup driven by Swanson collided with a horse-drawn buggy on Highway 73, east of Deer Creek. Three occupants of the buggy were injured and transported by ambulance to an area hospital, with non-life-threatening injuries. Swanson reportedly left the scene of the accident.
BISMARCK - The sports editor for The Dickinson Press was one of two men arrested Wednesday in Burleigh County on human trafficking charges. Bobby Abplanalp was charged Thursday with the Class A felony of attempted human trafficking. The charge carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. The criminal complaint alleges Abplanalp attempted to obtain another person for sex, knowing that person was under 18 and would be subject to human trafficking. Another man, Aaron S.