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By John Hageman / Bemidji Pioneer BEMIDJI — On a recent rainy afternoon, a bouquet of flowers sat in the ditch separating the two directions of U.S. Highway 2, adjacent to its intersection with State Highway 89. The flowers are a reminder of an unspecified crash at this crossing —it’s unclear from driving by if the bouquet is marked. But it does mark one of the most dangerous intersections in the state. With that in mind, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is planning a major overhaul of the intersection of Highway 2 and Highway 89 west of Bemidji.
By Rin Porter / Wadena Pioneer Journal Sheriff Mike Carr delivered a riveting presentation on the activities that took place during the Green Valley Fire emergency from May 14 to 18 at the May 23 meeting of the Wadena County Board. Assisted by Chief Deputy Bill Cross, Carr described the efforts of 53 agencies to fight the fire, evacuate a nursing home and more than 1700 other county residents, reroute traffic around the fire area, and provide food, water, and toilets to the firefighters and first responders.
By Wendy Reuer / The Forum FARGO – Four tires lumber over the rocks and dirt, jolting toward a muddy puddle as wide as it is long. The driver grips the wheel and stomps on the gas, barreling through mud and muck while holding his breath – hoping the mud doesn’t grab hold and slap the big machine with the wallop of a brittle stop. The anticipation and excitement of blasting through an obstacle is part of the fun of off-roading, or “mudding” as it is sometimes called.
WAHPETON, N.D. – The man accused with stabbing a store clerk here with scissors on Wednesday is expected to make his first court appearance Friday. Police said they will not release the suspect’s name until he appears in court, but he is expected to face multiple charges including aggravated assault and kidnapping. Police said the suspect walked into the Family Dollar store around 8 p.m.
By Mikkel Pates / The Forum MOORHEAD — RDO Equipment, based in Fargo, is known as the largest network of John Deere construction and agricultural equipment dealerships in the country, with some 60 locations and operations in a dozen states, as well as in Russia, Ukraine and Australia. But Christi Offutt, its CEO, says striving to be the best is more important than being the biggest, and that involves a “stakeholder philosophy, not a shareholder philosophy.” Christi, 43, a daughter of Ron D.
By Justin Glawe / Bemidji Pioneer BEMIDJI — The first lawsuit born of the Minnesota Child Victims Act was filed Wednesday, and the lawyer representing “John Doe 1” in the case said more suits will be filed against James Porter, a priest who worked in Bemidji and admitted to abusing more than 100 children across the country from 1960-73.
A Shevlin man won more than $56,000 in a Minnesota State Lottery game last week. According to a press release from the lottery, Wayne Hinrichs stayed “pretty calm” when he realized he won $56,893 from his Progressive Print-N-Play ticket purchased from Pete’s Place in Bemidji May 23. Hinrichs plans on using some of the money to do home improvement projects.
FARGO — When it comes to concert tickets, presale is the new on-sale. That’s because, according to local music promoters and bookers, it’s now normal for concerts to have at least one, or even multiple, opportunities to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public. This means the early bird gets the first pick at the best seats. “The days of the public ticket on-sale of the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s has really gone away,” says Rob Sobolik, general manager of the Fargodome. That’s especially true with the Feb. 7 Justin Timberlake concert at the Fargodome.
Legendary rock band Three Dog Night will perform live on stage at Shooting Star Casino, Hotel & Event Center, located at 777 Casino Road in Mahnomen, Minnesota, on Friday, June 14, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased by phone at 1-800-313-SHOW (7469), online at www.StarCasino.com , or via the “Events” tab on Shooting Star’s Facebook page:&nbs
By Wendy Reuer / Forum News Service ADA, Minn.