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MOORHEAD – Police seized 5 pounds of pot while executing a search warrant here on Thursday, the latest in a string of drug busts allegedly involving medical marijuana imported from states that have legalized it. Investigators conducted the search Thursday afternoon at 415 3rd Ave. S., also seizing more than $5,000 in cash, a 9 mm pistol and a .270-caliber rifle, according to a news release from Lt. Tory Jacobson.
FARGO – A man who punched two strangers last September, one of them a grandfather dining at the Ground Round restaurant with his 2-year-old grandson, was sentenced Monday to a year in prison. Calling the case “troubling,” prosecutors sought a three-year prison term for Brenden Marjama, 29, a day laborer from California, in exchange for his guilty pleas on two counts of aggravated assault, both Class C felonies, a longer sentence than recommended by probation officers.
Alexandria Echo Press ALEXANDRIA - A single-engine, fixed-wing airplane crashed on northwest Lake Latoka in Alexandria shortly after 10:30 a.m. this morning. No serious injuries were reported. The Cirrus plane was en route to the Alexandria Airport when it crashed, according to a deputy at the scene. The nose of the plane cracked through the ice, creating some open water. The plane’s parachute was deployed.
By Wendy Reuer / The Forum - HAWLEY, Minn. – Roz Randorf didn’t worry about her long-term boyfriend Kevin Ferris piloting small planes from their Duluth, Minn., home to their hometown of Moorhead. But Friday afternoon, she got the call she least expected. Friends at Twin Ports Aviation in Superior, Wis., told her Ferris’ plane was missing. He had taken to the skies from Superior around 9 a.m. en route to Moorhead to see his parents on Easter weekend.
East Otter Tail Focus - A possible new design for Perham’s south side water tower is making a splash around town. The design, while not final, has been shared at public meetings over the last couple weeks, to widely positive reviews. Ryan Stigman, who last summer came up with the logo design for Tuffy Stadium, has drafted a Yellowjackets-themed design for the tower.
According to law enforcement scanner traffic this morning, a plane just crashed on northwest Lake Latoka in Alexandria. Ice has cracked but the plane has not gone through. No injuries have been reported. Watch EchoPress.com for continued updates.
FARGO – It’s a rematch between International Falls, Minn., and Fargo for the title of the Weather Channel’s “Toughest Weather City.” The two cities were in the running for the title in 2011, when Fargo’s wind, cold and floods helped the city claim the crown. This year, Fargo handily beat out Dodge City, Kan., in the sweet 16 round, and knocked out Detroit and then Marquette to enter the championship.
By Bethany Wesley / Bemidji Pioneer - BEMIDJI — Was the process flawed? A Grand Forks-based development group is questioning the city’s process and decision-making in its recent agreement with Bemidji-based B&B Enterprises for a housing development on the south shore of Lake Bemidji. “None of the answers that were given are very satisfactory to us,” said Monty Lund, one of three men who make up Blue Star Investments in Grand Forks. “We’ve all been in business long enough where if a deal’s better, a deal’s better. Is this the best deal? We’re of the opinion, no.”
By Helmut Schmidt / The Forum - FARGO – When North High School administrators bumped “grinding” from allowable dances at this year’s prom, lots of students thought outlawing the up-close-and-personal style of dancing would make attendance thin. But thanks to an impromptu dance academy, there’s a good chance at least some Spartans will cut footloose.
By Emily Welker /The fORUM - GLYNDON – When someone’s house catches on fire in the city, it’s important to get the fire chief on the phone right away. It’s especially important when the house happens to be owned by the fire chief. That’s what happened to Glyndon Fire Chief Bob Cuchna, who was at work at the Fargo Fire Department at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday when he heard about the fire at his house at 351 County Highway 9 in rural Clay County. Cuchna is both a captain for the full-time fire department in Fargo and chief of Glyndon’s volunteer unit.