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Fargo – A Fargo man is charged with attempted murder, accused of locking 2 men in his apartment and beating them with a sword and table leg. Along with attempted murder Damon White Bird is charged with felonious restraint and aggravated assault. Police say there were witnesses also in the apartment during the alleged assault. One victim suffered a skull fracture and internal bleeding. The other had puncture wounds on his upper back and chest, across his shoulders and on his face and hands.
HASTINGS, Minn. – A Hastings man was arrested Sunday afternoon after his 2-year-old son was found walking barefoot near 15th and Vermillion streets. At about 3 p.m. Sunday, Hastings police received a call that a 2-year-old boy was wandering around without supervision. The boy was carrying two bottles of Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Officers canvassed the area and searched for the child’s parents. They could not be found, so the child was taken to the police department for about two hours while the search continued.
FARGO – One person died and another was seriously injured in an apartment fire this morning at 925 Page Drive. The fire department was not releasing any identifying information about the victims, said Assistant Fire Chief Leroy Skarloken. Flames could be seen coming from a second-floor unit onto the patio when firefighters arrived on scene around 5:30 a.m. The three-floor apartment complex has 20 units, according to online information about it.
The cost of attending colleges and universities in eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota are still mostly on the low end compared to similar institutions nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s new online “college scorecard.” Graduation rates, meanwhile, put regional institutions mostly in the middle of the pack nationally.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - A Detroit Lakes man has been convicted and sentenced in Becker County District Court on seven felony counts of possessing child pornography. Christopher Damian Gessel, 35, of 3094 Kennedy Acres Road, Detroit Lakes, was ordered to serve a total of 84 months (seven years) in prison and fined $210.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- With the help of a dog and tip about a suspicious passenger, Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department deputies and Border Patrol agents busted a Portland, Ore., man and confiscated $44,000 worth of high-quality marijuana from an Amtrak train that was stopped in Grand Forks early Wednesday. Authorities arrested Andrew Sorenson, 22, of Portland. According to a news release from Sheriff Bob Rost, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol informed his office that agents had information about a suspicious passenger who had boarded the train in Portland.
FARGO – So much for privacy settings. Two Fargo men were charged Monday with burglarizing a Harwood, N.D., home after one of them allegedly left his cellphone there with his Facebook app open to his own profile.
FARGO – The YMCA of Cass and Clay suspended three day care providers in Fargo after they brought a 4-year-old boy outside Monday with no coat or winter gear. The boy at the south Fargo location, 4243 19th Ave. S., didn’t want to dress to go outside, said Paul Finstad, YMCA president. The teacher hoped the boy would change his mind if they brought him out into the cold, along with the child’s boots and coat. Finstad said that doesn’t follow YMCA policy, and the nonprofit has suspended all three staffers involved.
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.