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With a $1.6 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot, North Dakota stand to score big if a winning ticket belongs to a resident. Ryan Koppy, sales and marketing manager for the state lottery, said the state taxes lottery winnings at 2.9 percent. If the winner lives in North Dakota, he or she will pay about $43 million in state taxes. In Minnesota, the 7.25 percent tax rate would add up to around $116 million. The winner will end up handing over about $384 million to the federal government for a 24 percent tax rate.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota and Minnesota experienced some of the most growth among heartland states from 2010 to 2016, according to a Brookings Institute study. Much of North Dakota's growth has been driven by an increase in energy extraction fields and the oil boom, the study claimed. The survey included 19 states in the "heartland region" stretching from Oklahoma to Ohio.
ROOSEVELT, Minn.—Half a month after a small-town City Council member in northern Minnesota allegedly threatened a reporter during a public meeting, the investigation is still open and council members have dodged phone calls and an open records request. At the Oct. 1 Roosevelt City Council meeting, reporter Doris Knutson from Baudette's weekly Northern Light Region was sworn at by the city clerk and said she felt threatened by a council member who towered over her and yelled.
The State auditor's race seems to be in the background of Minnesota politics as election day approaches. Nevertheless, Democratic-Farmer-Labor-backed candidate Julie Blaha and Republican Pam Myhra are both vying for the position. Blaha said the most common question she's asked is simple: "What does the state auditor do?" Minnesota is one of 24 states that elects the position. The role focuses on local government oversight and involves auditing, reviewing, investigating, reporting and educating, the state website said.
WADENA, Minn. - A bicyclist from Detroit Lakes was killed Thursday night after running into a car in Wadena, a release from the Minnesota State Patrol said. The biker, 39, was northbound on Second Street and crossed Highway 10 against a red light, the release said. He ran into the side of a 2009 Chevy Silverado heading west at 11:15 p.m., State Patrol said.
GRAND FORKS -- A 23-year-old Grand Forks Air Force Base serviceman was killed in a crash Monday night, Oct. 1, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. Shane Mclaren, 28, of Grand Forks was driving an empty sugar beet semi westbound on U.S. Highway 2 and moving onto the right shoulder when a red 2008 Ford pickup rear ended him at 8:51 p.m., according to a news release from the patrol.
GRAND FORKS — Audits of North Dakota's and Minnesota's day care systems raise red flags in child care licensing, with problems ranging from leaving children in unsafe care to making data inaccessible for parents. The North Dakota State Auditor's Office 2017 biennium report of the Department of Human Services (DHS) said flaws in the system are "jeopardizing the health and safety of children." The department denied there was potential for harm.
The bear that wandered into Grand Forks’ University Park and climbed up a tree Monday was euthanized, police said Tuesday. A Facebook post from the Grand Forks Police Department said the animal was taken out of town for medical examination.