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WEST FARGO — Cass County is seeking volunteers to fill sandbags from Wednesday, March 27, to Friday, April 5, at the Cass County Highway Shop at 1201 Main Ave. W. in West Fargo. Volunteers are needed weekdays and weekends. Weekday shifts run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Weekend shifts are slated for 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 30, and from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 31. To maximize productivity, 55 to 60 volunteers per shift are needed. Businesses, civic organizations, rural subdivisions and other groups are encouraged to help out.
BEMIDJI — Jeff Sande, the longtime Bemidji State University physical plant manager who in January pleaded guilty to spending tens of thousands of public dollars on himself, will head to jail next month. Judge Paul Benshoof on Tuesday, March 19, imposed a 90-day sentence on Sande, 45 days of which he’ll serve in Beltrami County Jail and 45 days of which will be on electronic home monitoring. He’ll be eligible for supervised release after 30 days. Sande will be on probation for up to 10 years after his sentence ends.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comments on applications for several different licenses and permits needed to construct and operate the Line 3 Replacement Project across northern Minnesota.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. - Jasmine Block, the teenage girl from Alexandria who was kidnapped, held captive for 29 days and then escaped her captors, will appear on "Dr. Phil" today, Tuesday, March 19. The show airs at 3 p.m. in some markets or 4 p.m. on NBC in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Check local listings for network and time.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- Authorities are investigating the deaths of three people in the White Earth area, although so far they are releasing very little information. Chief Deputy Shane Richard of the Becker County Sheriff’s Office says the only thing they are able to confirm as of Monday afternoon, March 18, is that they are investigating the death of three individuals. Richard says they will not confirm whether it is a homicide investigation, but the office has called in the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to assist. Any information being released will be through the BCA.
MINOT, N.D. -- One lucky person in the Minot area will be $2 million richer, thanks to a winning Powerball ticket. The prize was won during Saturday, March 16's evening drawing, in which the winner correctly selected the five white balls -- but not the red Powerball. That combination of winners normally would be worth $1 million, but the winning player also purchased the Power Play feature. Nobody has come forward with the winning ticket. Winners have 180 days from the day of the drawing to claim their prize.
MERRIFIELD, Minn. — A new step in the process to survey the scope of the potential spread of chronic wasting disease among Crow Wing County’s deer population began Sunday, March 17. Wildlife disease specialists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture took to the woods near the Mission Lake Wildlife Management Area, searching for deer to test for the disease. “The DNR would like us to collect some more deer so they can sample them for chronic wasting disease, and hopefully get a better handle on how widespread it is,” said John Hart, a USDA wildlife disease specialist.
MILWAUKEE — Authorities said Saturday that they believe a body found along a southern Minnesota highway is that of a missing 2-year-old girl from Milwaukee. At a news conference Saturday morning, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said the body believed to be that of Noelani Robinson was found in Steele County on Friday night.
BEMIDJI — A 25-year-old Lancaster man has been charged with two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct after allegedly traveling to Blackduck to have sex with an underage girl. Cody Bernhardt is being held at the Beltrami County Jail on one count of third degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child.
VIRGINIA, Minn. — A Virginia man made his first court appearance Wednesday, March 13, on charges that he stalked and solicited a 13-year-old girl for sex online. Ricki George Palacio, 65, is charged with stalking, soliciting a child through electronic communication, describing sexual conduct with a child online and distributing material that describes sexual content to a child online. Palacio’s bail was set at $75,000, in line with a request from the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office. According to the criminal complaint filed Wednesday: