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BEMIDJI, Minn. - The body of a 63-year-old man found half-submerged in Lake Bemidji at Nymore Beach on Friday has been identified as Adelbert James Ryan. Ryan, of Bemidji, was found by two boys riding their bicycles. A construction worker later confirmed the discovery and called police. Ryan's death is not being investigated as a homicide, but his cause of death remains unknown pending an autopsy to be performed by Beltrami County Coroner Mark Robia. Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin said the body did not appear to have any evidence of trauma, and foul play is not suspected.
MAPLE GROVE, Minn. -- Former Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers Sunday used a suburban setting to emphasize his middle-class roots and announce he is running for governor. During brief remarks, he emphasized his rural North Dakota upbringing and said he would love to lure business to Minnesota from his home state.
The North Dakota Legislative Council is asking the state attorney general for an opinion on whether North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani broke the law by deleting more than 45,000 emails that may have been subject to an open records request. Legislative Council attorney John Bjornson has asked Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem if Bresciani broke laws by destroying records that may have been subject to an open records request. On April 29, the Legislative Council, on behalf of an unnamed legislator, requested emails from a number of State Board of Higher Educ
By Mike Nowatzki / The Forum FARGO – Fargo business magnate Ron Offutt, whose meager roots on his family’s Moorhead potato farm sprouted into a wildly successful career as the nation’s largest potato producer and dealer of John Deere farm equipment, is being sued by grocers who claim Offutt and others illegally pumped up the price of spuds. The civil lawsuit, filed in federal court in Kansas by Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc. against the United Potato Growers of America (UPGA), Offutt, R.D. Offutt Co.
One of the most important ways to preserve the American dream, and keep the middle class alive and kicking, is through higher education. Affordable higher education. Students have been shouldering an ever greater debt load over the past decade as states retrench and cut higher education funding. That’s why it’s so important to keep the interest rate on student loans an affordable 3.4 percent. Without Congressional action, they are set to double to 6.8 percent on July 1. Minnesota students are responsible and playing by the rules, but they have some of the highest higher education debt rat
MOORHEAD – The father of a 5-month-old Moorhead girl who died last week after being left unattended in a van on a warm day has surrendered himself to police. Andrew J. Sandstrom, 24, turned himself in to the Moorhead Police Department at about 1:15 p.m.
A member of a Native American gang has been sentenced to 43 years in federal prison for shooting and killing a fellow gang member. Shaun Martinez was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court. Martinez pleaded guilty in December to one count of murder resulting from using a firearm in a violent crime. In a plea agreement, Martinez admitted that he shot and killed Jeremee Kraskey in south Minneapolis in February 2011 to keep him from giving information to law enforcement.
BEMIDJI — The saying goes something like this: There is one thing they don’t make more of, and that is time. Cliff Tweedale, executive director for the Headwaters Regional Development Commission, heard that saying from a friend awhile back, and admits the idea of having more free time was a factor when he decided to retire after 38 years with the HRDC. A retirement party for Tweedale is set for 2:30 p.m. today at the Bemidji Town & Country Club.
By Kyle Potter / The Forum MOORHEAD – Police here visited Andrew Sandstrom’s home three times to check on the welfare of his children in the three years before he left his 5-month-old daughter in a hot van here last week, killing the baby girl and prompting prosecutors to file a charge of manslaughter against the 24-year-old father. The prior contact police had with the family raises the question: What, if anything, could officials have done to intervene earlier? In the criminal complaint filed against Sandstrom on Tuesday, prosecutors cited a pattern of neglect found from three stops
By Kari Lucin / Jamestown Sun The nine puppies who narrowly escaped being buried alive Saturday morning are in good hands now, thanks to the combined efforts of multiple rescue groups, volunteer bottle-feeders and a welcoming beagle family. “They seem to be strong and they’re eating well, and the ones that were brought up by the other rescues are doing well as well,” said Sarah Page, a rescue coordinator with Happy Tails in Maple Grove, Minn. The black-and-white pups were saved after their owner tried to bury them alive Saturday at a construction site in western North Dakota. From