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DICKINSON, N.D. — Fisher Sand and Gravel Co., based out of Dickinson, was awarded a contract to develop a prototype for construction of a wall along the southern border by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, according to a release from U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota's obesity rate among adults crept upwards in 2016, but remains below that of its neighbors, according to a national study released Thursday, Aug. 31. The study, by New Jersey-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, found 27.8 percent of adults in Minnesota were obese in 2016, up 1.7 percent from a year prior. That figure is good for 18th out of the country's 50 states and District of Columbia. South Dakota ranked 24th with 29.6 percent, Wisconsin was 29th (30.7 percent), North Dakota was 36th (31.9 percent) and Iowa was 39th (32 percent).
SUPERIOR, Wis. — Six people have been charged with trespassing after their protest on Tuesday morning, Aug. 29, stopped work on a segment of Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline construction in rural Douglas County, Wis.
BRAINERD, Minn. — A 30-year-old Ironton man faces 35 counts of criminal sexual conduct that allegedly took place at a Brainerd residence involving two minor children between 13 and 18 years old. Andrew Mark Donnelly was summoned Monday and notified Tuesday, Aug. 29, of his first appearance at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 16 in a Crow Wing County District courtroom in Brainerd.
PLANKINTON, S.D. — A Plankinton man was sentenced to 87 years in the state penitentiary for sexual abuse, officials announced Wednesday. Christian Thomas, 43, was convicted on May 6 on 26 counts including fourth-degree rape, sexual contact with a child under 16, sexual exploitation of a minor, aiding or abetting fourth-degree rape, aiding or abetting sexual contact with child under 16 and possession of child pornography.
GRYGLA, Minn. -- A Grygla man was found dead Tuesday, Aug. 29, after a farming accident, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office. Ralph S. Lee, 80, had been cleaning the box of a farm truck used for hauling small grain when he became trapped in the truck’s chute and died, according to a news release. Deputies received a 911 call reporting Lee’s death at about 10:11 a.m. Tuesday and responded to the scene at the 43000 block of Moose River Road in Northwood Township, in the far northwest portion of Beltrami County.
DES MOINES, Iowa -- An Iowa man who was found Monday walking on North Washington Street on the outskirts of Grand Forks has been charged in the death of his stepson in Des Moines. Randy Dean Miles Jr., 41, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and first-degree arson in the death of Christopher Lenhart, 26, whose burned body was found near two burning vehicles Aug. 25 in Des Moines. Lenhart died Aug. 27 in an Iowa City hospital.
ST. PAUL -- A post-summer survey shows an upward trend of Minnesota’s tourism business, the state’s tourism promotion office said. Summer revenue was up for 42 percent of survey respondents and occupancy was up 35 percent, according to Explore Minnesota on Wednesday, Aug. 30. Meanwhile, 30 percent of respondents experienced a decrease in revenue and 31 percent said occupancy was down. The hotel and motel sector reported decreased occupancy due to significant growth of new hotel rooms in the Twin Cities area, the tourism office said in its news release.
FARGO - Fargo police have received preliminary results of the autopsy on Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind . Police reported on the department’s Facebook page Tuesday morning, Aug. 29, that the preliminary cause of death was “homicidal violence.” The autopsy is being conducted by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner in St. Paul because the body was recovered in Clay County, Minn. Further details about LaFontaine-Greywind’s death, or the manner in which her baby was born, were not released.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Investigators believe the dog found dead Aug. 1 in Point Lake with a rope tethering her to an anchor had been previously euthanized after suffering a serious illness. Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog stated in a news release on Monday, Aug. 28, that the dog's owner "placed the dog in Point Lake as a burial site because that is where the owner had taken the dog many times in the past to swim and fish.''