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FARGO – There are three new places to hunt and fish in Minnesota and North Dakota. The U.S. Department of the Interior plans to open more than 251,000 acres nationally to new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 30 national wildlife refuges. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke made the announcement Sept. 7, saying the move was made in an effort to increase access to public lands.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—A final report from the federal agency investigating an air ambulance helicopter crash in Alexandria showed pilot error as the ultimate cause of the crash. Three crew members were injured in the crash about 2 a.m. Sept. 17, 2016. No patients were on board. The helicopter operated by North Memorial Air Care had taken off from Brainerd and was destined for Douglas County Hospital but diverted to Alexandria Municipal Airport as heavy fog developed.
GLYNDON, Minn. — A West Fargo man is suspected of burglarizing a home in the far western Minnesota town of Glyndon early Friday, Sept. 7, and sexually assaulting a minor who was living in the home, Glyndon Police Chief Mike Cline said. At about 1:10 a.m. Friday, authorities were called to a Glyndon home after the father of the victim encountered an intruder in the kitchen and the intruder fled, Cline said. A Moorhead police dog was brought in to try to track the intruder, but the effort was unsuccessful, the chief said.
WADENA, Minn.—The Wadena County Sheriff's Office has received information regarding counterfeit currency being passed in the Wadena County area as well as Cass County. The currency was recently used in Nimrod and turned into a bank in Pine River, according to Sgt./Investigator Amy Ament with the Wadena County Sheriff's Office. No Wadena County business has reported the counterfeit currency yet, Ament said. Ament is working with the U.S. Secret Service on the matter.
ABERDEEN, S.D. — Police say what was reported earlier as an active shooter disturbance at Sanford Medical Center was not a shooting, as investigators found no evidence of shots having been fired Thursday morning, Sept. 6. Eyewitness accounts suggested there were up to three shots fired on the second floor of the hospital in Aberdeen, but investigators say the noises people heard were likely caused by a suspect banging on something.
MITCHELL, S.D.—A man accused of beating a woman and throwing a 7-week-old baby on the ground was sentenced Friday to about four years and seven months in prison. Levi Sapp, 26, of Mitchell, was arrested on March 30 after police were alerted that there had been a domestic disturbance.
ST. PAUL -- August marked the first time in four months where fatalities dropped below 30 traffic-related deaths during a single month, Minnesota Department of Public Safety statistics show. During the 100 deadliest days (Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day), 116 people were killed on Minnesota roads. That’s 52 percent of all traffic fatalities so far this year and a decrease of five deaths from the same period in 2017.
WOODBURY, Minn. — A Hayward, Wis., man accused of attempting to hire a minor for prostitution had his initial hearing in Washington County District Court Aug. 2. According to the complaint: Scott Klohn, 62, approached a 17-year-old male at a fitness center in Woodbury while the male was exercising May 19. Klohn asked him if he would go into the bathroom and "poop in a cup" for him for $20. The male declined. He then saw Klohn staring at him in the locker room while standing in a towel. Klohn later removed the towel and walked around the male still staring at him.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — A Minneapolis man accused of strangling a woman to death in a Crookston apartment last year will ask a judge to dismiss the charges against him. An attorney for Eddie Markeith Frazier, 50, filed a motion Monday, Aug. 27, to dismiss a grand jury indictment in relation to the death of 48-year-old Tawnja Rene Wallace, who was found dead in her apartment May 3, 2017. Frazier faces two first-degree murder charges and two counts of second-degree murder, all felonies, after investigators found Wallace’s body in a bathtub, according to court documents.
NORTH PRAIRIE, Minn. --—Officials are investigating an apparent arson after an abandoned house burned in Morrison County. Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen reported the office received a report of an explosion at 2:55 a.m. Aug. 21 on the 1800 block of 150th Avenue. The Bowlus Fire Department responded to the scene 2 miles south of North Prairie in Two Rivers Township, finding the house engulfed in flames.