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BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Curtis Webb, the former executive director of Bemidji's Sanford Center, pleaded guilty on Friday, Jan. 24, to one count of theft by swindle in relation to his former job. As part of the plea, Webb's sentence will include a stay of imposition, three years of probation, a 45-day cap on jail time, a $1,000 fine, restitution of roughly $37,200 and that he have no contact with the organization VenuWorks, which is the Iowa-based company the city of Bemidji contracts with to manage the Sanford Center.
ST. PAUL -- A total of eight people have died in Minnesota fires already in 2020, and four of the deaths were likely smoking-related, officials said Friday, Jan. 24. There were three fire deaths at this time last year in Minnesota, according to the office of State Fire Marshal Jim Smith. Smoking is typically the leading cause of fatal fires each year in Minnesota.
ELKO, Nev. — Forum News Service columnist Jessie Veeder and several other North Dakotans have been invited to participate in an annual festival here that honors the artistic and cultural traditions of the American West. The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, held Jan. 27 through Feb. 1 in Elko, announced Veeder will appear for the second time at this year's event. In addition to serving as a columnist from her ranch in Watford City, N.D., Veeder is also a singer-songwriter and author.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- A Little Falls, Minn., man died Tuesday night after suffering a medical condition while hauling cattle in North Dakota. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said Gregory Anderson, 63, was driving a 2004 Peterbilt semi-trailer loaded with cattle from Jamestown to Aberdeen, S.D.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A man who died following a "medical emergency" in the Northwest Regional Corrections Center in November died of an overdose after swallowing a bag of methamphetamine, officials said.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota has had its first influenza death of someone younger than 18 for the flu season, the Minnesota Department of Health reported Thursday, Jan. 23. No information is being released about the victim to protect the family's privacy, health department spokeswoman Andrea Ahneman said. Pediatric deaths occur during every flu season but are uncommon. During the 2018-19 flu season, Minnesota had 95 flu deaths, but only one of them was someone under 18, according to health department data. So far this season, 31 people have died in Minnesota.
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. — The hot-button issue of refugee resettlement consent landed in International Falls earlier this week, and the Koochiching County Board declined to move it beyond committee. The five-member board on Tuesday cited a Maryland District Court judge's ruling from earlier this month in deciding not to move forward with a consent vote.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained a steady 3.3% during December, according to data released Thursday, Jan. 23, by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December also held a steady 3.5%, according to a department release. Minnesota gained 3,978 jobs from December 2018 to December 2019, a 0.1% increase. The private sector average wage rate was up 24 cents in December for a 4% rise over the year.
BROOKINGS, S.D. — North Dakota State’s solo perch on top of the Summit League men’s basketball standings didn’t last long. South Dakota State led from start to finish to defeat the Bison 78-73 Wednesday night, Jan. 22, at Frost Arena. The Bison, who trailed by 12 points at halftime, gave it a run in the second half, but each surge was met with opposition from the Jackrabbits. As a result, NDSU dropped to 13-7 overall and 4-2 in the Summit.
DULUTH — The six-day strike by St. Louis County snowplow drivers is over. Teamsters Local 320 announced late Monday afternoon, Jan. 20, it had ratified a three-year contract with the county. The two sides, bargaining in the presence of state mediators, reached the deal around 2 a.m. Monday after a 15-hour session. The vote was 133-0, said Erik Skoog, chief negotiator for the employees.