George Widman of Widman Candy Shop has been the confection king in Crookston for nearly 40 years. With every Best of Minnesota story, we like the winners to acknowledge being voted “the best” on camera. But being typical Minnesotans, boasting proved to be difficult.
A drug pipeline that supplied meth from the Twin Cities to North Dakota has shut down. Strangely enough, it all started with electronics stolen from homes and businesses in Grand Forks and Twin Cities suburbs. The investigation began in North Dakota, according to Minneapolis Police Sgt. Scott Downing.
An overdose death from a powerful synthetic morphine has Grand Forks police wondering if other people who’ve been sickened by drugs in the past six months have taken the substance.
he representative for a Grand Forks attorney who was accused and then cleared of conspiring to kill a confidential informant said Tuesday he plans to investigate a drug task force now that the key witness in the case has been sentenced to prison. Henry Howe, 73, a longtime criminal defense attorney, was charged in January with murder conspiracy, which was later downgraded to tampering with a witness. A judge threw out the case after Howe’s lawyer, David Thompson, argued that witness Steven Anderson made up the allegations.
A 50-year-old man has died in an accident on the opening day of Minnesota’s firearms deer season. The Mahnomen County sheriff’s office says Paul Scholl, of Laporte, was shot while coming out of his deer hunting area about 16 miles southeast of Mahnomen in northwestern Minnesota on Saturday afternoon.
Law enforcement personnel who investigated the synthetic drug deaths of two Grand Forks-area teenagers have been honored by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Grand Forks-based Altru Health System has named its next president. Eric Lunn is Altru’s chief medical executive. He will take over for Casey Ryan, who is stepping down at the end of the year. Ryan has been the president for 17 years.
A Minnesota man was taken to a Grand Forks hospital after crashing his pickup truck into a train. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the incident happened shortly before 2:30 a.m. Thursday. Authorities say the 33-year-old man from Brooten, Minnesota, collided with the BNSF Railway train at a crossing just west of Grand Forks.
Police say they have arrested a man in St. Paul who’s wanted in the murder of a Grand Forks, North Dakota, man. St. Paul police spokesman Paul Paulos says the 29-year-old Delvin Shaw was arrested Saturday morning.
One of 15 people to plead guilty in a synthetic drug conspiracy that resulted in the overdose deaths of two teenagers is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court. Casey Rosen is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances resulting in serious bodily injury and death.
A spring snowstorm in the Upper Midwest shut down schools and government offices Monday, made travel hazardous for drivers and life miserable for cattle ranchers in the midst of calving season. The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for much of the Dakotas and part of Minnesota.
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A decision a young man made while renewing his driver’s license may have been the most important thing he ever did.
A Lakeville native is in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center after being pulled from a burning home by a friend near the University of North Dakota campus last Sunday, authorities said.
Former University of North Dakota head football coach Chris Mussman has landed a job as an assistant at St. Cloud State. The Minnesota school has hired Mussman as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
A Texas man accused of distributing chemicals that ultimately resulted in the synthetic drug deaths of two teens in the Grand Forks, N.D., area has pleaded guilty. Charles Carlton pleaded guilty Monday to three counts, including conspiracy to distribute controlled substances resulting in serious bodily injury and death.
A North Dakota man who admitted to cooking up synthetic drugs that led to the overdose deaths of two teens has been sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison. Twenty-two-year-old Andrew Spofford, of Grand Forks, is the 12th person sentenced in the wide-ranging conspiracy. His sentence is the longest by five years. Spofford pleaded guilty in October to five counts, including conspiracy to distribute controlled substances resulting in serious bodily injury and death.
A Texas man accused of leading a conspiracy to import and sell chemicals used to make synthetic hallucinogenic drugs that led to the overdose deaths of two teenagers in the Grand Forks area says he will plead guilty.
Forecasters in Grand Forks say the risk for substantial spring flooding is low along the Red River and Devils Lake Basin. But they say winter is far from over and an early thaw is less likely.
Four people are awaiting extradition from Minnesota to North Dakota on charges connected with a burglary and fatal stabbing west of Grand Forks. Grand Forks County Sheriff Robert Rost says 33-year-old Ruben Cisneros, of Grand Forks, was found early Sunday stabbed to death at a farm house.
The University of North Dakota has fired head football coach Chris Mussman after a 3-8 season, including a 2-6 mark in the Big Sky Conference. UND athletic director Brian Faison says the two met Monday and Mussman was relieved of his duties immediately. Mussman coached six seasons with UND and had an overall 31-34 record. He joined the coaching staff as the offensive line coach in 1999, became offensive coordinator in 2001 and took over as the head coach prior to the 2008 season.
A Pine County teenager is now charged in a home invasion that left a man dead. It happened after the intruders entered the house of a 75-year-old man around 2:30 a.m. Thursday. Officials said 23-year-old Gypsy Watts had a gun, and the homeowner shot and killed him. Investigators tell us Watts and a 16-year-old boy broke into the man’s house, hoping to steal his prescription medications.
Federal prosecutors say in court documents released Wednesday that a man sentenced to death for killing a University of North Dakota student nearly 10 years ago knew what he was doing and his final appeal should be dismissed without a hearing.
University of North Dakota graduate Karen Nyberg has returned from her most recent trip to space. A Russian space capsule carrying Nyberg and two other astronauts returned to Earth on Monday from the International Space Station in a flawless landing in Kazakhstan.
The board of directors for the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference has unanimously approved the use of shootouts to break ties in conference games. The NHL-style shootouts involving three players from each team will be used if a game is still tied after the standard five-minute, sudden-death overtime period.