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Wings of the Kirkbride Could Become Senior Apartment Homes

The Fergus Falls building is one of the last few left in the United States

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — The Fergus Falls State Hospital was built in 1890 and was once one of more than 70 Kirkbrides across the United States. “It was a more humane like setting, instead of a prison–like setting which was common in the nineteenth century,” said Carl Schuelke, executive director at the Otter Tail County Historical Society. But it’s now…

WCCO Belting Unveils New Line of Products Using Soybean Oil

The TerraTech Project looks to use sustainable materials to create more efficient rubber for belting

  WAHPETON, N.D. — On National Agriculture Day, WCCO Belting rolls out some new innovations using locally grown products. “Our rubber is man–made rubber and the materials that go into that are aromatic oil or petroleum oil. What we’ve been able to successfully do is to replace the aromatic oil with soybean oil and achieve equal or greater properties in our…

Cowboys Basketball Enjoying Community Support on State Tourney Run

Cowboys battle second-seeded Brooklyn Center on Wednesday.

BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. — The Breckenridge boys basketball team is one day closer to the state tournament. The Cowboys left Breckenridge in front of a fan base on Tuesday afternoon as they headed toward the Twin Cities. This is Breckenridge’s third state tournament appearance in the last four years. The Cowboys will be searching for their first win at state since 1978….

Bethany Retirement Living Holds Annual ‘Soup of the Day’

The fundraiser raises money to help retirement home residents

FARGO, N.D. — Senior citizens got to have some hearty soup during Bethany Retirement Living’s annual “Soup of the Day” event. Soups and bread were donated by the auxiliary, staff and community. Offerings were taken at the door, and proceeds go towards equipment and materials to help those people living in the home. Organizers say they’ve raised over a thousand dollars…

Petition Approved to Create Ethics Commission

A group is trying to establish an ethics commission in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — A petition effort has been approved for a group trying to establish an ethics commission in North Dakota. The commission would adopt rules for corruption, elections and lobbying and for reporting alleged violations. Secretary of State Al Jaeger says the group must collect nearly 27,000 valid signatures by July 9. If they do, the constitutional initiated measure…

Cap On Damages In Fatal School Bus Crash Upheld

Crash In 2015 Killed Bus Driver And A Student near Larimore

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Supreme Court has upheld a $500,000 cap on damages in a fatal school bus crash near Larimore. The bus driver and a student died in the collision with a BNSF train in January 2015. Ten other students were hospitalized. Investigators determined the crash was the result of driver error. The parents of several students…

Grand Forks Man Sentenced For Role In Massive And Deadly Meth Conspiracy

Investigation Began After Murder of Austin Forsman

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Another man has been sentenced in a deadly and massive methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy operating in the Red River Valley. 39-year-old Ryan Franklin of Grand Forks was sentenced to 16 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute meth. According to testimony, Franklin was involved with Modesto Torrez and others to bring large quantities of the drug from…

Boy’s Death Could Lead To Harsher DWI Penalties In Minnesota

8-year-old Alan Geisenkoetter, Jr. Was Killed By A Drunk Snowmobiler

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The penalty for DWI offenses in Minnesota could become stricter after a boy was killed by a drunk snowmobiler. The House transportation committee approved a bill to allow for DWI convictions whether they’re on the road, trails or snow. The bill would limit someone with a DWI issued while operating a car from operating other vehicles….

College Hockey: Lucia Steps Down at Minnesota After 19 Years

Lucia steps down with 457 wins, the most in program history.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (University of Minnesota) — University of Minnesota Athletics Director Mark Coyle and Head Coach Don Lucia today announced that Lucia will step down as Minnesota’s head men’s hockey coach, pending the approval of the University’s Board of Regents later this week. Coyle and Lucia have agreed that he will remain with Gopher Athletics as special assistant to the athletics director…

Minneapolis Officer Charged In Death of Woman Turns Himself In

Damond was shot July 15, minutes after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — A Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman in July has been booked on charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Officer Mohamed Noor turned himself in on Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. Damond was shot July 15, minutes after she called 911 to…