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Crookston Police Ask Public For Help In Locating Missing Woman

45-year-old Ellen Simmons of Crookston was reported missing on Saturday

CROOKSTON, Minn. — Police in Crookston are asking the public for help in locating a missing woman. 45-year-old Ellen Simmons of Crookston was reported missing on Saturday. She was last seen on Thursday at the Law Enforcement Center in Bagley. Simmons had said she was attempting to get a ride to Bemidji. She left home without her phone and medications….

Nearly 700 Drivers Cited During First Week of Minnesota’s Hands-Free Law

It's probably no surprise that Hennepin County tops the list with 286 citations

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Numbers are out from the first week of enforcement of Minnesota’s new hands-free law. Deputies and troopers cited nearly 700 drivers statewide for violating the law which makes it illegal to hold your phone in your hand while driving in Minnesota. It’s probably no surprise that Hennepin County tops the list with 286 citations. The most…

Fargo Park Board Releases More Information On Departure of Executive Director

The information was released after it was determined the park board violated North Dakota's open meeting laws

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo Park Board has released minutes of a special meeting last month involving the departure of former park district executive director Joel Vettel. The information was released after it was determined the park board violated North Dakota’s open meeting laws. The board failed to give adequate and detailed notice about the special meeting. The amended minutes indicate…

Rape Charge Filed Against Semi Driver Stopped On I-94 Near Moorhead

34-year-old Kenneth Zehnder has been charged in Stearns County District Court

STEARNS CO., Minn. — A semi driver from Lexington, Michigan who was pulled over on I-94 east of Moorhead Monday morning has been charged with raping a 15-year-old girl. 34-year-old Kenneth Zehnder has been charged in Stearns County District Court. The girl, who said she’d been with Zehnder for about a week, told investigators that he most recently assaulted her…

Convict Says Life Sentence Discriminates Against Young

The 42-year-old Helmenstein was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole for a deadly liquor store robbery.

BISMARCK, N.D.–A man who was convicted of murder 20 years ago is arguing that a life sentence discriminates against younger people. Shawn Helmenstein is seeking to clarify his parole eligibility date. The 42-year-old Helmenstein was sentenced in 2000 to life in prison with the possibility of parole for a deadly liquor store robbery. The Bismarck Tribune reports that South Central…

LIVE: River Keepers River Paddling Excursion, Aviary Expedition

We're off in search of a long-awaited adventure.

It seems like a long wait every year to get to our beloved summertime here in the Red River Valley region, and this year Mother Nature kept us waiting a bit longer. The wet weather kept the Red’s water levels higher than usual for a long time this summer. So time and time again, River Keepers needed to push back…

Vitalant to Host Blood Drive in Support of Grantley Johnson

Donors will be able to sign a "get well soon" cape for Grantley, who is a huge fan of super heroes.

Fargo, N.D.–Vitalant will be hosting a “Not All Heroes Wear Capes” blood drive in support of Grantley Johnson on August 26, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Grantley Johnson is currently battling Leukemia and spent his 7th birthday in the hospital because of it. Donors will be able to sign a “get well soon” cape for Grantley, who is a…

City of Fargo Implements New “Delayed Call” Shoplifting Policy

The policy is directed toward retail stores who have store security officers and use multiple cameras.

Fargo, N.D.–The City of Fargo has adopted a new policy intended to strengthen criminal prosecution of those who shoplift from retail stores in Fargo. The policy states that retail stores filing shoplifting reports must include the name of a witness or witnesses who can identify the suspect in a court of law and must provide any video evidence in a…

Two Arrested in Becker County for Fleeing Authorities in Stolen Vehicle

Authorities found stolen items in the vehicle, including stolen guns.

Becker County, MN–Two people were arrested in Becker County after fleeing authorities in a stolen vehicle on August 20. A United States Fish and Wildlife Service warden made brief contact with a vehicle and two occupants in the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. After leaving the vehicle, the warden discovered the license plate was not on file. The warden attempted to…

For the first time ever a North Dakota team is represented in the American Legion World Series

Rain has delayed the game until Wednesday morning

FARGO, N.D. — Fans and friends of the team packed Herd & Horns to help cheer the team on. Fargo quickly got on the board with two runs in the first inning before rain delayed the game. The increased exposure the Fargo Post 2 baseball team has received makes one coach excited for the future. “I mean it puts our…