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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Concludes With Slight Increase In Attendance

Two motorcyclists died during the event

STURGIS, S.D. — Western South Dakota’s famed motorcycle rally in Sturgis is likely seeing a small uptick in attendance this year. This year’s 10-day motorcycle rally just wrapped up. Figures released by the South Dakota Department of Public Safety show a slight overall increase in vehicles entering Sturgis through midweek. Drunk driving, drug, traffic and other arrests point to increased…

WE Fest By The Numbers: DWI’s Up, Crashes Way Down

Minnesota State Patrol says despite the heavy traffic they did not respond to or investigate any crashes

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Arrests during the annual WE Fest near Detroit Lakes are common, but no crashes are unusual. Minnesota State Patrol says despite the heavy traffic they did not respond to or investigate any crashes. Troopers did stop more than 1,400 vehicles and made 24 DWI arrests. That is up sharply from 11 arrests during last summer’s festival….

Nearly 500 People Arrested For Drunk Driving During Long Holiday Weekend in Minnesota

There were four fatalities on Minnesota roads, three of which were alcohol-related

ST. PAUL, MN — A 37-year-old driver blew a point three-four blood alcohol content after a homeowner reported the driver was in their driveway and flashing the headlights on and off in Deer River, Minnesota. Officers also found an open bottle and a mixed drink in that driver’s vehicle. It was just one of 480 DWI arrests over the 5-day Thanksgiving…

Arrests Made In “Significant” Drug Operation In Moorhead

Police say the Longoria family has been under investigation by law enforcement for the past five years

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Three people have been arrested in Moorhead in a “significant” drug operation that’s been linked to at least one overdose death in Fargo. According to court documents, a confidential informant led to the arrests of 64-year-old Ramiro Longoria, his daughter, 34-year-old Carrie Ann Longoria, and 33-year-old Joel Lumbreras. Investigators seized 26 bags of black tar, 19 bags of…

No More Stings To Make Low-Level Marijuana Arrests In Minneapolis

46 of 47 people arrested in sting operations from January 24 to May 24 were black

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Police in Minneapolis will stop stings to arrest people on low-level marijuana charges. The police chief announced the new policy at the direction of Mayor Jacob Frey. It follows a report by the Hennepin County public defender’s office that 46 of 47 people arrested in sting operations from January 24 to May 24 were black. Almost all…

North Dakota Could Sue Federal Government Over Protest Costs

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he plans to file a claim

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota could go after the federal government to recoup costs from policing the Dakota Access oil pipeline protests. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he plans to file a claim with the Army Corps of Engineers and possibly other federal agencies. If it’s rejected, the state might sue. Protests in 2016 and 2017 brought thousands of pipeline…

Interstate 94 Fast Becoming Smuggling Pipeline For Marijuana And Other Drugs

North Dakota, Minnesota And Wisconsin

It appears that I-94 is becoming a major smuggling pipeline for marijuana and other drugs. Authorities think more people in North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin are buying marijuana where it’s legal and then bringing it back home to distribute. Minnesota troopers seized more than 2,600 pounds of marijuana last year, more than six times what was confiscated the year before….

Dozens Arrested In Super Bowl Sex Trafficking Sting

14 Women Were Rescued From Sex Trafficking Situations

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — A Super Bowl sex sting resulted in dozens of arrests in the Twin Cities. More than three dozen people are facing possible felony charges for attempting to solicit children for sex or for trafficking victims. 14 women were rescued from sex trafficking situations. 7 people were booked for sex trafficking and the promotion of prostitution. The sting…

Groups Block Light Rail Tracks Before Start of Super Bowl

Several protesters even locked themselves to the train platform

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Dozens of protesters formed a human barricade to block light rail tracks at a platform near U.S. Bank Stadium ahead of the Super Bowl. Many chained themselves to both the platform and others in an attempt to stop service for ticket holders. It was just one of several events across the metro area meant to bring awareness…

Minnesota Authorities Make More than 2,500 DWI Arrests During Holiday Season

Officers made 200 more DWI arrests than they did during the same period in 2016

  MINNESOTA — Extra enforcement on Minnesota’s highways and interstates resulted in 26-hundred DWI arrests during the holidays. The extra enforcement lasted from November 22 through December 31. Officers made 200 more DWI arrests than they did during the same period in 2016. Of the more unusual cases, Fairmount Police arrested a woman for DWI on Christmas Eve and again…