drugs

Gov. Burgum, First Lady Host “Recovery Reinvented” Conference

The conference drew people from a wide variety of fields

FARGO, N.D. — Gov. Doug Burgum and his wife, First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, hosted a conference that brought together people from a variety of fields. They are all working on one common goal: recovery for addicts. One volunteer, Theresa Rassel, has been in recovery for alcoholism for 10 years. She says she knew she had to make a change when…

Traffic Stop Leads To Drugs And Lands One Woman Behind Bars

Penny Kantrud was stopped and arrested on Highway 59 north of the Grant-Otter Tail County line

OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn. — A Fergus Falls woman is facing felony drug charges. 37-year-old Penny Kantrud was stopped and arrested on Highway 59 north of the Grant-Otter Tail County line. A K9 alerted the officer to the presence of drugs. A pound of meth, a half-pound of marijuana and a large amount of cash were found. The state patrol,…

Fargo Man Arrested After Marijuana Is Found During Traffic Stop In Moorhead

Police arrested 22-year-old Luke Fischer

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Several containers of marijuana were seized during a traffic stop Tuesday night in Moorhead. Police arrested 22-year-old Luke Fischer of Fargo. An officer who noticed a strong marijuana odor in the vehicle found about eight pounds of pot in heat-sealed plastic bags. Court documents say the packages were stashed inside a duffle bag, back pack and Tupperware…

Andrew Sadek Wrongful Death Lawsuit Gets Trial Date

The NDSCS student was found dead while working as an undercover drug informant

RICHLAND COUNTY, N.D. — A wrongful death lawsuit is set to go to trial in July in Jamestown. Tammy and John Sadek in June 2016 sued the Richland County sheriff’s department, a deputy and the county over the 2014 death of their 20-year-old son Andrew. The NDSCS student was found dead while working as an undercover drug informant. In 2014,…

Fargo Cass Public Health Hosts Third Drug “Take Back” of the Summer

The program started in 2009

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota is one of the only states in the country to have permanent take back drug locations. Every once in awhile though some places around the community will have a temporary location, including Fargo Cass Public Health. This is the third take back they’ve hosted this summer, already collecting 120 pounds of over the counter and prescription…

Pelican Motel Owner Accused of Trading Drugs For Stolen Guns

Wade Noack is accused of trading heroin and morphine for two guns

OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn. — The owner of the Pelican Motel is accused of receiving stolen property and drug possession. 60-year-old Wade Noack is accused of trading heroin and morphine for two guns taken during a vehicle theft. The recipient of the drugs, Shawn Mosca, later overdosed on the heroin. A search warrant at the Pelican Motel turned up the…

Fargo Cass Public Health Introduces New Harm Reduction Center

The main goal of the HRC is to help individuals and the community stay as healthy as possible by reducing disease and other health issues among people who inject drugs

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo Cass Public Health is introducing the new Harm Reduction Center at 510 5th Street North. The HRC has been newly formed under the harm reduction division which consists of several programs. Veteran’s Drop-in Center, Withdrawal Management Unit, and the Good Neighbor Project Harm Reduction Center are just a few. The main goal of the HRC is…

Public Disposes of Medications Safely on “Take Back Tuesday”

Medicines will be incinerated after being collected

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo Cass Public Health had a place for people to dump their over-the-counter and prescription medications as part of “Take Back Tuesday.” Not only is it a way to make sure your medicine doesn’t end up in the wrong hands, but it’s also better for the environment. “First, it’s good for the environment. We don’t want them…

Dakota Medical Foundation Hosts Forum on Preventing Youth Addiction

The younger kids receive education or intervention, the better

FARGO, N.D. — The Dakota Medical Foundation teamed up with LevelUp Fargo to put on a summit on preventing addiction among young people. They say the main points to focus on are prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery, and that addiction needs to be treated like any other medical condition. “We remove the stigma that addiction is a disease, not a moral…

Wisconsin Man Tied To Moorhead Overdose Death Found Guilty

Jovan Harris of Milwaukee was convicted of six counts of possessing and distributing drugs

FARGO, N.D. — A federal jury in Fargo has found a Wisconsin man guilty of several drug crimes tied to numerous overdoses. 28-year-old Jovan Harris of Milwaukee was convicted of six counts of possessing and distributing drugs. The trial lasted six days. Harris was linked to heroin that caused one overdose death in Moorhead and two nonfatal overdoses in Fargo…