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Olivia Newton-John dies at 73

NEW YORK (AP) — Olivia Newton-John, the Grammy-winning superstar who reigned on pop, country, adult contemporary and dance charts with such hits as “Physical” and “You’re the One That I Want” and won countless hearts as everyone’s favorite Sandy in the blockbuster film version of “Grease,” has died. She was 73. Newton-John, a longtime resident of Australia whose sales topped…

Former state lawmaker, Cass County commissioner dies at 86

Alon WielandWEST FARGO, N.D. (KVRR/KFGO) Longtime Cass County Commissioner and former state legislator Alon Wieland passed away at the age of 86 on Saturday at Sheyenne Crossings in West Fargo. Wieland, a Republican, was a member of the state house representing District 13 in West Fargo from 2002 to 2014 and a county commissioner from 1983 to 2003. Visitation will…

Longtime North Dakota lawmaker George Keiser dies

BISMARCK, N.D. – Bismarck Rep. George Keiser, a longtime Republican North Dakota lawmaker who announced last week he would not seek another term in the Legislature, has died.  He was 75. In 2019, Keiser disclosed his diagnosis of Lou Gehrig’s disease, the common name for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. Gov. Doug Burgum said in a statement that Keiser served…

Jean Rounds, wife of Sen. Mike Rounds, dies from cancer

Sen. Mike Rounds, Jean RoundsSIOUX FALLS, S.D.  – Jean Rounds, the wife of Republican Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota, has died in hospice care. She was 65. Jean Rounds had been undergoing treatment for cancer since May of 2019. Doctors initially found a malignant, aggressive tumor near her sciatic nerve and she underwent multiple rounds of chemotherapy and surgery….

Mondale family plans memorials in Minnesota, DC

Walter MondaleMINNEAPOLIS – Public memorial services for former Vice President Walter Mondale are planned for September in Minnesota and in Washington, D.C. Mondale’s family says details will be shared in the coming months. Mondale died April 19 in Minneapolis. Mondale was vice president under Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981, then lost one of the most lopsided presidential races to…