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Drew Wrigley Appointed To Fill Attorney General Stenehjem’s Term

Drew WrigleyBISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) — Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed former U.S. attorney and lieutenant governor Drew Wrigley to serve out the remainder of Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s term. Wrigley will take the oath of office at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Capitol. He announced last month that he would be seeking the Republican nomination for Attorney General after Stenehjem…

Drew Wrigley Announces Bid For ND Attorney General

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) — The former U.S. Attorney for North Dakota jumps back into politics. Drew Wrigley is seeking the Republican nomination for North Dakota Attorney General. “I’ve established a proven record of Conservative, accountable, law-and-order leadership. And that’s a record on which I stand today as I announce my candidacy for North Dakota Attorney General.” His announcement comes two…

Feds recommend no prison, no loss of hunting privileges for man who smuggled bear from Canada

FARGO (KVRR) – Federal prosecutors are recommending that a Wisconsin man who smuggled a black bear carcass from Canada to North Dakota avoid prison time and also retain his hunting privileges. Joseph Stolarczyk, of Mosinee, Wis. brought the bear across the Pembina Port of Entry after he exceeded the Manitoba bag limit by killing two bears in the same year….

Three men accused of financial crimes while employed at North Dakota banks

FARGO (KVRR) – A federal grand jury has indicted three Beulah, N.D. men for engaging in financial crimes while employed at North Dakota banks in Beulah and Glen Ullin. Acting U.S. Attorney Nick Chase says 34 year-old Brady Daniel Torgerson is charged with bank fraud, misapplication of bank funds, making false entries in bank records, and aggravated identity theft. Sixty-year-old…

Substitute teacher pleads guilty to sextortion charges

Mitchell OttingerST. PAUL, Minn. (KVRR) – Federal prosecutors say a Carver County man has pleaded guilty to charges related to a years-long sextortion scheme. Twenty-five-year-old Mitchell Ottinger, a former substitute teacher and paraprofessional, engaged in a scheme to obtain sexually explicit images and videos of minors and adults by using false online personas.  Ottinger threatened to distribute the images and…

Feds file new sex crimes charges against Moorhead man

James VanRadenFARGO (KVRR) – A Moorhead man who had been facing sex crime-related charges in Fargo is now facing federal charges. Forty-six-year-old James Van Raden is charged in U.S. District Court with coercion and enticement. Federal court documents say in December, 2019, Van Raden responded to an ad from an undercover West Fargo police detective who acted as a father…

Top North Dakota Democrats ask Biden to nominate Schneider

Rep. Josh Boschee, Sen. Joan Heckaman, Mac SchneiderFARGO (KVRR) – North Dakota’s highest ranking Democrats have formally requested President Biden to nominate Fargo attorney Mac Schneider as the state’s next chief federal prosecutor. State House Minority Leader Josh Boschee of Fargo and Senate Minority Leader Joan Heckaman of New Rockford co-signed a letter telling Biden that Schneider is “greatly respected…