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GRAND FORKS—Wintry weather and colder temperatures could move into the region before a warm-up and dry weather starting Sunday and possibly holding into the Thanksgiving weekend, according to the National Weather Service. However, a long-range forecast shows it could be a colder than normal and snowy winter. The snow and rain mix this week is expected to be isolated, weather service meteorologist Brittany Peterson said Thursday.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. -- Allegations of excessive force after a traffic stop in Worthington are the center of a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota. In a news release, the ACLU-MN said it represents Anthony Promvongsa, a Worthington resident stopped in July 2016, in a case filed against Worthington, its police department and the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force.
WILLMAR, Minn. – A 73-year-old Willmar man died Tuesday, Nov. 14, after suffering a medical issue while driving and being involved in a two-vehicle crash at around 3:30 p.m on U.S. Highway 12 East in Willmar. The Willmar Police Department said it is unclear whether the man, identified as Leon Muller, died from the medical issue or from injuries received during the crash. Emergency responders to the scene began CPR on Muller and he was transported to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, where he was pronounced dead.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Highway Patrol is transitioning from white to black patrol vehicles over the course of the next 4 to 5 years. “Black vehicles will enhance the safety of the motoring public as well our officers, because they are easier to see during white-out conditions,” said NDHP Colonel Mike Gerhart. Forty new black vehicles are on order and will be integrated into the fleet beginning January 2018.
The National Weather Service is urging caution while driving due to dense fog, and slippery road conditions could make conditions even worse. A dense fog advisory is currently in effect for much of the Red River Valley and west central Minnesota and will remain in place until 10 a.m. The weather service says visibility may be less than a quarter mile in some places.
BISMARCK—North Dakota's state-owned bank said Monday, Nov. 13, that it would sell and transfer the federal portion of its student loan portfolio. The transfer to the North Texas Higher Education Authority will be complete in early 2018, the Bank of North Dakota said. The bank continues to own, offer and service its state-sponsored student loans. The bank said the sale allows it to eliminate numerous federal regulatory burdens and increase default prevention efforts.
MENAHGA, Minn. -- Two men have been found shot to death inside a residence in Menahga. The Menahga Police Department and Wadena County Sheriff's Office found the men after responding to a 911 call at 12:05 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13. Names of the victims have not been released. Authorities have not said what led up to the deaths, but do not believe there is any risk to the public, the sheriff’s office said. The Menahga Police Department, the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau Criminal Apprehension are investigating.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- A 38-year-old Shakopee, Minn., woman, formerly of Warwick, N.D., is facing a charge of being an accomplice to murder, a Class AA felony. Crystal Herman is in custody in the Stutsman County Correctional Center in Jamestown. According to court documents filed in Southeast District Court, Herman is charged with assisting her husband, Billy Herman, to kidnap Amanda Engst, 36, on or about Oct. 13, 2015.
RED LAKE, Minn. -- A third day of searches showed no sign of two Red Lake fishermen who went missing Monday after their boat capsized on Lower Red Lake in far northwest Minnesota. Searchers spent most of the day Wednesday looking for Deland Beaulieu, 29, and a 17-year-old boy, who were on the Red Lake Fisheries boat when it flipped. A post on the Red Lake Tribal Council’s Facebook page made late Wednesday afternoon said that the search had been called off for the day because of poor weather conditions. Beaulieu and the juvenile disappeared at about 3:43 p.m.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. -- The body of a 33-year-old Naytahwaush man was discovered Monday, Nov. 6, in Mahnomen County after he went looking for help Sunday when his truck became stuck on a wooded trail.