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West Fargo officer who died on duty is identified

WEST FARGO (AP) — West Fargo police have identified the officer who died after suffering a medical emergency while on duty. Forty-year-old Lt. Adam Gustafson died Tuesday afternoon after experiencing a undisclosed medical emergency at the police station, officials said Wednesday in a ...

Six years in prison for man accused of killing pedestrian

FARGO (AP) — A Michigan man charged with causing the death of a pedestrian in Fargo will spend six years in prison after pleading guilty to vehicular manslaughter and failing to report a fatal accident. Twenty-nine-year-old David Torgenson was also given two years of probation Tuesday for ...

North Dakota panel picks study topics ahead of next session

BISMARCK (AP) — A panel of North Dakota lawmakers on Wednesday chose study topics that are likely to inspire legislation for the 2023 session. The Republican-led Legislative Management committee, a 17-member panel of lawmakers that oversees business between sessions, chose 50 studies, ...

Driver accused of assaulting troopers before escaping

THOMPSON, N.D. (AP) — A Minnesota man is accused of kicking two North Dakota state troopers, biting one of them and breaking a squad car window to escape. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, a trooper tried pulling the man over for speeding on Interstate 29 between Grand Forks and ...

Man who killed himself in courtroom faced minimum of 7 years

FARGO (AP) — A man who killed himself inside a federal courthouse in North Dakota after he was convicted for brandishing a weapon at a minor faced a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison and a maximum term of life, federal authorities said Tuesday. Jurors had just departed the ...

Inmate arrested after escape from Montana women’s prison

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A woman who escaped from the Montana Women’s Prison in Billings has been captured. Members of a U.S. Marshals Service violent offender task force arrested Lisa Anne Nester, 50, after she was found near the Yellowstone County sheriff's office in Billings on Saturday. ...

ND officials: COVID masks not needed for those vaccinated

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Health on Monday issued new guidance on wearing coronavirus masks. State health officer Nizar Wehbi says the department is aligning with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance that fully vaccinated individuals can resume ...

Women charged with aggravated assault in Fargo stabbings

FARGO (AP) — A woman accused of stabbing three people in downtown Fargo is facing three felony counts. Ashley Larson, 30, is charged in East Central District Court with three counts of aggravated assault. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for June 16. Larson was arrested Thursday ...

Many Fargo residents happy to go mask-free under CDC advice

FARGO (AP) — Downtown Fargo was surprisingly busy over the weekend, due in part to an outdoor fundraiser and an indoor spring fling. Masks were in relative short supply in North Dakota's largest city. Andrew Kodet, 20, a North Dakota State University student, and his girlfriend, Kenzie ...

Review of leases requested after report of unused building

BISMARCK (AP) — A North Dakota state lawmaker said Friday that a news report about expensive but unused office space underscores the need for a review of all state leases to protect taxpayers. The Associated Press reported Thursday that taxpayers are on the hook for nearly $3 million in rent ...