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MINOT, ND. -- A daylong incident and standoff where a 37-year-old Minot man “attacked” a police robot ended about 4 p.m. in the southwest part of the city after a struggle with police officers. Minot police said Blake Lund was taken into custody and faces numerous charges. The incident started about 7:15 a.m. when police received a report of a man in the middle of a street yelling.
FARGO — The recreational marijuana ballot measure in North Dakota went up in smoke on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with voters soundly rejecting the idea.
PIERRE, S.D. — Five central South Dakota women have been found guilty in a jury trial of conspiracy to retaliate against a witness. The federal jury convicted the five women in a four-day trial in Pierre that ended last Friday night, Nov. 2. They all face up to 10 years in prison.
LANGDON, N.D. -- Cavalier County officials said a 5-year-old boy was airlifted to Fargo Monday morning, Nov. 5, after he was hit by a car on his way to school. As of Monday afternoon, Chief Deputy Paul Podhradsky from the Cavalier County Sheriff's Department said the boy was still in Fargo. Podhrasky added there were no serious reported injuries at this time but the boy was flown to Fargo as a precaution.
BRADLEY, S.D. -- A 47-year-old pilot from Webster died in a crash just about 20 miles south of his northeast South Dakota home on Friday, Nov. 2. Clark County Sheriff Robert McGraw said John Shoemaker died about noon when his Cessna 210 hit an embankment on an elevated township road about 3 miles northwest of the small town of Bradley. Bradley is about 22 miles south of Webster and 33 miles northwest of Watertown.
BISMARCK -- A man previously convicted of crimes related to sex trafficking in North Dakota was arrested again in Bismarck this week and charged with conspiracy to deliver heroin. Levell Lee Durr, 36, of Milwaukee, is accused in Burleigh County District Court of bringing an ounce of heroin to sell in North Dakota and directing a woman to conceal the drugs in a condom inside her underwear, court records say.
FARGO — As the final days count down to one of most controversial ballot measures in North Dakota history, there is still a lot of misinformation — but also some accurate information — floating around the state on the recreational marijuana measure. Polls have shown varying degrees of support for the measure with the latest from the pro-marijuana group Legalize ND showing 51 percent in favor, with 36 percent opposed. An earlier poll by a television station showed only about one-third of likely North Dakota voters in support.
GRAND FORKS -- A Grand Forks man is facing felony charges for allegedly spitting on a nurse. Justin Arthur Boushee, 30, could face up to five years in prison if convicted. Court documents allege he went to the emergency room at Altru Health System just before 11 a.m. Monday for chest pain and admitted to previously smoking methamphetamine. Boushee allegedly got mad when staff tried to take his vitals and told them, “I’m bleeding internally,” according to court documents.
FARGO -- David Crosby of the iconic rock band Crosby, Stills & Nash has recorded a radio advertisement running statewide this week as the campaign on recreational marijuana comes down to its final days. Meanwhile a group opposed to the ballot measure has launched a new round of billboards to try to convince voters to reject Measure 3. Crosby’s ads will debut Thursday, Nov. 1, and run through Election Day, Nov. 6, in the Bismarck, Grand Forks and Minot media markets.
GRAND FORKS -- The Spirit Lake, Standing Rock and Turtle Mountain tribes in North Dakota have joined numerous counties and cities across the country in suing pharmaceutical companies that distribute opioids. Law firm Robins Kaplan is representing 19 tribal nations from seven states in this effort, including Spirit Lake, Standing Rock and Turtle Mountain. Former U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Tim Purdon, now a partner with Robins Kaplan, is representing the tribes in North Dakota.