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ST. PAUL -- A man considered a person of interest in the 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling has filed a federal lawsuit against the county sheriff who investigated the case. Dan Rassier filed the suit Wednesday assigned to Judge Donovan W. Frank, according to court documents.
GRAND FORKS -- University of North Dakota senior captain Connor O'Brien has decided to retire from football due to injuries, Fighting Hawks coach Bubba Schweigert said Wednesday morning, March 29. O'Brien had started 18 straight games at inside linebacker and was third on the team in tackles in 2016 with 67. The Lemont, Ill., native also had 6.0 tackles for loss and an interception in 2016.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — An International Falls teenager missing from Bemidji for more than a month has been found safe, according to a news release from the Bemidji Police Department. According to the release, 13-year-old Gary Tilander was located in Lidgerwood, N.D., after the International Falls Police Department received a tip from a "concerned citizen." The tip was then passed to the Bemidji Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Tilander was located at a Lingerwood residence.
GRAND FORKS -- The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences could pull the biggest part of its 10 percent budget cut — a sum of about $4.9 million — from its clinical departments. A UND news release sketched an outline of the school's portion of the campuswide budget reduction of about $32 million, a biennial cut from the 2017-19 budgeting period expected to flow from steep decreases in state appropriations.
PIERRE, S.D.—A proposed measure to make marijuana legal in South Dakota could be unconstitutional, said the state's attorney general. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley issued a statement Tuesday saying the initiated measure to make possession of one ounce of marijuana legal within the state "has numerous conflicts with other State laws." Jackley said the scope and effect of the law is unclear, and clarification will likely be needed.
GRAND FORKS -- The University of North Dakota football program has landed another NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision team matchup, this time against Utah State in a 2021 game. Utah State will host UND, a Football Championship Subdivision team, at Maverik Stadium in Logan on Sept. 11, according to FBSchedules.com. The online report, gathered through an open records request at Utah State, says UND will net $400,000 for the game. Utah State competes in the Mountain West Conference. The Aggies were 3-9 overall and 1-7 in the Mountain West a year ago.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Senate lawmakers defeated a bill Tuesday, March 28, introduced in response to Dakota Access Pipeline protests, with one legislator saying it would have a "potentially chilling effect" on free speech. Lawmakers voted 1-44 on House Bill 1193, which was prompted by instances of protesters who attached themselves to equipment to stop construction of the pipeline. The bill would have made it a Class C felony to cause economic harm of more than $1,000 while committing a misdemeanor offense.
A toddler reported missing early Tuesday has been found safe after his father and another man allegedly abducted him and stabbed the boy's mother. In a message on its Twitter page, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said 2-year-old Harlen Hulbert is safe after he was abducted at 6:55 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, from a home in south Minneapolis.
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- A Grand Forks native who once held the world record for shooting the most consecutive free throws has died. Dr. Tom Amberry, a retired podiatrist, died March 18 in Long Beach, according to media reports. He was 94 years old. Born Nov. 13, 1922, in Grand Forks, he was 6 feet 7 inches tall when he attended Grand Forks Central High School, according to Forum News Service archives. The left-handed shooter attended the University of North Dakota and played center for the basketball team.