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WEST FARGO — A northeast Minnesota woman has been arrested after a traffic stop led to the discovery of more than 280 pounds of marijuana, according to the West Fargo Police Department. On Tuesday morning, Nov. 21, West Fargo police, in a joint effort with the North Dakota Highway Patrol and Stutsman County Sheriff's Office, made a traffic stop on Interstate 94 in West Fargo near the 45th Street exit.
BISMARCK — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the state of North Dakota almost $15 million for water infrastructure projects, the agency said Tuesday, Nov. 21. The projects are also funded with a state match, repayments from prior loans and interest earnings. Among the projects targeted for the loans are the Grand Forks water treatment plant, the replacement of sewer lines and construction of stormwater control projects in Larimore and Jamestown's efforts to improve a wastewater treatment plant.
BISMARCK — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp unveiled a bill Tuesday, Nov. 21, to provide financing to ensure 2,000 North Dakotans who have paid into the Central States Pension Plan can keep their retirement savings. Heitkamp, D-N.D., announced the bill that she helped write at the Bismarck Teamsters Union hall. Her office noted the government-sponsored insurance company for multiemployer pensions, the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corp., is projected to become insolvent by 2025.
GRAND FORKS — Former Grand Forks school teacher James Whalen, who was sentenced to serve two years in prison for having sex with one of his students, has been approved for parole starting next fall. Whalen pleaded guilty in January in Grand Forks District Court to two counts of corruption of a minor and one count of sexual assault, all Class C felonies stemming from a sexual relationship he began with a 16-year-old. Whalen was accused of having sex with the student on multiple occasions, including at Grand Forks Central High, where he taught.
ST. PAUL — A federal judge sentenced sentenced a Minnesota man to more than 10 years in prison Monday, Nov. 20, for defrauding investors in a housing project in the Bakken oil patch. Ronald David Johnson, 51, was sentenced to 126 months — 10½ years — in prison for the scheme, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota. In June, a jury convicted the Corcoran, Minn., man on nine counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—North Dakota State's men's basketball team claimed its first win of the season by handing Missouri State its first loss with a 57-54 road win Friday night. NDSU, now 1-2, was led by A.J. Jacobson who scored 14 points, making 3 of 5 3-point field goals. Paul Miller added 13 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Tyson Ward added 11 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists. Deng Geu scored 11 points.
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.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the life sentence without parole given to Barry Garcia, the man convicted of murdering a West Fargo woman when he was 16 years old. Approximately 21 years ago, Garcia was sentenced to life without parole for shooting and killing Cherryl Tendeland as she sat in a parked car Earlier this year, a Cass County District Court judge summarily dismissed Garcia's application for post-conviction relief.
BOWBELLS, N.D. -- Melissa Etheridge, a Grammy Award-winning musician, pleaded guilty to possessing marijuana when crossing the U.S.-Canada border at Portal, N.D. Online court records show Judge Todd Cresap imposed $1,000 in fees, ordered a chemical dependency evaluation and sentenced Etheridge to six months of unsupervised probation during a Burke County District Court hearing Tuesday, Nov. 14.
LOS ANGELES—The University of Southern California, the 10th-ranked team in college men's basketball, needed a 13-5 run in the final four minutes to hold off North Dakota State Monday night, Nov. 13, for a 75-65 win. NDSU, coming off an 85-66 loss Sunday at UC-Santa Barbara, trailed 62-60 with less than four minutes remaining before USC produced its game-winning run. Jordan McLaughlin had a tip-in and a jumper that gave USC a 66-60 lead. Chimezie Metu's layup made it 68-60. Bennie Boatwright's dunk made it 70-60 with 2:07 remaining.