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MILWAUKEE — Adam Thielen has never had a bobblehead made in his likeness. So two bobbleheads for the Minnesota Vikings wide receiver is worth a head nod or two. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled two officially licensed bobbleheads of the Detroit Lakes, Minn., native. One is in his Minnesota State, Mankato college uniform and the other as a Viking.
LIDGERWOOD, N.D. -- A Hankinson motorcyclist was killed after he was thrown from his bike on Highway 11 late Thursday, May 24, in the southeast corner of the state. The man was traveling westbound about 11:30 p.m. and failed to negotiate a right-hand curve on a 2013 Victory, continued into a ditch and rolled over an approach, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The driver was not wearing a helmet and died at the scene. The man’s name has not yet been released. The crash remains under investigation.
Grand Forks Police are investigating the death of a 5-month-old infant. Brynley Rymer died Tuesday at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo of undisclosed injuries, according to a news release. An unnamed caregiver initially brought the child, who lived in Grand Forks, to Altru Hospital's emergency room on Monday, the release said. She was then airlifted to Sanford before succumbing to her injuries.
BISMARCK — Backers of a proposed North Dakota constitutional amendment seeking to prevent noncitizens from voting may start gathering signatures, Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Thursday, May 24. Jaeger has approved the format of a petition to obtain signatures to place the proposal on the November ballot, his office said in a news release. But supporters, led by legislative candidate and former state GOP Chairman Gary Emineth, have a little more than six weeks to gather 26,904 signatures.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Summit League will continue its westward expansion and move its conference offices to Sioux Falls later this year, league commissioner Tom Douple said Wednesday. The league will move from Elmhurst, Ill., in suburban Chicago to Sioux Falls officially on Aug. 1 and into a permanent headquarters at the Sanford Sports Complex in the northwest portion of the city. The conference said the move will give the league a more centralized location within its current footprint.
CHICAGO — Depression is a growing condition throughout the United States, but according to a massive new study, Minnesotans and North Dakotans struggle more than most. The study from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association shows the two states have a depression problem. The condition can be crippling, even life-threatening.
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND — A North Dakota native and her husband have died in a fishing accident while on vacation in Iceland. Janet Veit grew up in Richland County and was a graduate of Wyndmere (N.D.) High School. She and her husband, Brian Schumacher, were living in La Crescent, Minn., where she worked nearby in LaCrosse, Wis., as a veterinarian.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries biologists investigated winterkills at 13 lakes this spring, and some were considered significant enough to affect the quality of fishing.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- Former Jamestown mayor and city councilman Charlie Kourajian, 87, died Saturday, May 19, in Fargo. Kourajian was first elected to the Jamestown City Council in 1974. He was elected mayor in 1996 and served until losing re-election in 2006. He was elected again to the city council in 2008 and 2012. Kourajian retired in June 2016 after 40 years on the city council. “I can honestly say I don’t think there was anyone who loved Jamestown more than Charlie Kourajian,” said Jamestown Mayor Katie Andersen.
FARGO -- The former site of North Dakota’s first abortion clinic is about to become an empty space. An excavation equipment operator began tearing down the two story, 110-year-old house just off Main Avenue here on Saturday, May 19. The new owners, who have a building next to it, will turn the site into a parking lot. The building at 11 14th St. S. was home to the Fargo Women's Health Organization from 1981 to 2001.