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GRAND FORKS—Grand Forks Police arrested a man Wednesday night, March 14, after they discovered a homemade bomb in a home while investigating a shooting report. According to a police news release, officers were called about 7 p.m. to Sam's Club for a report of shots fired. Grand Forks Lt. Derik Zimmel said group of men in two vehicles had agreed to meet in the parking lot for an as-yet undisclosed reason.
ROSEAU, Minn. -- Minnesota Lottery officials said Thursday someone bought the winning $22.8 million ticket drawn Wednesday at a Holiday Station store in Roseau. General Manager Angie Brodshaug of Store No. 193 said the winner hadn’t claimed the ticket yet Thursday, but the phones have been ringing off the hook since the news first came out.
GRAND FORKS - A woman was hospitalized March 15 after a small passenger vehicle collided with a semi trailer in Grand Forks, police said. The collision occurred at 55 St. N. and Gateway Drive just before 5 a.m. Police said the vehicle was traveling northbound approaching Gateway Drive when it collided with an oncoming semi tractor trailer that was traveling eastbound. The female driver of the car was ejected onto the roadway and has been hospitalized. The collision is under investigation. Check back later for more on this story.
FARGO—The Fargo Toys 'R' Us store is expected to close as part of a nationwide shutdown of the brand. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, March 14, that the company told its employees on Wednesday that the struggling big-box retailer will sell or close all of its U.S. stores. The decision threatens up to 33,000 American jobs, according to the WSJ report.
BISMARCK — Two unlicensed Cass County contractors have been banned from doing business in North Dakota after it was determined in Cass County District Court that they had violated consumer fraud and licensing laws, the North Dakota Attorney General's Office announced Wednesday, March 14. Collin Strehlow, doing business as NailedIt Home Improvements, took advance payments from homeowners in Cass County for home improvement projects, including deck repair and garage construction, and then did not deliver the materials or complete the work, the attorney general's office said.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger approved the format for a petition to gather signatures to boost the state's minimum wage, his office said Wednesday, March 14. Petition backers must obtain at least 13,452 valid signatures by the end of the day July 9 to have the measure on the November ballot. The measure would increase North Dakota's minimum wage to $9.83 per hour by 2019 before climbing to $15 per hour in 2021. North Dakota's current minimum wage reflects the federal standard of $7.25 per hour.
BISMARCK — A Minot, N.D., woman has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after being convicted of charges related to taking videos of herself sexually exploiting a child under a year old and selling them, U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers announced Tuesday, March 13. Chief U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland sentenced Ashley Marie Moore, 29, on Monday, March 12, on charges of sexual exploitation of a child and distribution of images depicting the sexual exploitation of children, Myers said in a news release.
BISMARCK - An Arkansas man who's been wanted on sex trafficking charges for about a year is now behind bars after police found him in Bismarck. Twenty-six-year-old Cory Oxford is facing charges of rape and transportation of minors for prohibited sexual conduct. Authorites in Franklin County, Arkansas put out a warrant for his arrest back in July of 2016.
BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all state agencies to fly U.S. and North Dakota flags at half-staff later this week in memory of former North Dakota Gov. George Sinner, who died Friday, March 9, at the age of 89. Burgum on Monday, March 12, announced that flags are to be flown at half-staff on Friday, March 16, as a sign of respect for Sinner, who served as governor from 1985 to 1992.