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ST. PAUL -- Bob Kurtz, the radio voice of the Minnesota Wild, will miss three games as the veteran broadcaster undergoes a procedure for an irregular heartbeat, the team’s public relations department said on its Twitter account Sunday night, Oct. 14. Kevin Falness will join color commentator Tom Reid for Monday night’s game in Nashville. The Wild said Kurtz is expected to return for Saturday’s game against Tampa Bay in St. Paul.
FARGO — A Norwegian reality show is once again looking for Norwegian-Americans for the experience of a lifetime. Casting is now open for the 10th season of “Alt for Norge” (“The Great Norway Adventure”), in which contestants travel to Norway to chase down their ancestral roots, experience a little culture shock and try to win $50,000.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum invited the public to tour part of the new governor's residence on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The residence is located on the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds in Bismarck. Staff will provide tours of its formal space on the east side of the building facing the Capitol mall, along with the informal "multipurpose room" and kitchen on the west side of the structure. Tours will run from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. They'll begin every 15 minutes and last about 15 minutes, the governor's office said in a news release.
TOWNER, N.D. — A Minnesota man accused of injuring a rural North Dakota priest during an assault in January is scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing in McHenry County District Court next month. Chad Legare, Alexandria, Minn., was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and burglary after the Jan. 30 attack. He's now scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing on Nov. 13. The victim, identified in court papers as "John Doe," was beaten and strangled during the assault but survived, court papers say.
NEW SALEM, N.D. -- Authorities have released the names of the two drivers involved in a fatal crash Thursday, Oct. 11, west of Bismarck. Karl Freadhoff Jr., 79, of New Salem was killed in the crash. His slowing vehicle was hit from behind by a Ford Escape, driven by John Soward, 37, of Hazen, on Interstate 94 about 10 miles east of New Salem just before 6:30 a.m. Freadhoff’s vehicle then entered a ditch and rolled, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. Any charges against Soward remain under investigation.
October rains had stalled many farmers trying to get their crops off the field, and this week's early snowstorm has pushed the finish line back even further. Still, sugar beet and soybean farmer Scott Johnson is optimistic about the harvest. "We're just hoping for some sunshine and warm weather," said Johnson, who has crops near Manvel, N.D., just north of Grand Forks. Snow blanketed much of North Dakota on Wednesday.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Securities Commissioner Karen Tyler has issued cease and desist orders against three companies promoting unregistered and potentially fraudulent securities in North Dakota in the form of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). The orders are a result of investigations being conducted by the department's ICO Task Force, convened by the commissioner to identify ICOs and cryptocurrency related investments that pose a risk to North Dakota investors.
JAMESTOWN, N.D -- The Jamestown Police Department is continuing efforts to apprehend a man it believes to be armed and potentially dangerous and who rammed a police car with his vehicle before later fleeing on foot, according to Lt. Robert Opp. As of Thursday afternoon, Oct. 11, he was still on the run after the Wednesday night incident. “We’ve checked several residences, but haven’t found him yet,” Opp said.
NEW SALEM, N.D. -- A 79-year-old New Salem man died in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 on Thursday, Oct. 11, about 20 miles west of Bismarck, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The man, driving a 1997 Toyota Tacoma, was traveling eastbound when he applied his brakes and started to slow shortly before 6:30 a.m. for an unknown reason, the patrol said.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — An experienced sports writer and former editor has been selected to help lead Forum Communications Co.’s efforts to coordinate and expand its sports reporting efforts. Mick Hatten begins Nov. 6 as a sports editor tasked with leading its emphasis on high school and college hockey, expanding its network of freelance writers for sports tournament coverage and expanding offerings to audiences across Minnesota and North Dakota.