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FARGO — Fargo is one of the fastest-growing midsize cities in the country, according to a new analysis. A report released earlier this week by finance website WalletHub said Fargo is the ninth fastest-growing midsize city based on a study that compared 515 cities on 14 different factors, including population growth rate, college-educated population growth and unemployment rate decreases. Fargo ranked 13th overall in the study, which looked at growth between 2009 and 2015.
DEVILS LAKE -- A South Dakota man could spend the rest of his life in prison after investigators said he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl four years ago in Devils Lake. Wade Alan Steele, 43, of Huron, S.D., was booked into the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center on Wednesday on two gross sexual imposition charges in Ramsey County District Court.
ENDERLIN — Officials said two juvenile males were involved in the accidental shooting of a teen Wednesday night, Oct. 5, in Ransom County. The Ransom County Sheriff's Department responded about 7 p.m. to reports of a shooting at a residence in Enderlin. Police believe the two juveniles were arguing over the use of someone's gun. One of the males reportedly attempted to take the gun away from the other when it accidentally fired. An official with the sheriff's office said the juvenile male was hit in the leg area when the small-caliber rifle fired.
NEW TOWN – The New Town Ambulance Service will be able to purchase new equipment thanks to an $80,000 donation from Slawson Exploration Co. The check presented this week will allow the ambulance service to purchase radio equipment, medication infusion pumps and CPR devices. New Town, in the heart of the Bakken, continues to see about a 10 percent increase each year in ambulance calls, said ambulance service manager Brandon Gosch.
GRAFTON, N.D. -- A Grafton woman who locked children in cages and forced one to eat dog food as punishment will change her plea. Jordan McKay Nelson, 24, filed a plea agreement Tuesday, Oct. 5, in Walsh County District Court for a Class B felony child abuse charge. She also faces seven Class C felonies -- three counts of child abuse and four counts of felonious restraint.
FARGO -- A man charged in Clay County District Court with killing a woman and setting a house on fire in Moorhead in June appeared in Cass County District Court on Wednesday, Oct.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Mall officials announced Wednesday, Oct.
NIAGARA -- The Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department is investigating a fatal farming accident near Niagara. Officers responded early Monday to a spot about 10 miles north of Niagara, where a 34-year-old man was found dead near the header of a combine in a field, Grand Forks Sheriff’s Lt. Gary Grove said Tuesday.
SANBORN -- A 12-year-old boy died of a gunshot wound at a Sanborn residence Sunday evening, Oct. 2, according to the Barnes County Sheriff’s Office. Barnes County Chief Deputy Don Fiebiger declined to offer many details of the incident, other than to say a gun was discharged around 10 p.m. at the residence of the boy’s grandfather. The boy’s identity is being withheld pending the results of an autopsy, Fiebiger said.
GRAND FORKS -- The Grand Forks Police Department will add four officers to its ranks with funding from the federal government after receiving a $500,000 grant Monday. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., announced $625,000 worth of funding in the form of two Department of Justice grants to hire additional officers in North Dakota, with the lion’s share going to Grand Forks. The West Fargo Police Department will receive the remaining $125,000 to hire one officer.