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MINNEAPOLIS — The FBI has identified the man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting on Jan. 13 at a White Lake, S.D., rest stop along Interstate 90. Officials with the FBI Minneapolis Division said Nathan Thoe, 34, of Hortonville, Wis., was fatally wounded in the shooting. The FBI said Thoe was the subject of an ongoing investigation by federal authorities and was known to be in and around the Pierre area for several months.
BISMARCK -- A Bismarck police officer who testified in support of a bill cracking down on minors riding in pickup truck beds said Friday, Jan. 18, that supporters have discovered the legislation is not needed. Sgt. Tim Bleth of the Bismarck Police Department said state law already doesn't allow minors to ride in pickup beds, although it's not spelled out specifically in code. North Dakota requires all vehicle occupants younger than 18 to be "properly restrained" throughout the car, according to the state Highway Patrol.
MANDAREE, N.D. -- A 30-year-old Alexander man has died from injuries suffered in a head-on collision early Thursday, Jan. 17, about 10 miles west of Mandaree. Bryan Ray Walker was driving a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado westbound on Bear Den Road at about 7 a.m. when it collided with another pickup that slid around a curve into his lane traveling eastbound, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. That vehicle was driven by 53-year-old Robert James Willey, who suffered minor injuries and was transported to the McKenzie County Hospital. Willey was wearing a seat belt.
BISMARCK -- A 28-year-old Bismarck man was indicted Thursday, Jan. 17, on charges of sexual acts with minor females, U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers said. Owen Cordell Smith was charged with three counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old, abusive sexual contact of a child under 12 and two counts of abusive sexual contact of a child between 12 and 16, a news release said.
MANDAREE, N.D. — A head-on collision in western North Dakota killed one driver and injured another. The North Dakota Highway Patrol reported that the crash happened about 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, about 10 miles west of Mandaree, in McKenzie County. A 53-year-old man from Watford City was driving a 2018 GMC Sierra east on Bear Den Road. While rounding a curve, the Sierra slid on the ice into an oncoming 2015 Chevrolet Silverado driven by a 30-year-old man from Alexander.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — A handful of stores in Upper Midwestern states are slated to close after general merchandise retailer Shopko announced it has filed voluntary petitions for financial restructuring under the Chapter 11 bankruptcy code.
MANKATO, Minn. — A video of a toddler from southern Minnesota whose car seat fell out of a moving vehicle onto a busy road has gone viral, gaining national and international media attention. The scene was captured by a Mankato man's dashcam and uploaded to Facebook Monday, Jan. 14.
MANDAN, N.D. - A report of a reckless driver turned into a high-speed chase in Mandan on Monday, Jan. 15, with speeds reaching 110 mph, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The patrol said Devon Wheeler, 18, was eastbound and reportedly swerving before a trooper began pursuit of the speeding vehicle by the Sunset exit on Interstate 94. Speeds increased to 110 mph before continuing on the Expressway where the driver eventually stopped and taken into custody, the patrol said. Charges are pending against Wheeler.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will offer 607 any-deer bow licenses to nonresident archery hunters in 2019, up from 502 in 2018. Applicants must apply online at the Game and Fish website, www.gf.nd.gov . Paper applications are not available. The deadline for applying is March 1. Up to five hunters can apply together as a party. A lottery will be held if more applications are received than licenses available. Any remaining licenses after March 1 will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
WHITE LAKE, S.D. — Federal investigators have confirmed that an individual was shot and killed Sunday night, Jan. 13, at a rest stop along Interstate 90 near White Lake, about 30 miles west of Mitchell. The FBI said Monday it is investigating a shooting with federal officers that resulted in the death of a subject who was at the rest stop. The incident occurred around 8 p.m. Sunday in the eastbound rest area along I-90, according to Kevin Smith, public affairs officer for the Minneapolis division of the FBI. The rest area is located in Aurora County.