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Another mild winter, good nesting season conditions and a slight increase in grassland habitat in the pheasant range all combined to increase Minnesota's roadside pheasant index by 29 percent compared to last year, according to the Department of Natural Resources. "Grassland habitat is critically important to pheasant populations," said Nicole Davros, a DNR research scientist who oversees the August roadside survey.
A Mahnoman woman has made her initial court appearance in Becker County on allegations of domestic abuse against her mother. Cindy Lee Bellanger, 35, is charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation and two other misdemeanor domestic assault charges, including one for violating an order for protection.
A Detroit Lakes woman is facing felony theft charges after allegation that she stole a vehicle. Billie Joe Stewart, 36, was arrested following a complaint filed with police on Aug. 27. According to the complaint filed in Becker County District Court, a man reported that his gold Honda Accord had been stolen from within the city of Detroit Lakes.
A Ponsford woman made her initial court appearance in Becker County Court on drug charges. Lacey Lynn Clark, 26, is charged with fifth degree felony drugs after an incident on Aug. 19. According to the complaint filed with Becker County District Court, White Earth police patrolling the village of Pine Point observed a vehicle with a very dim taillight. The officer turned around, and according to the complaint, the vehicle immediately sped up. The officer activated his lights, and the vehicle reportedly pulled over quickly before a woman got out and started running into the woods.
A wanted fugitive out of Dolton, Ill. made his initial appearance in Becker County District after taking authorities on a high speed chase out of Ogema. William Richard Liptak, 23, is charged with felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and felony being a fugitive from justice from another state.
A federal judge has denied the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's request to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline while the tribe's lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proceeds. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg denied the injunction in a ruling issued Friday, Sept. 9. The parties are scheduled to meet for a status conference on Sept. 16. While the ruling has been anxiously awaited by all parties, Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II said this week the ruling should not be considered the end.
The Grand Forks County Courthouse has been evacuated because of a suspicious package on the south side of the building. Courthouse workers have been outside the downtown building since about 9:30 a.m. A bomb-response team is on the scene and using an X-ray to scan a dark backpack left on the south steps. Nearby streets have been closed to traffic. Check back later for updates on this developing story.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple activated the North Dakota National Guard in a limited role Thursday to provide support for civilian authorities dealing with the Dakota Access Pipeline protests south of Mandan as a key court ruling loomed Friday. The Guard's adjutant general stressed that soldiers will not patrol the main protest encampment north of Cannon Ball.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple said he has asked the North Dakota National Guard for support in responding to law enforcement efforts at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest site south of Mandan. The announcement came during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 8.
A Mahnomen man was seriously injured Thursday morning, Sept. 8, when the pickup he was driving veered off Highway 59 south of Mahnomen and struck a tree. According to a report released by the Minnesota State Patrol: The crash happened about 6:55 a.m. when a pickup driven by Gordon A. Peterson, 78, of Mahnomen, was northbound on Highway 59 about a mile south of Mahnomen. The pickup left the road and ended up striking a tree. Peterson was in critical condition when he was airlifted to Sanford Medical Center with serious injuries, the State Patrol said.