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North Dakota has surpassed the much-anticipated milestone of producing 1 million barrels of oil per day. The state produced an average of 1,001,149 barrels per day in April, according to preliminary figures released by the state Tuesday. North Dakota has been hovering around that milestone for several months, but difficult winter weather slowed production and delayed hitting the mark until spring. North Dakota is the second-highest oil-producing state, trailing only Texas. Daily oil production in Texas is approaching 3 million barrels per day.
WALKER - A Cass Lake man was sentenced Monday in Cass County District Court to nearly 10 years in prison for criminal sexual conduct. Cass County Attorney Christopher Strandlie reports that Francis "Tuffy" Peter Isham, 61, who pled guilty to one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct on May 6, was sentenced to serve 119 months in prison pursuant to the Minnesota Sentencing guidelines. The complaint filed by the Cass County Attorney's Office alleged Isham had engaged in sexual contact with a 9-year-old girl in 2006.
FARGO – A 33-year-old Bismarck man was arrested Tuesday night after a chase with police that ended at the West Acres mall, forcing the shopping center into its first-ever lockdown. Kendall Scott Feist, who had warrants out for his arrest, was seen at a business in the Moorhead Industrial Park around 7 p.m., Moorhead police said. Feist drove away from the scene before police arrived. He fled when they tried to pull him over on Main Avenue Southeast, eventually driving onto the Village Green Golf Course.
CROSSLAKE, Minn. -- A woman was rescued Tuesday when the kayak she was in overturned in the rain-swollen Pine River in central Minnesota. The 53-year-old from New Jersey was rescued...
MORRIS, Minn. – Criminal sexual conduct charges filed against the Morris Area High School principal were dismissed Tuesday. Stevens County Attorney Aaron Jordan filed paperwork to drop the charges against Craig Peterson after evidence collected within the last month made it clear there is no longer sufficient evidence to proceed with the case.
FARGO – An emotional Gene Taylor started saying his goodbyes Monday morning at the Fargodome. Taylor, the athletic director at North Dakota State University, announced during a news conference that he has accepted a position as deputy director of intercollegiate athletics at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Taylor served as athletic director at NDSU for 13 years. “The last 13 years have been filled with great memories,” Taylor said. “This place is a special place. … I have been very fortunate.
BEMIDJI, Minn. - A teacher at Voyageurs Expeditionary School in Bemidji has pleaded not guilty to having sex with one of his students. Paul Joseph Johnson, 48, of Backus, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl. Johnson taught math at the school for five years. He was placed on unpaid leave after the charges were brought against him in January.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A 89-year-old man and an 87-year-old woman died in a head-on collision south of Bemidji on Tuesday. The Minnesota State Patrol reported that the man was driving south on U.S. Highway 71 about nine miles south of Bemidji when their car was struck by a northbound vehicle. The crash occurred about 2:30 p.m. No information on the condition of the driver of the northbound vehicle had been released Tuesday evening. Names of the victims also were not released.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- A 30-year-old Brainerd man was killed Monday after the motorcycle he was driving crashed with a Chevrolet Blazer in west Brainerd. John D. Helstrom was traveling east on Highway 210, also known as Washington Street, in Brainerd about 2:39 p.m. when it collided with the Blazer, driven by David J. Dale, 56, of Hillman, as the Blazer made a left turn, the Minnesota State Patrol said. Helstrom was flown to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where he died. Helstrom was not wearing a helmet.
ST. PAUL -- An appeal has been filed in the case of a Little Falls man convicted of first-degree murder for killing two teenagers after they entered his home, a TV station reported. KARE 11 in Minneapolis reported that the defense attorney for Byron Smith said the appeal documents were filed Wednesday in Minnesota’s Supreme Court. Steve Meshbesher said he felt the Morrison County judge overseeing the case made several mistakes and that Smith was not granted a fair trial.