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FARGO – The predicted peak of a moderate flood on the Red River here keeps dropping. The National Weather Service predicted Thursday that the river – which is flooding due to recent rain running off frozen ground – would crest at around 27 feet on Friday night. That prediction is down a foot from the forecast issued Wednesday and is 2 feet lower than a prediction issued Tuesday. At noon Thursday, the Red River at Fargo-Moorhead was about 25.6 feet. If the forecast holds true, it should only cause minor issues in Fargo-Moorhead.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law Wednesday a bill establishing standards for lifeguards at public beaches. The new law, which overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate, requires CPR training and lifeguard certification. The law applies to beaches run by local governments such as cities, but not the three state-owned beaches.
Kat Perkins was five minutes away from walking off “The Voice” stage for good Tuesday night. But thanks to the “Instant Save,” a song about Paris and a large fan base, the Scranton, N.D., native and Minneapolis resident survived another round on the NBC talent show. Perkins kicked off Monday’s episode by singing “Landslide.” She once again drew praise from the judges. But it wasn’t enough to push her forward without fighting a second time. After a night of fans voting through iTunes and social media, Perkins was in the bottom three with blues singer Bria Kelly and pre-law student T
WDAY/WDAZ News will be launching the first statewide morning news show in North Dakota. First News, which has aired on WDAY and WDAZ since 1996, is expanding statewide starting on April 28, 2014. It will air from 5:00 am – 7:00 am CT weekday mornings on WDAY channel 6.1 in Fargo, WDAZ channel 8.1 in Grand Forks, KBMY channel 17.1 in Bismarck, KMCY channel 14.1 in Minot, 11.2 in Williston and 2.2 in Dickinson. The program will also be available on Radio station WDAY-AM 970 as well as online at WDAY.com and through our WATCH WDAY App.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton delivers his annual State of the State speech Wednesday night, coming weeks later than normal. Because hip surgery has hampered Dayton's mobility, he was not able to deliver the speech soon after the Legislature convened on Feb. 25. Governors normally give their State of the State addresses early in a legislative session to influence what legislators passed. His 7 p.m.
BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. – Authorities here have called off the search for a person who reportedly jumped from a bridge and into the Otter Tail River early Monday morning. “We did basically all we could do and then some,” said Breckenridge police Chief Nate Harder. Along with Breckenridge police, Wilkin County sheriff’s deputies, Wahpeton police and Breckenridge firefighters walked the banks and used boats to search the river, swollen by recent rains, until 2 p.m. Monday. The search began after a police officer was flagged down about 2:15 a.m.
BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. – Authorities here were looking for a person who reportedly jumped off a bridge and into the Otter Tail River early Monday morning. Breckenridge police Chief Nate Harder said one of his officers was flagged down about 2:15 a.m.
A black bear was killed over the weekend in a crash near Thief River Falls, according to the Pennington County Sheriff’s Department. No one in the vehicle was injured, the department said. A vehicle damage estimate was not available. These days, bears have become more common road hazards than moose or elk, according to Jeremy Woinarowicz, a conservation officer with state Department of Natural Resources. Last year, three bears were killed by vehicles in his territory of northwestern Minnesota, he said.
MOORHEAD – A man accused of trying to beat his girlfriend to death with a baseball bat has been trying to contact her repeatedly from jail, prosecutors claim in new criminal charges. Michael John Karau, 34, was charged Wednesday in Clay County District Court with two felony counts of violating a no contact order within two years of the first two convictions. Those charges come after he was charged with first-degree attempted murder and other felonies related to the beating earlier this month of his live-in girlfriend, which also involved an attempted bathtub drowning.
ADA, Minn. – A Gary man was found guilty of four counts of first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of soliciting a child to engage in criminal sexual conduct in Norman County court here. Norman County Attorney James Brue said Rocky Lane Zabrowski, 55, of rural Gary, Minn., was convicted by a Norman County District Court judge after a two-day trial. After a trial earlier this month, Judge Jeffrey Remick issued his guilty verdict Thursday, according to court records.