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MITCHELL, S.D. — A Mitchell man was arrested Sunday, Jan. 20, for allegedly tying up a woman and threatening her with a knife and a gun. The incident reportedly began when 23-year-old Jose Ortiz Rodriguez and the woman had a verbal argument while shopping on Sunday, and the two got into a vehicle and continued the argument in a parking lot.
GRAND FORKS — Two people are in custody after authorities arrested them for possession of meth, according to a release by the Grand Forks Police Department. The release states that on Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant at 2116 1st Ave. N., in Grand Forks. During the search, Brian Jones, 40, and Nakia Jones, 31, were taken into custody. They are facing charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and felon in possession of a firearm.
FARGO -- Bell Bank has announced its intent to purchase Warner and Company Insurance, a full-service insurance agency founded in Fargo more than 100 years ago. Under the purchase agreement signed Wednesday, Jan. 24, Bell will purchase Warner and Company Insurance, as well as two of Warner and Company's other full-service agencies: Schiller Insurance in Detroit Lakes and Thompson-Schaefer Insurance Agency in Grand Forks. Together, the three agencies have 30 employees.
SALEM, S.D. — Authorities on Tuesday identified a Salem woman as the person who died in a tractor-van crash about 35 miles east of Mitchell on Jan. 16. Helene Eichacker, 85, was the passenger in a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country that crashed into a 1998 John Deere tractor on S.D. Highway 38, about one mile west of Salem. She was airlifted to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls and died Thursday as a result of her injuries.
GRAND FORKS - Grand Forks Police identified a man who died in the back of a pickup Friday. Bradley Beiswenger, 36, appears to have been sleeping in an enclosed cargo area of a pickup and using a propane heater for warmth, officers said in a news release Tuesday morning, Jan. 22. Police are still investigating Beiswenger's cause of death, but they said they suspect carbon monoxide may have been a factor of it. There were no signs of foul play and Beiswenger had no permanent address, police said.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota women’s basketball coach Lindsay Whalen has inked a partnership agreement with Bell Bank, becoming a Bell Bank “Champion.” Whalen will be featured in advertising and social media, host select customer meet-and-greet events, and provide signed merchandise for designated Bell events. Bell and Whalen will also seek opportunities to “pay it forward” through support of charitable causes.
GRAND FORKS — Grand Forks police have identified the man killed in a Saturday night crash. Witnesses told police a white sedan driven by Shaun Sabin, of Grand Forks, hit the back of a pickup while both were northbound near the 900 block of South Washington Street at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, a press release said. The pickup allegedly pulled over but the sedan continued northbound, then crossed into the southbound lane before it drifted back into the northbound lane and crashed into a signal pole near DeMers Avenue.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Auditioning to become the second straight North Dakota State quarterback to get picked in the NFL Draft, Easton Stick threw a touchdown pass in the East-West Shrine football game in Tropicana Field on Saturday, Jan. 19. The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Stick, who in his final season at NDSU guided the Bison to their seventh Football Championship Subdivision national title earlier this month, fired a 22-yard scoring pass over the middle to Arizona’s Shawn Poindexter to give the West a 21-0 lead with less than 10 minutes remaining of the third quarter.
BISMARCK — A bill in the North Dakota Legislature would require candidates to declare a party membership or run as independents in local races that are now nonpartisan. For Rep. Scott Louser, R-Minot, and other co-sponsors, their support for House Bill 1375 is a matter of transparency and making elections as easy as possible for voters.
WALHALLA, N.D. — A Walhalla man pleaded guilty Thursday, Jan. 17, to a felony charge stemming from a one-vehicle crash that flung a passenger from the car and killed him. Heinrich Penner Fehr pleaded guilty to negligent homicide. Charges of criminal vehicular homicide and driving under the influence were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. An affidavit for Penner Fehr’s arrest said he rolled his 2002 Chevrolet K-1500 at 11:45 p.m. Oct. 20, 2017, when he failed to negotiate a curve about five miles west of Walhalla.