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ST. PAUL—Minnesota joined 16 other states and the District of Columbia to sue the U.S. government Tuesday, April 3, saying the addition of a citizenship question to the census form is unconstitutional. The lawsuit aims to block the Trump administration from adding the last-minute citizenship question to the 2020 census. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, also includes six cities and the bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors and comes a week after California sued the administration over the same issue.
FARGO -- Feeling stressed? Well, if you live in Minnesota and North Dakota not so much. A study by a personal finance website reported Tuesday, April 3, that Minnesota is the least stressed state in the nation with North Dakota right behind them. In fact, if you live in the Upper Midwest your chances of being fairly stress-free are darn good.
ST. PAUL -- Anyone living near bear habitat is reminded to be aware of bears this spring and check their property for food sources that could attract bears. Bear habitat stretches as far south as central Minnesota. As bears emerge from hibernation, their metabolism gradually ramps up and they will begin looking for food at a time when berries and green vegetation can be scarce. Pet food, livestock feed, bird seed, compost or garbage can attract bears.
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Three people have been indicted by a South Dakota federal grand jury for converting legitimate $10 bills into counterfeit $100 bills. The three, with ties to Oklahoma and North Carolina, were indicted on charges of conspiracy to manufacture counterfeit currency and passing of counterfeit currency. The three facing the charges are Michael Glenn Ogden, 37, Mary Ellen Autry, 40, and Marcus Paul Franklin, 41.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bill that expands child abduction warnings to Indian reservations in the nation has passed the U.S. Senate and is on its way to President Trump for his signature.
BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Law officers are still looking for a wife who is thought to have gunned down her husband in rural Dodge County in far southeast Minnesota on Friday, March 23. The Blooming Prairie woman is believed to be armed and dangerous. She is Lois Ann Riess, who is 56 years old, 5-foot-5, 165 pounds with brown eyes and light blonde hair.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – Moorhead Police have identified the homeowner who was injured in a fire that has been ruled an arson. According to information released Thursday, March 22, Constance Gail Thompson, 64, was home alone when she called 911 to report her house at 1924 29th St. Circle S. was on fire around 9 p.m. Monday, March 19. Thompson was taken to the Sanford Medical Center in Fargo for treatment of injuries that weren’t life-threatening.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A limited number of lower bowl seats have been returned by the teams participating in this weekend’s NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey West Regional at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. The previously unavailable tickets are available at the center’s box office, at www.ncaa.com/frozenfour and www.ticketmaster.com , or charge-by- phone at 800-745-3000.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A 5-year-old girl visiting the falls in a park near downtown Sioux Falls drowned in the river there, authorities said Monday. The victim was Maggie Joe Zaiger of Audubon, Iowa, who was visiting the tourist attraction and the namesake of the city on Sunday with her family about noon, said authorities. She was trying to reach out to touch the foam near a pedestrian bridge when she fell in the water.
ST. PAUL -- Drunken driving arrests were up 28 percent over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Minnesota compared to last year. Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol said there 424 arrests from 6 p.m. Friday through 4 a.m. Monday, compared to 331 last year. Of the arrests, 370 were made by the State Patrol, almost double over last year. Grabow said the average on a weekend in Minnesota is 285.