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FARGO-- Fargo police continue to warn the public about a dangerous, powerful drug responsible for several deaths, though most people have probably never heard of it. Fentanyl, a synthetic opiate painkiller, is being mixed with heroin to increase its potency, but dealers don't typically carry pharmacy degrees and buyers may not know exactly what they're ingesting.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House unanimously backed a bill Wednesday to increase punishment for drunken drivers charged with a vehicular homicide that occurs within 10 years of another drunken driving offense. The crime would be increased to 15 years in prison from the current 10 years. The bill is named after Drake Bigler, who at 5 months of age died in a traffic accident when his family was headed to a Starbuck cabin in 2012. His mother Heather escaped serious injury, but his father Brad suffered major injuries, as did family member Sharon Schutler.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Smoke from a raging wildfire that forced 88,000 residents to flee from a Canadian town in northeast Alberta is expected to reach the Red River Valley by Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. The fire in Fort McMurray, Alberta., has been burning since Sunday and has destroyed 1,600 structures, ravaged one neighborhood and halted incoming and outgoing commercial flights, authorities said Wednesday.
A wildfire ignited northwest of Staples in northern Minnesota Wednesday afternoon, sending out an air and ground attack by firefighters. Forestry crews with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and area firefighters responded to the wildfire reported at 3:30 p.m. near Oylen, along with a large tanker that holds 3,000 gallons from Bemidji, two track vehicles, three bulldozers and six aircraft.
Isabelle Chambers' lucky discovery came one night when she was reading past her bedtime. She aimed a floor lamp, using it as an awkward flashlight, to illuminate the pages. She was surprised to see that it did more than shine a light—the angle of the light actually improved her vision. Since the age of 6, Isabelle has had an autoimmune eye disease called uveitis, an inflammation of the pigmented layer in her right eye, that blurs her vision, despite cataract surgery.
WEST FARGO - A cause of a West Fargo train derailment early Wednesday is not known yet. Around 4:30 a.m., police say they received a notification from BNSF that two locomotives and five railcars full of rock derailed at the Strata Corporation's railyard at 12th Avenue and Center Street Northeast. BNSF says the cars are upright and no injuries have been reported and no hazardous materials have been released. Traffic has not been affected by the derailment.
ST. PAUL -- St. Paul Public Schools is taking a novel approach to the debate over who gets access to which restrooms. One year after making a policy change that...
PARK RAPIDS — Water bombing airplanes and helicopters snuffed a fire in Park Rapids Tuesday before flames approached a Wal-Mart store as dry, windy conditions continue to fan any wildfires that start across the region. Winds are expected to subside some as the week goes on, but little or no rain is forecast and fire danger is expected to remain very high into the weekend.
LISBON, N.D. – A chance meeting at Lisbon's First and Last Chance Bar has Shiela Weisgerber smiling. Weisgerber, who is raising triplet grandsons Dalton, Bentley and Ashton Peterson, received a...
A Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy on the Red Lake Reservation in 2008 has been removed from his present assignment as a pastor at St. Elizabeth Church in Dilworth and St. Andrew’s Church in Hawley, according to a Crookston Diocese official. An attorney for the alleged victim, now an adult, notified diocese officials Friday, April 29, of a sexual misconduct allegation against the Rev. Patrick Sullivan and of plans to sue the diocese, said Monsignor Mike Foltz, vicar general of the diocese.