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FARGO—There will be resistance from the usual corners of paragon and virtue, of course, when it comes to legalized sports betting in North Dakota and Minnesota. But it's coming, and that's about the safest wager a person could make. And sooner rather than later, according to a couple of local legislators.
The Great Minnesota Muskie War is getting ugly. It includes threats, intrigue and vindictive backroom politics that would make Tammany Hall politicians blush. And it's all over a fish that, according to scientific studies, has no negative effects in the lakes in which it swims.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—The family of a 6-year-old boy slain in Fergus Falls says it knows of multiple people who called social services in Otter Tail County to warn of possible abuse by the child's accused killers, but says nothing was done. The child's mother also says she called social services two times in the days leading up to his death.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—Justis Burland's mother says she contacted Otter Tail County social services in the days before his death. Misty Dawn Truitt says she wanted to make sure Justis and his twin brother Xavier were accounted for because their caretaker "flipped out" after a custody hearing was cut short by a judge.
Bobbie Bishop wanted full custody of Justis Burland and his twin brother Xavier. When she didn't get it after a hearing April 2, text messages sent from Bishop to the boys' grandmother reveal a mounting frustration. A week later, Justis was dead. Text messages obtained by The Forum and court documents from Otter Tail County show Bishop worked on gaining guardianship of the children for months, eventually getting one-year temporary custody from the boys' grandmother, Norma Burland of Polson, Mont., shortly before Justis' death.
WOODWORTH, N.D.—The alleged level of deception is stunning and the number of lies staggering, really, in court documents involving the Woodworth, N.D., woman accused of running an adoption scam. And it was all for a shot at $1,800, or maybe a little more. There's most likely not a price tag you can put on the confusion and heartbreak it caused.
MINNEAPOLIS — The most talked-about moment of the Minnesota Twins home opener at Target Field happened before the game. As part of the special ceremony to kick off the Twins' 58th season, a bald eagle named Challenger was supposed to swoop into the stadium during the national anthem and land on its trainer's gloved hand.
Eric Johnson's experience at January's NFC Championship game in Philadelphia was not as horrible as it was for some Minnesota Vikings fans. But it wasn't exactly a walk in the park, either, and that led the West Fargo resident to complain to the National Football League. It appears his voice is being heard, along with the voices of many other Vikings fans.
WAITE PARK, Minn. -- One of the finalists for the Moorhead Area Public Schools superintendent job was arrested for suspicion of misdemeanor indecent exposure. Scott Staska, current superintendent at Rocori near St. Cloud, Minn., was arrested by Waite Park police Tuesday, March 20, and booked into the Stearns County jail, according to the St. Cloud Times. Waite Park Police Chief Dave Bentrud said an incident Sunday night led to Staska’s arrest. He would not comment further, citing the ongoing investigation.
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn.—They hauled away the Golden Arches the other day in this Minnesota lakes country town, putting the yellow "M" on a flat-bed truck that rolled down Highway 59 toward points unknown. The McDonald's restaurant in Pelican Rapids is no more, having closed after 10 years of serving Egg McMuffins, Big Macs and those ridiculously perfect french fries to locals, tourists and travelers on South Broadway at the edge of downtown.