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REYKJAVIK, ICELAND — A North Dakota native and her husband have died in a fishing accident while on vacation in Iceland. Janet Veit grew up in Richland County and was a graduate of Wyndmere (N.D.) High School. She and her husband, Brian Schumacher, were living in La Crescent, Minn., where she worked nearby in LaCrosse, Wis., as a veterinarian.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— A 36-year-old Kansas man who told an undercover witness that he sold meth in several South Dakota cities and at least one Indian reservation has been sent to federal prison for 30 years. Justin Morales, also known as Speedy, is from Wichita and was sentenced Friday, May 18, in federal district court in Sioux Falls.
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A 67-year-old motorcyclist died about 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, in a crash with a pickup west of Watertown in northeast South Dakota. The name of the man is not being released pending notification of family. The other driver, a 51-year-old male, was not injured.
BISMARCK — Neal Leier's walleye caught on May 18 broke the longest-standing state record fish in North Dakota, one that stood for nearly 60 years. The Bismarck angler reeled in a 15-pound, 13-ounce walleye from the Missouri River near Fox Island, besting the old record by one ounce, the state's Game and Fish Department said in a release. The 32½-inch fish broke the record that was established from Wood Lake in 1959 by Blair Chapman of Minnewaukan.
LEGIONVILLE, Minn. -- A monstrous floating bog -- about the size of three football fields -- is refusing to leave without a fight from the spot it floated into on a northern Minnesota lake north of Brainerd. The bog has been lodged in North Long Lake in front of the Minnesota American Legion’s Legionville School Safety Patrol Training Center since last fall.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn.—Blogger and food writer Molly Yeh will be starring in food show premiering next month. The Food Network announced Tuesday, May 15, the writer whose blog is titled "My Name is Yeh" will be the focus of a show titled "Girl Meets Farm," starting at 11 a.m. June 24. Originally from Chicago, and a previous resident of New York City, Yeh moved to East Grand Forks in 2013 with her husband, Nick Hagen, a local farmer.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- A virus spread among horses has forced the cancellation of the Dickinson State University Blue Hawk Stampede rodeo. Dickinson State Coach Eudell Larsen said that because of another outbreak of equine herpesvirus, often called EHV, the Great Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association has decided to cancel both of its remaining rodeos in Dickinson and Spearfish, S.D.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota state health officials are investigating an outbreak of E. coli related to romaine lettuce from the Yuma region. The Minnesota Department of Health is working with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and public health agencies in other states to investigate an outbreak. Information on the national outbreak can be found on CDC's and FDA's websites.
SUPERIOR, Wis. -- Mayor Jim Paine has lifted the evacuation order for Superior residents living near the Husky Energy oil refinery, which was rocked by a series of explosions and fires Thursday, April 26, and sent a black plume across the city. "People can comfortably go to their own homes," a press release from the City of Superior sent shortly after 6 a.m. Friday said. "Thank you for your patience and cooperation while we dealt with this very unfortunate situation."
SUPERIOR, Wis. — A series of explosions and fires rocked the Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior on Thursday, April 26, sending a black plume of acrid smoke across the city, forcing massive evacuations and sending several people to local hospitals. At least 11 people were confirmed injured in hospitals in Duluth and Superior, one with a serious blast injury, Essentia Health and St. Luke’s hospital officials said.