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BISMARCK — A Becker, Minn., tree removal company has been banned from "engaging in contracting" in North Dakota, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem's office said Thursday, Oct. 19. The attorney general's office received a complaint from a North Dakota homeowner regarding Chris Gustafson, doing business as Nature's Way Tree and Landscape, and started an investigation in August. The homeowner said he paid Gustafson $7,000 to remove trees and other work, but he didn't complete the work and damaged the home.
STURGIS, S.D. -- The administration of a South Dakota high school on Thursday, Oct. 12, canceled its homecoming football game and activities after a racist comment was painted on the side of a car and the image posted a social media site. The stunt, part of an unsponsored car bash during homecoming, now involves the Sturgis Police Department for possible investigation, the Meade School District said on a Facebook post.
TENNEY, Minn.—A 21-year-old construction worker died after falling 150 feet from the top of an elevator here Thursday afternoon, Oct. 5, the Wilkin County Sheriff's Office reported. The man was working at the Wheaton Dumont Co-op Elevator with two other men on a platform. They were adjusting another platform to connect to the platform that they were on when the man fell, the sheriff's office reported. The accident was reported about 2:45 p.m. Tenney is about 25 miles southeast of Wahpeton-Breckenridge.
SHENZHEN, China -- Jimmy Butler and Karl Anthony-Towns each scored 16 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves improved to 2-0 in the preseason with a 111-97 win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. Golden State led 55-50 at the half and owned an 81-79 lead after the third quarter. With the Timberwolves trailing by one with 10:52 left in the game, Jamal Crawford forced a steal and hit Tyus Jones in stride for a layup for an 84-83 lead.
GLYNDON, Minn.—A two-vehicle crash near Glyndon on Sunday, Oct. 1, left two people injured, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. According to a State Patrol report: The crash happened about 11:15 a.m. on Highway 336 near the Interstate 94 ramp. An SUV driven by Tawanda S. Benjamin, 21, of Fargo, was northbound in the right lane of Highway 336 when it attempted to make a left turn from the right lane. The SUV made contact with a car driven by Deborah M. Larson, 58, of Pequot Lakes, Minn., which was traveling in the left lane of Highway 336.
BISMARCK—The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline donated $15 million to the state of North Dakota to help pay for the response to the monthslong protests against the project, Gov. Doug Burgum said Thursday, Sept. 28. The donation from Dakota Access LLC was wired to the state-owned Bank of North Dakota Thursday afternoon and will be used to pay down loans taken out by the state Department of Emergency Services.
KILLEEN, Texas—A Texas woman's Facebook complaint has gone viral after she complained that a decorative item featuring cotton sold at a local Hobby Lobby was "wrong on so many levels." In the Facebook post, Daniell Rider writes: "This decor is WRONG on SO many levels, There is nothing decorative about raw cotton... A commodity which was gained at the expense of African-American slaves." "A little sensitivity goes a long way. PLEASE REMOVE THIS "decor."
BISMARCK—North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem joined other attorneys general in a letter to Equifax expressing concerns over the credit reporting agency's response to its massive security breach, his office said Friday, Sept. 15. The attorneys general asked the company to make its website less confusing, add customer service staff, make the hotline number available 24 hours a day and to disable links for its fee-based credit monitoring service. They said Equifax should reimburse consumers who have had to pay fees to freeze their credit.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minneapolis-based Jostens and the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee plan to bring the jeweler’s 33 championship rings it has created for Super Bowl winners on tour. The tour starts in Minneapolis Sept. 5 with a six-day run at the Star Tribune Atrium at Capella Tower. The rings will then be on display for the Vikings’ Sept. 11 home opener in Vikings Plaza.
DICKINSON, N.D. — Fisher Sand and Gravel Co., based out of Dickinson, was awarded a contract to develop a prototype for construction of a wall along the southern border by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, according to a release from U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer.