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BISMARCK—Appeals judges rejected a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Bismarck lawyer who argued his First Amendment rights were violated because of mandatory dues he had to pay the State Bar Association of North Dakota for political activity he did not support. The lawsuit, filed by the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix, argued that attorneys should be allowed to opt in to political spending by the bar association, an option provided by 18 states.
MEDINA, Minn. — Polaris is urging owners of their Scrambler ATVs to not ride them until repairing a flaw that could cause the vehicle’s throttle to fail. The recall, announced Tuesday, Aug. 8, involves all Scrambler XP 1000 vehicles from model years 2014 through 2017. The company reports it has had nine reports of the throttle release switch failing, resulting in two minor injuries.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen, injured in Thursday night’s victory against Atlanta, underwent successful surgery on her left hand Friday, Aug. 4, and will be sidelined indefinitely, the team said in a news release. Whalen’s surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester was to repair a fracture of her fifth metacarpal in her left hand. The 14-year veteran has started all 22 games for the Lynx this season, averaging 8 points, 2.5 rebounds and a team-high 4.1 assists per game. The Lynx are scheduled to play at Indiana on Sunday.
WILLMAR, Minn. – A dog with a boat anchor tied to it was found dead Tuesday morning floating in a central Minnesota lake. The discovery was reported at 8:50 a.m. when the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office got a call that a dead dog was seen floating on Point Lake, several miles north of Willmar.
WILLISTON, N.D. — The founder and CEO of Facebook spent Tuesday, July 11, in North Dakota, visiting Williston to learn more about the oil industry and taking a trip to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Mark Zuckerberg wrote a lengthy message on his Facebook page about the visit, encouraging followers to “get out and learn about all perspectives on issues” even while noting that “stopping climate change is one of the most important challenges of our generation.”
MOBRIDGE -- A 55-year-old Mobridge man will spend 34 months in prison on an assault charge for an incident where he used his vehicle to injure a man causing him to suffer two broken legs. Richard Cadotte was convicted of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and was sentenced Wednesday, July 5, by U.S. District Judge Charles Kornmann.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — An American eel — far, far away from its natural home in the North Atlantic Ocean — was found in a southwest Minnesota lake late last month. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fisheries workers conducting a lake survey on Cottonwood Lake about 16 miles southwest of Granite Falls captured a female, 37.4 inch American eel in their trapnet late last month.
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — Officers believe alcohol was involved in an early Independence Day crash near Pelican Rapids that left a Moorhead man injured. The Minnesota State Patrol responded at 3:25 a.m. Tuesday to a one-vehicle rollover on state Highway 108 near Otter Tail County Road 113, about 2 miles west of Pelican Rapids, according to a State Patrol report. That's where Brandon Jack Arion, 28, was westbound in a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado when the pickup went off the road to the left, hit an embankment and rolled into the ditch, the report stated.
SIOUX FALLS -- A road rage incident in far north Sioux Falls Friday night led to gunshots being fired and the arrest of a 31-year-old man. Police Sgt. Nick Cook said they were called to an incident where shots were fired about 5 p.m. and learned that two vehicles were involved. An investigation revealed that Keana Gray of nearby Renner shot at the other vehicle near North Minnesota Avenue and 60th St. N., police said.
DICKINSON — A day normally filled with laughter and fun turned tragic Saturday after an individual was run over and killed by a train near the end of the Roughrider Days parade. On Saturday morning, the North Dakota Highway Patrol responded to a call of a pedestrian who had been struck by a train in the train yard near downtown Dickinson.