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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.
EAGLE BUTTE -- Two Eagle Butte men face multiple charges for breaking into a home, stealing money and assaulting the homeowner with shod feet and a knife. Bevan Bordeaux, 30, was indicted in early June and pleaded not guilty last week. Payton Bartlett, 18, was also indicted earlier this month and also pleaded not guilty last week.
EAGLE BUTTE -- A 54-year-old Eagle Butte man has been indicted on charges he assaulted Ziebach County Sheriff Gary Cudmore and officers from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in an incident on May 8 in far northwest South Dakota. Pete Knight was indicted and entered a not guilty plea in mid-June.
RAPID CITY -- A 41-year-old Rapid City man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for commercial sex trafficking. Kevin D. Jenkins is facing up to life imprisonment and a $250,000 fine on the charge. In the indictment, officials allege Jenkins “obtained a child between the ages of 14 and 18 to engage in a commercial sex act between January and August of 2016.” The investigation is being conducted by the FBI.
A new report finds that, since Donald Trump's election as U.S. president, the world's views of the U.S. have shifted dramatically downward from where they were at the end of Barack Obama's presidency. The chart below shows the percentage of people who say they have a very or somewhat favorable view of the U.S.