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FARGO – A global security firm with ties to the government reportedly conducted extensive surveillance and infiltrated activist groups during the prolonged protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The firm, TigerSwan, used “military-style counterterrorism measures” and worked closely with law enforcement agencies in five states, including North Dakota and South Dakota, according to a report by The Intercept, an online publication.
WANBLEE, S.D.-- Five people were killed when a vehicle collided head-one with a semi over the Memorial Day weekend near Wanblee, S.D., in far southwest South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation about 100 miles from Rapid City, according to a report on KNBN-TV. The only survivor was a 16-month-old baby boy.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A Bemidji man accused of kidnapping and raping a 5-year-old girl will now spend time in prison for four 2013 child porn convictions.
MINNEAPOLIS —Prosecutors and law officers say they have dismantled a Thai sex trafficking operation that spread across the United States by indicting 21 more people. The announcement was made Thursday, May 25, at a news conference in Minneapolis after indictments were unsealed charging the 21, whom prosecutors said were at "high levels in the sophisticated criminal enterprise" that brought women from Thailand to cities across the U.S. All but one of those charged were arrested Wednesday, May 24, at locations in California, Texas and the Chicago area.
MINOT, N.D. -- An 18-year-old has entered a not guilty plea to disorderly conduct for a lunchtime water balloon fight at a Minot high school. Xavier Mason Falcon, who just turned 18 last Tuesday, entered the plea this week after last week’s incident at the Magic City campus. Two other 17-year-old boys were also cited for misdemeanor disorderly conduct and their cases are being handled in juvenile court.
PIERRE, S.D. – Troopers from the South Dakota Highway Patrol and Minnesota State Patrol will join together to conduct a 23-hour traffic safety, Memorial Day weekend crackdown starting Friday morning. The two agencies along with other law enforcement departments are participating in the annual I-90 Safety Operation taking place from 5 a.m Friday, May 26, to 4 a.m. Saturday, May 27.
CRYSTAL, Minn. - Authorities in Crystal in the western part of the Twin Cities are investigating an officer-involved shooting on Wednesday morning. According to Crystal police: Officers were called to Bassett Creek Park shortly before 9 a.m. on a report of an armed man on the park’s disc golf course. A resident of an adjacent apartment building called 911 to report the gunman.
ST. PAUL -- Crews searched by boat and by air Monday for a man who ran toward a Mississippi River bluff after St. Paul officers pulled him over, according to the police department. Later on Monday, a body was found in the river, near the Ford Dam, but officials cautioned that it was too soon to say if the body was that of the fleeing motorist.
ST. PAUL -- A Grand Rapids, Minn., man who stole thousands of black spruce treetops from the Chippewa National Forest in northern Minnesota must pay the U.S. Forest Service $24,199.50, complete 200 hours of community service and he will spend three years on probation.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota legislation funding public works projects ranging from repairing college roofs to helping cities build water treatment plants has an uncertain future. The House rejected the bill Wednesday, May 17, 70-62, falling 11 votes short the super majority the state Constitution requires to borrow money. "There are other options out there," Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, said after the bill went down.