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With a $1.6 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot, North Dakota stands to score big if a winning ticket belongs to a resident. Ryan Koppy, sales and marketing manager for the state lottery, said the state taxes lottery winnings at 2.9 percent. If the winner lives in North Dakota he or she will pay about $43 million in state taxes. In Minnesota, the 7.25 tax rate would add up to around $116 million. The winner will end up handing over about $384 million to the federal government for a 24 percent tax rate.
ROOSEVELT, Minn.—A Roosevelt City Council member who allegedly threatened a reporter during a public meeting was charged with disorderly conduct Monday, said Roseau County Sheriff Steve Gust. Arlyn Stewart allegedly stood over reporter Doris Knutson, from Baudette's weekly Northern Light Region newspaper, and berated her during the Oct. 1 meeting after she questioned the council for holding a meeting without public notification. He then immediately adjourned the meeting.
A Grand Forks man will spend two years behind bars for stabbing another man in July. Faisal Rabe Jimaale, 21, stabbed a man in an apartment on July 9 around 12:45 a.m., according to court records. The victim was treated at Altru Hospital for wounds to his chest and stomach, records said. A caller told police Jimaale returned to the area near the apartment later that day and matched the victim's description, an affidavit for his arrest said. Jimaale told police he knew what happened and said he'd been at the apartment earlier, court documents said.
Grand Forks Police arrested a woman who they found passed out in the driver’s seat of her car Sunday night, a press release said. The woman woke up and hit a police cruiser as she tried to flee, according to the release. Police found 24-year-old Brooke Blikre, of Grand Forks, apparently passed out in the driver’s seat of her 2012 black Ford Fusion around 6:20 p.m. near Demers Avenue and Washington Street, the release said.
North Dakota and Minnesota experienced some of the most growth among heartland states from 2010 to 2016, according to a Brookings Institute study. Much of North Dakota's growth has been driven by an increase in energy extraction fields and the oil boom, the study claimed. The survey included 19 states in the "heartland region" stretching from Oklahoma to Ohio.
Regardless of who wins the election, Grand Forks County will have its first female state's attorney this year. Nancy Yon and Haley Wamstad, both assistant state's attorneys, are vying for the position. They defeated private civil attorney Tim Lamb during the primary election. State's Attorney David Jones announced his retirement earlier this year. The position is for the top prosecutor in the county, who determines proceedings for all criminal and civil cases against the state. State's attorneys also are responsible for advising the county on legal matters.
Two people were brought to the hospital after a crash with a semi south of Warren, Minn., a press release from the Minnesota State Patrol said. A Volvo farm tractor trailer was driving north on U.S. Highway 75 and slowing to turn right onto 170th Street Northwest in Brislet Township in Polk County Thursday just after 10 p.m., the release said. A Chevy Silverado crashed into the back of the semi as it slowed to turn, the release said.
Three teens were brought to the hospital following a rollover crash in Goodhue County Thursday night, according to an incident report from the Minnesota State Patrol. Tanner Cole Hallett, 18, of Warroad, Minn., was driving a 1998 Chevy Tracker west on Highway 19 and lost control and slid into the ditch just after 6 p.m., the report said. The truck hit a field approach and rolled, the release said.
A Grand Forks man will spend four years in prison after he admitted Monday to selling methamphetamine to a confidential informant. Rene Darcy Marion, III, 24, will serve the sentence in Minnesota because it will run concurrent to a similar charge in Polk County. Marion sold 2 ounces of methamphetamine to a confidential informant on Oct. 30, 2017, according to court documents. A warrant was issued and Marion was stopped by police the next day, an affidavit for his arrest said.
A Grand Forks woman will go to trial on accusations that she beat a woman with a hammer as she sexually assaulted her. Rebecca Dakota Grant, 31, could spend life in prison if convicted. Grand Forks District Court Judge Lolita Hartl-Romanick refused to reduce her bond Thursday when the trial was rescheduled. Court documents allege Grant hit a woman she knew in the face, threw her to the ground and ripped off her pants in the kitchen of the woman's apartment just before 1 p.m. on May 22.