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North Dakota

Teen dies in farm accident

DICKINSON, N.D. -- A 19-year-old Mott man died Monday afternoon from injuries he sustained in a farming accident.

Mike Wehri was reportedly spraying a field approximately 2 miles north of Mott when he "hit something electrical," Hettinger County Sheriff Sarah Warner said.

The accident caused power outages for Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. customers in Mott, Regent and New England, said Mark Hanson, the senior public relations representative for MDU Resources Group.

"We did have a piece of farm equipment that made contact with our (overhead) line," Hanson said, adding that power was out to those communities for about an hour.

Wehri was working for Mott farmer Stan Blickensderfer.

Wehri was a 2012 graduate of Mott-Regent High School. He had recently completed his freshman year at North Dakota State University.


Motorcyclist in crash near Abercrombie dies

ABERCROMBIE, N.D. - A 24-year-old motorcyclist who was injured June 2 when he failed to negotiate a curve near the Fort Abercrombie historic site has died.

Joshua Taylor Wold died Monday at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo.

Wold was eastbound on Richland County Road 4 here. He was passing Fort Abercrombie, heading toward the Red River bridge when his motorcycle hit a driveway approach and became airborne, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The motorcycle landed on the Fort Abercrombie grounds and toppled to rest. Wold was thrown and landed near the motorcycle, according to Sgt. Josh Rude.

Wold was taken by LifeFlight helicopter ambulance to Sanford where he died Monday.

Wold's parents Lynn and Sara Wold decided to donate his organs to people in need.

"It's his last will, it's what he can do," Sara Wold said.

The donation could help nearly 60 people.

"People donate organs and stuff, but we were told there is only like 12 people a year that they can do that with here in the Fargo area, and there are three thousand people in the three states waiting for organs," Lynn Wold said.


Shafer documentary to air on Prairie Public

WASHBURN, N.D. - The documentary "Mr. Bubble: The Harold Schafer Story" will air on Prairie Public Television at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The film follows the life and career of Schafer, North Dakota Rough Rider Hall of Fame recipient and founder of the Gold Seal Co., the original maker of Mr. Bubble bubble bath.

Archival photographs and film highlight the documentary, along with many who knew Shafer, including his wife, Sheila, and his son, former Governor Ed Schafer.

The film is the third from Craig S. Jenkinson and the Dakota Institute, part of the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, Washburn, N.D.



Officers shoot, kill man after confrontation

DULUTH -- Two Duluth police officers fatally shot an armed man early Tuesday after a traffic crash.

Just before 2 a.m. officers responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash in the area of Orange Street and Arlington Avenue. The driver had fled the scene, according to a news release.

Two officers responded to the area of the 300 block of East Locust Street where the vehicle's registered owner lives. One officer encountered a 26-year-old Duluth man armed with a handgun.

The officer radioed for assistance and shouted commands at the man. The second officer in the area arrived to help, and both officers repeated loud verbal commands to attempt to get the subject to comply. The encounter lasted for more than three minutes. When the officers attempted to take the man into custody, he reached for the area where the gun was located. Both officers fired weapons, hitting the man. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have not released his name pending positive identification and full family notifications.


Police chase hits 100 mph, man arrested

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - A man led authorities here on a high-speed chase when they tried to arrest him on two felony warrants earlier today, police allege.

According to a news release from Detroit Lakes Police Chief Tim Eggebraaten:

At about 11:24 a.m., officers found Anthony Lee Libby, 26, of Park Rapids, near the Minnesota Metal Works on Richwood Road in Detroit Lakes.

When officers converged on Libby's vehicle, he drove past the officers and headed north on Becker County Highway 21.

An attempt to use a PIT maneuver, a "pursuit intervention technique," was unsuccessful and officers began chasing Libby. A PIT maneuver is meant to push a suspect's car sideways, stopping the car.

Speeds during the chase were about 70 mph, and at times, more than 100 mph.

Spike strips were deployed during the chase and another PIT maneuver was used but police were still unable to stop Libby. Libby was eventually arrested at a home just north of State Highway 113, about 10 miles east of Waubun in Mahnomen County.

Three police cars received minor damage as did Libby's vehicle.

Two warrants on Libby were related to drug and vehicle thefts charges.

Libby is now in the Becker County Jail and may be facing additional charges for allegedly trying to elude police, Eggebraaten said.