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From the Forum Communications News Bureau

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Annual Appreciation Day Wednesday at vets home

LISBON, N.D. - Volunteers with the North Dakota National Guard will show their appreciation to the men and women in the state who served before them during the annual Veterans Appreciation Day on Wednesday here at the North Dakota Veterans Home.

Guardsmen from across the state donated funds to purchase gifts for the 129 residents of the home.

This year, Tech Sgt. Tracy Zidon coordinated the effort. Master Sgt. Kathleen Shasky and Kristi Clifton, the 119th Wing's director of psychological health, volunteered their time to purchase gifts on the veterans' wish lists, and other volunteers wrapped gifts.


Gate City Bank branch on S. University robbed

FARGO - Police here are looking for the man who robbed a south Fargo bank Monday afternoon.

Lt. Joel Vettel says a man in his 50s entered Gate City Bank at 1501 S. University Dr. around 4:05 p.m., indicated he had a weapon and demanded cash.

Several employees were on hand at the time, Vettel said, and after handing over an unknown sum of money, the man left on foot in a northeastern direction. No one was injured.

The suspect is described as a white male with gray hair and a beard, roughly 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He was wearing a camouflage hooded jacket, a light blue baseball hat and blue jeans.

Lettuce project asks for loan

JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- Organizers of Endless Harvest, the controlled-environment agriculture lettuce project planned for Jamestown, are looking for $2 million in loans from local development agencies to get the project off the ground.

Endless Harvest would construct a greenhouse near Jamestown to grow lettuce for the Northern Plains market. Lance Brower, a consultant for Endless Harvest, presented an update on the plans and the request for funding at the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. Executive Board meeting Monday.

Costs for the project's first phase were pegged at about $12 million, Brower said.



Cars strikes, kills man who had been left at roadside

BROOK PARK, Minn. -- Authorities say a pedestrian who was hit by a car and fatally injured in Pine County on Sunday evening had been drinking and fought with a relative -- who abandoned him along a road -- before he was hit.

Ryan A. Lockhart, 23, of St. Paul, was hit on Minnesota Highway 23 near Wildwood Road in Brook Park. He died at Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Lockhart was hit by a westbound Toyota Prius about 8:20 p.m. The roads were icy. The 71-year-old driver remained at the scene and was not charged with any crime, according to the Pine County Sheriff's Office.

A preliminary investigation by the sheriff's office indicated that Lockhart and a male relative had been drinking at a local tavern and left together. While driving home, the two men argued, stopped the pickup, got out of the truck and scuffled.

The relative drove away, leaving Lockhart along the road. Footprints indicate he walked down a county road and onto Highway 23, where he was struck by the car.


MSUM fundraising group hits new record

MOORHEAD, Minn. - The Minnesota State University Moorhead Alumni Foundation raised more than $5 million the past fiscal year, a fundraising record for the nonprofit foundation that supports scholarships, academic programs and alumni events.

More than 4,000 people and organizations contributed to the foundation the past fiscal year, which ended June 30. The total cash and pledges was more than double the previous year's totals.


Suspects in bank heist appear in court

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Court records say two men accused of robbing a Kelliher bank have admitted to their roles in the robbery.

Cody Lowell Troy, 19, of Mizpah, is charged with felony first-degree aggravated robbery. Travis Michael Burns, 20, of Kelliher, is charged with aiding and abetting first-degree aggravated robbery Both men appeared in Beltrami County District Court on Monday.

The criminal complaints allege that Troy walked into First State Bank of Bigfork in Kelliher on Dec. 10 carrying a short-barreled, pump-action shotgun "and pointed the gun directly at the bank teller," the complaint states. The teller placed more than $4,000 in the suspect's bag, according the complaint, and fled in a pickup driven by Burns.


Man charged after rollover injures 5

PARK RAPIDS, Minn. - Charges have been filed after a vehicle rollover early Friday morning injured all five occupants of the car.

According to a press release from the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office, a 2006 Cadillac rolled at 1:46 a.m. Friday on County Road 45. The car, driven by Grant Gustafson, 25, of Walker, was going fast when it left the roadway and struck an approach, according to the press release.

All of the occupants were taken to Sanford Medical Center in Bemidji.

Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes didn't release the names of the other occupants.

Hubbard County Attorney Donovan Dearstyne said Monday Gustafson was charged with three counts of felony criminal vehicle operation, causing substantial bodily harm, and one count of felony criminal vehicular operation, causing great bodily harm, as well as a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.