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The following is a collection of news briefs from Forum Communication Company newspapers in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.


Lifeguard training required

ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law Wednesday a bill establishing standards for lifeguards at public beaches.

The new law, which overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate, requires CPR training and lifeguard certification. The law applies to beaches run by local governments such as cities, but not the three state-owned beaches.

Man reportedly cuts himself in standoff with police

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- A 25-year-old man was taken to a hospital Wednesday after reportedly cutting himself with a knife during a short standoff with police in Detroit Lakes.

Police said that shortly after noon, officers were called to the Central Market grocery store for a disturbance involving a knife.

Detroit Lakes police Sgt. Chad Glander said the man fled on foot before officers found him on the north side of the Essentia Health building in the downtown area.

Glander said there was a short standoff before the man was taken into custody and brought to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Hospital with a non-life-threatening, self-inflicted laceration.

No officers were hurt.

North Dakota

Dickinson State president a finalist for Wisconsin job

DICKINSON, N.D. -- Dickinson State University President D.C. Coston is in the running for the chancellor position at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

UW System President Ray Cross announced five finalists for the position Wednesday after a nearly four-month search.

Wisconsin-Stout received its polytechnic designation in 2007, and whoever is selected will take the university to “the next level,” said Nelu Ghenciu, head of the 21-member search committee

Coston and the other finalists will visit the campus this week and have a final interview May 21 with Cross and the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents.

The new chancellor will succeed Charles W. Sorensen, who announced in December that he will retire in August after 26 years.

The other finalists are Bryan D. Albrecht, president and chief executive officer of Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wis.; Richard S. Lapidus, dean of the College of Business Administration at California State Polytechnic University; Margaret E. Madden, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York at Potsdam; and

Robert M. Meyer, president of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Shell Lake.

Man dies on well site south of Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. -- A 20-year-old man died this week at a well site 5 miles south of Williston.

Zachary Buckles was found unresponsive at the site sometime between Sunday night and about 5 a.m. Monday, said Eric Brooks, area director for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Buckles apparently was performing tank gauging operations at the time. He was employed by Black Gold Testing, a subcontractor on the Continental Resources-leased site. Continental spokeswoman Kristin Thomas Miskovsky confirmed in an email that Buckles was a flowtester working on a Continental well site.

An OSHA investigator was on site later Monday.

This is the 38th oilfield death investigated by OSHA since fiscal year 2010, Brooks said.

‘Why Not, Minot’ reality show in the works

MINOT, N.D. -- The city of Minot is about to get real.

The cable television network Bravo has announced a reality show based on the city and the growing wealth of individuals cashing in on the oil boom.

According to a news release, the city of Minot is the scene of a “modern day Gold Rush with individuals and families from all over the country flocking to this unexpectedly wealthy area for a chance to strike it rich and ask ‘Why Not, Minot?’ ”

Little information, other than a working title of “Why Not, Minot?,” has been released because the show is still under development. It’s also unclear when it might be televised.

The show will be produced by Leftfield Entertainment, which also produces other hit reality shows such as “Pawn Stars,” “American Restoration” and “Counting Cars.”

City officials have not been in contact with the production company or the network.

“We haven’t been contacted by anyone,” said public information officer Bob Lindy. “They haven’t filed for filming permits. We don’t even know if they’re required.”

The Bravo network is owned by NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

Paddlefish snagging, spearfishing begin today

DICKINSON, N.D. -- Paddlefish snagging and spearfishing seasons start today, both expected to gain even more traction as the oil boom draws more anglers to western North Dakota.

Scott Gangl, fisheries management section leader for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said growing interest is reflected by subtle rule changes this year.

According to the department, paddlefish snagging rule changes include:

-- Daily snagging hours will now last from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

-- There will be a 24-hour notice to close the season, rather than a 36-hour notice.

-- After the season officially ends, the snag-and-release period will last four days, down from seven days.

-- All paddlefish snagged and tagged must be removed from the river by 9 p.m.

-- Snagging harvest days will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Other days will be set aside for snag-and-release.

The snagging season ends when 1,000 fish are caught.

The spearfishing season will be extended through Nov. 30. Gangl emphasized safety while spearfishing, one of the oldest fishing methods, as well as focusing on rough fish like carp and buffalo only.

Man faces multiple felony charges after chase

JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- A 37-year-old Hazen man faces numerous charges after an alleged robbery of a purse and chase Friday in Jamestown.

Darrell Boggs faces 19 charges, including 13 felonies, in Stutsman and Barnes counties, including robbery, drug charges, weapons charges, driving offenses and attempting to flee a police officer.

According to court documents, Jamestown police were called at 5:52 p.m. Friday after a report that a man had taken a purse from a woman walking to her car near a credit union. A 17-year-old boy allegedly took her purse, knocked the woman to the ground and jumped into an SUV allegedly driven by Boggs. A witness followed the SUV in his own vehicle.

A North Dakota state trooper eventually pulled the vehicle over on Interstate 94. The SUV sped off and eventually got off I-94 and drove north into Barnes County, where it became stuck in a slough. Boggs and the juvenile were arrested as they tried to run off, according to court documents.

Boggs made his initial appearance Tuesday in Southeast District Court in Jamestown.

No information was available about charges against the juvenile.

South Dakota

Man gets life sentence for murdering fiancée

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. -- A man accused of fatally shooting his fiancée in the head with a shotgun last year pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

Kent Davidson, 37, was charged with killing 26-year-old Crystal Schulz in March 2013.

His prison sentence carries no possibility of parole.

Judge Bruce Anderson also ordered that Davidson pay restitution to the victims as compiled by the court services officer.

Davidson's face often twitched as he answered Anderson's questions after his plea at the Brule County Courthouse.

As Schulz's mother, Agnes Clement, gave her victim impact statement, Davidson looked at her once and held a tissue to his mouth and wiped away a few tears.

Schulz’s body was found March 14, 2013, in a shed at her mother’s residence in rural Chamberlain. Court documents said Davidson killed Schulz because she was planning to end their relationship.

Davidson was arrested after a standoff with law enforcement at a Sioux Falls apartment.