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News Briefs: Victim in fatal crash near Regal identified

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

Victim in fatal crash near Regal identified

REGAL, Minn. –– The victim of a fatal two-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon near Regal has been identified.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office said David Andrew Mattson, 21, of Paynesville, was killed in the crash, which also injured two other men that were in the same vehicle.

Sgt. Eric Tollefson said the other two individuals were also from the Paynesville area. Their names have not been released.

The accident was reported at 4 p.m. Saturday about two miles south of Regal

Tollefson said the crash involved a a heavy-duty one-ton commercial work truck with a driver and two passengers, and a BMW four-door sedan.

Both vehicles ended up in a drainage ditch in about 3 feet of water.

The three men in the BMW had to be extricated from the vehicle.

No one in the truck was injured.

Family members of Minnesota man killed in Ukraine crash

WILLMAR, Minn. –– A Willmar man’s brother and sister-in-law were among the victims in the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 last week in Ukraine.

Drew Ryder, who is the president of Feedlogic Corp. at the MinnWest Technology Campus, said his brother and sister-in-law, Arjen and Yvonne Ryder, were on board the plane.

“Lost my oldest brother and sister in law on Flight MH17,” Ryder wrote on Twitter on Friday. “Gutted. But also believe they are in a better place.”

The couple had been visiting family in the Netherlands and was on their way back home to Australia when the plane was shot down over Ukraine.

All 298 passengers and crew were killed in the crash.

Ryder said his brother had three grown children and grandchildren, who live in Australia.

Man sentenced for hunting violations

BAUDETTE, Minn. -- A Baudette man will serve 90 days in jail and lose his hunting privileges for three years as part of his sentence for illegal bear and deer hunting activities.

Keith R. Slick, 33, was sentenced July 9 in Lake of the Woods County Court on numerous counts including felony fleeing in a motor vehicle, gross misdemeanor second degree driving while intoxicated, gross misdemeanor transporting a big game animal, lending/borrowing a bear license, two counts of taking/possessing an over-limit of bear and one count of failing to register a bear,  a news release by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.

Sentencing included 90 days in jail, 30 days electronic home monitoring and 120 hours of community service.

Fines and restitution totaled $2,090. The court reported that $11,000 in fines and fees and a one year jail sentence were stayed pending successful completion of probation. Conditions of probation include no firearms possession or drinking for three years.

A forfeited rifle and bow used in the violations will be sold at a state auction later this year.

Anyone witnessing a fish or wildlife violation is encouraged to contact the 24-hour, toll-free Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 800-652-9093. Cell phone users can dial #TIP.

Minnesota’s cheapest gas found in Hibbing

And the cheapest gas prices in Minnesota are in … Hibbing?

A heated gas war on parts of the Iron Range is a prime example of how gas price this summer have bucked the usual seasonal upward trend and instead moved downward.

In Hibbing, where gas prices have been below the state average for more than a week, prices hit $3.23 per gallon at many stations Monday, vying with a couple of northern Twin Cities stations for the lowest in the state.

The average prices for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Minnesota dropped to $3.40.9 on average, according to That’s down from $3.50 a week ago, $3.59 a month ago and down a quarter per gallon from $3.65 per gallon this day last year.

Nationally, gas prices hit $3.56 per gallon on average, down from $3.60 a week ago, $3.67 a month ago and $3.67 one year ago. gets reports from 2,856 gas outlets across Minnesota each day.


Parenting initiative will appear on November ballot

BISMARCK – North Dakota voters will decide in November on a ballot measure that would create a law providing for equal parenting rights and decision-making responsibility in child custody cases, Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Monday.

Sponsors needed the signatures of 13,452 qualified voters to get the measure on the Nov. 4 ballot. They submitted 15,001 signatures in June, and Jaeger’s office verified 14,452 of the signatures.

The measure would amend state law to create the presumption that each parent in a custody case is a fit parent and entitled to be awarded equal parental rights and responsibilities by a court “unless there is clear and convincing evidence to the contrary.” The measure also would provide a definition of equal parenting time.

North Dakota voters rejected a similar ballot measure in 2006.

The measure is the first initiated petition to be approved for the Nov. 4 ballot. The four measures previously placed on the ballot were done so through resolutions passed by the Legislature.

Towner man killed in rollover accident

TOWNER, N.D. -- A Towner man was killed in a rollover accident Sunday morning in McHenry County.

Wade Tiffany, 35, was driving about a mile north of Towner when his 2003 Chevrolet pickup went partially off the west shoulder of the road. Tiffany overcorrected and spun off the road into the east ditch.

The vehicle rolled into the ditch and came to rest on the driver's side against the trees. Tiffany was not wearing a seatbelt and died immediately of his injuries.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol and McHenry County Sheriff's Department are investigating the crash and believe alcohol may have been a contributing factor.

Truck’s load strikes bridge structure

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- A truck traveling on U.S. Highway 85 hit the top portion of the Long X Bridge that spans the Little Missouri River on Friday evening, according to authorities.

“I believe it hit the top portion from the beginning to the end of the bridge,” said Katie Pizza, public information officer for the Williston District North Dakota Department of Transportation.

The driver, carrying equipment, hit the overhead beams of the bridge, which is located about 16 miles south of Watford City.

Pizza said a bridge inspection team reported there was minimal damage to the bridge.

Man sentenced for Medina bank robbery

FARGO -- A Dickinson man was sentenced Monday to 12½  years in federal prison for the robbery of Northland Financial bank in Medina.

Rendell Charles Hardy, 41, and co-defendant Satrone Rashard Boyd, 38, were convicted of robbing the bank wearing Halloween masks on Oct. 25, 2013. Hardy, armed with a handgun, demanded money from bank employees. The two then fled in a stolen vehicle.

Surveillance video of Jamestown’s Star Lite Motel showed the men throwing the masks and a set of keys into a dumpster. Officers later apprehended Hardy in Dickinson.

State legislator dies

WAHPETON, N.D. -- A North Dakota state legislator died Friday at his Minnesota lake home.

John Wall, 70, of Wahpeton had served District 25 as a Republican since 2005. He was vice chairman of the House Agriculture Committee and served on the Education Committee.

He was a native of Enderlin. Services will be Thursday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Wahpeton.

In a statement, Gov. Jack Dalrymple said he “worked closely with John on the improvement of K-12 education funding and education policy in general. He was an outstanding legislator, but more importantly, he was a very kind and thoughtful person who will be truly missed by everyone.”