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News Briefs: Police mum as they investigate fatal methadone overdose

Editor;'s note: The following is a collection of news briefs from Forum Communication Company newspapers in North Dakota and Minnesota. MINNESOTA Police mum as they investigate fatal methadone overdose NEWPORT, Minn. -- Authorities say a man died...

Editor;'s note: The following is a collection of news briefs from Forum Communication Company newspapers in North Dakota and Minnesota.

MINNESOTA

Police mum as they investigate fatal methadone overdose

NEWPORT, Minn. -- Authorities say a man died of a reported methadone overdose in Newport over the weekend, but were tight-lipped as they continued investigating this week.

Newport police officers were called early Saturday to an apartment complex for a 32-year-old man who had reportedly overdosed on methadone, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office and Newport police. He died later at a hospital.

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Police identified him Tuesday as Dennis K. Tarmuat, who lived at the complex.

A 42-year-old woman who also lives in the complex was arrested on suspicion of third-degree murder without intent to cause death and third-degree controlled substance. She was expected to be released Tuesday without charges but pending further investigation, according to the Washington County Attorney's Office. She was still considered a suspect.

Fred Fink, lead Washington County prosecutor, declined to discuss details of the case, citing the ongoing investigation. Newport Police Chief Curt Montgomery said he was asked by the prosecutors not to discuss the case.

Authorities were awaiting autopsy and toxicology results.

Cottage View Drive-In sign, equipment to be preserved

COTTAGE GROVE , Minn. -- The iconic Cottage View Drive-In marquee that has welcomed outdoor cinema-goers for nearly five decades will soon be en route to the Little Log House Pioneer Village in Hastings.

A deal was struck Monday between the city of Cottage Grove, drive-in owner Gerry Herringer and local preservationist Steve Bauer, sealing the fate of the now-closed outdoor theater.

Cottage Grove City Administrator Ryan Schroeder said agreements were being signed between Herringer and Bauer, and between Bauer and the city of Cottage Grove, in a strategic move that would allow the city to regain possession of the drive-in equipment in the future. The deal, Herringer said, gives Bauer the mega white screen, projection equipment and the famous cottage-shaped sign at no cost.

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The Cottage View Drive-In closed last fall. Now, with plans to build a 177,000-square-foot Walmart and other retail centers, tentatively dubbed Shoppes at Cottage View, the symbols of a bygone era must go.

Schroeder said he expects the drive-in items to be removed by May 8.

As part of the deal, Bauer will refurbish the 1960s sign to its original form and plans to replace all the neon work with new bulbs. Should the city of Cottage Grove request the sign back, Bauer will be reimbursed $9,000 to help defer upgrade and relocation costs.

NORTH DAKOTA

Firm announces Watford City office

WATFORD CITY, N.D. - Minneapolis-based Oppidan Investment Co., a national property development firm, announced Tuesday it will open an office in Watford City.

In the past year, Oppidan has invested more than $150 million to develop retail and residential properties throughout the Bakken region. The office will be located in Watford Plaza, the company's 120,000-square-foot commercial development under construction at the intersection of highways 85 and 23.

Confirmed tenants for the development include Cash Wise Foods, Alco, Happy Rice Buffet and Red Wing Shoes. The development is expected to open in July.

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