ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) - Police have connected a burglary at an animal hospital to a Fargo couple who died after a shootout with a sheriff's deputy in Minnesota. They say there's evidence that Devin Blowers and Katie Christopherson stole medicine from the animal hospital. The couple was found dead last month in what's believed to be a murder-suicide.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's top law enforcer and the state's Public Service Commission chairman are facing Democratic challengers. Fargo businessman Todd Reisenauer will run for the PSC seat held by Republican Brian Kalk. Grand Forks attorney Kiara Kraus-Parr has launched a campaign for attorney general, a position Republican Wayne Stenehjem (STEHN'-juhm) has held since 2000. Democrats hold their state convention later this month.
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - The cleanup of an old diesel fuel spill in Mandan is almost complete. More than 300 wells that have been sucking up the spilled fuel for nearly a decade will be shut down in the spring. The spill was discovered in the mid-1980s. BNSF Railway agreed to pay more than $30 million to settle a lawsuit. Some of that has been used for the wells.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The mountain snowpack in the Missouri River's upper basin is close to levels seen before the devastating floods of 2011 but the Army Corps of Engineers isn't expecting that to happen again this year. Officials say reservoirs in the Dakotas and Montana have more capacity following the 2012 drought and there isn't as much snow on the plains as three years ago when water swamped farmland in a half-dozen states.
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