MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A winter storm has dumped nearly a foot of snow in western Minnesota as it sweeps across the Upper Midwest. The National Weather Service says around 10.5 to 11 inches of snow had fallen in the Moorhead-Alexandria area by mid-afternoon Thursday. Tthe snow breaks just northwest of the Twin Cities around Elk River. Blustery winds are causing blizzard conditions in Jamestown, North Dakota, and in northern South Dakota. The storm is expected to weaken during Thursday night into Friday morning.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has granted a permit for an updated plan of a Red River diversion project meant to protect the flood-prone Fargo-Moorhead area. The DNR denied a permit for the original project in 2016. The new design would reduce the impact on farmland in North Dakota’s Richland County and Minnesota’s Wilkin County. The permit includes more than 50 conditions governing project design and construction.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A human rights law firm has won access to documents reflecting a Louisiana sheriff’s office participation in the response to 2016 protests against a North Dakota crude oil pipeline. A state appeals court Thursday reversed an earlier decision by a state district court that ruled against the Center for Constitutional Rights’ public records request regarding St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne’s trip to North Dakota in connection with the Dakota Access Pipeline.
DENVER (AP) – National Guard soldiers from Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah are deploying to Fort Meade, Maryland, as part of a cyber protection team supporting U.S. military operations in Afghanistan. The Colorado guard said Thursday Cyber Protection Team 174 will help the Defense Department with network security and cyber defensive operations. The deployment will last a year.