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January 16, 2019

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Similarities in stories of two missing girls ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (FNS) — The news of Jayme Closs being found alive hit Sarah Block pretty hard, and was eerily all too familiar. The Alexandria woman is the mother of Jasmine Block, who after 29 days, escaped from the three men who kidnapped her and held her hostage in a vacant house in rural Grant County, about 20 miles from Alexandria. That all happened less than a year and a half ago. The story of these two young girls, who were both abducted, held cap- tive and who both bravely escaped their captors, brought tears – lots of tears – to Sarah Block. "When I heard about Jayme's re- turn, it reminded me so much of Jas- mine," Block said. "It brought back all my memories. I'd cry and then I'd cry again. It reminded me of the whole overwhelming experience." Closs is the 13-year-old who was abducted after her parents were bru- tally murdered in their home in Bar- ron, Wis. She was missing for more than 80 days when she escaped and was found last Thursday, Jan. 10. "She escaped and then ran up to someone and asked for help. Jas- mine did that, too," Block said. "The guy who kidnapped Jayme kept her hidden when people would come over. That is what happened to Jas- mine, too. Jasmine was locked in a closet. And I just found out that Jayme's favorite color is blue. That is Jasmine's favorite color." Block said even though there were so many similarities to the teenage girls' stories, there is one big differ- ence: Closs doesn't have her parents to come home to. "Jayme lost her parents. She watched her parents get murdered," Block said. That sadness is what Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels has been thinking about since he heard the news of Closs being found alive. "This young lady doesn't have her parents. Jasmine was fortunate to have her mother," Wyffels said. "It really hit me hard that this girl doesn't even have her mommy, the one person most girls would want most. She doesn't have her dad, ei- ther. They are not there for her and that is sad." Total lunar eclipse will produce a rare Blood Moon on Sunday MINOT, N.D. (FNS) – If the skies are clear the view of a Blood Moon should be spectacular. A total lunar eclipse will occur Sunday night, Jan. 20, as the Earth will be positioned directly between the sun and a full moon. The result- ing effect will cause the usually bright full moon to take on a red- dish glow, known as a Blood Moon. The eclipse will begin at 9:33 p.m. Sunday as the Earth's shadow slow- ly begins to edge across the moon. Total eclipse will be achieved at 10:41 p.m. The eclipse will reach its maximum at precisely at 11:12 p.m. The moon will be well above the horizon Sunday night. If atmospher- ic conditions permit, good viewing of the Blood Moon will last for one hour and two minutes. Blood Moons are the result of some of the Sun's rays passing through the atmosphere, much like what oc- curs during sunrise and sunset. Red wavelengths are least affected by at- mospheric filtering and are respon- sible for giving the moon its reddish color during the eclipse. Heitkamp to join CNBC as contributor GRAND FORKS (FNS) – For- mer U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp an- nounced Tuesday on Twitter she is starting a new job as a CNBC con- tributor. Heitkamp, a Democrat from North Dakota, was defeated in her re-elec- tion bid by Republican Kevin Cra- mer in November. "Off to an interesting start! Look- ing forward to talking with you all as a @CNBC contributor. #NewBe- ginning," Heitkamp tweeted Tues- day, along with a photo of herself sitting in a panel in a studio. CNBC listed Heitkamp as a con- tributor on its website Tuesday. Heitkamp said Saturday she did not intend to run for governor in 2020 but would make "some an- nouncement" this week about her plans. Northern ND man gets 2 years for sexually assaulting child ROLLA, N.D. (FNS) — A Dunseith man will spend two years in prison for sexually assaulting a child. Gerald Belgarde was sentenced Monday morning, Jan. 14, in Rolette County District Court on a Class A felony gross sexual imposition charge. The maximum penalty was 20 years behind bars. A criminal complaint said Bel- garde touched a 7-year-old girl inap- propriately on July 30, 2017, in his home. On Oct. 29, Belgarde entered an Alford plea, which means the defen- dant does not admit to the act but acknowledges there is enough evi- dence to prove guilt. Belgarde will begin his two-year sentence Jan. 28. Driver, 18, arrested after 110 mph chase in Mandan MANDAN, N.D. (FNS) — A report of a reckless driver turned into a high-speed chase in Mandan on Monday, Jan. 15, with speeds reach- ing 110 mph, the North Dakota High- way Patrol said. The patrol said Devon Wheeler, 18, was eastbound and reportedly swerving before a trooper began pur- suit of the speeding vehicle by the Sunset exit on Interstate 94. Speeds increased to 110 mph before continu- ing on the Expressway where the driver eventually stopped and taken into custody, the patrol said. Charges are pending against Wheeler. At Home/Around the Region DAILY NEWS MEDIA | A8 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2019 State/Region For more news go to www.wahpetondailynews.com 122718 WWW.WAHPETONDAILYNEWS.COM Go to www.wahpetondailynews.com to Register or vote! Submit Photo: Jan. 15-Feb. 4 Photo Voting: Feb. 5-12 Prize will be awarded to the photo with the most votes! Grand prize sponsor Cutest Couple Photo Contest! Nominate 2018 Citizen of the Year P.O. Box 760 Wahpeton, ND, 58074 or e-mail: editor@wahpetondailynews.com P.O. Box 760 Wahpeton, ND, 58074 or e-mail: newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com Daily News Media and News-Monitor Media want to recognize our com- munity's best citizens through our "Citizen of the Year" award. Let's show our appreciation to someone in our community who's gone the extra mile, done more than expected and who deserves some special recognition. Please help us make sure all good candidates are considered. If you know someone who deserves this award, send us a letter describing that person's contributions and why you think he or she deserves it. Be sure to include your name and telephone number in case we need additional information. There's no particular format to follow, just say what needs to be said about the person you'd like to nominate. The deadline is Monday, January 21, 2019. SEND YOUR NOMINATIONS TO: Want the Daily News Media delivered to you via email? Sign up for our e-edition at WWW.WAHPETONDAILYNEWS.COM/APP/EDITION BY JULIE BEZENEK • DAILY NEWS MEDIA julieb@wahpetondailynews.com Temperatures may have been on the cool side last week, but that didn't stop Breckenridge Elementary students from getting excited to be outside. All physical education classes were held on the hill located by the Breck- enridge Family Community Center, 521 Sixth St. N. in Breckenridge, Min- nesota. The hill is only one block west of Breckenridge Elementary School. Sledding, most would agree, is a great way to spend class. Students en- joyed the ever-popular winter activity of sledding. They took turns zipping down the hill and trudging back up with their sleds for the next person to take the trip down. The students were bundled for the weather. When asked if they were cold and wanted to in, they apparently re- plied that they were not and wanted to stay outside. Students reportedly enjoyed sledding so much that many thought they'd only been outside for as little as 10 minutes. Thrills on the hill Breckenridge Elementary students enjoy sledding JULIE BEZENEK • DAILY NEWS MEDIA Breckenridge Elementary students took to the hills for class last week. They took turns zipping down on their sleds as part of physical education classes.

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