North Dakota man arrested after WE Fest stabbing


A Minot, North Dakota, man has been arrested following a stabbing of three Canadian men at WE Fest, near Detroit Lakes, Thursday morning.

WE Fest, an annual three-day country music festival, is one of the largest such festivals in the U.S. and draws nearly 45,000 people to the Soo Pass Ranch each year.

Becker County Sheriff Kelly Shannon told the Detroit Lakes News Tribune that a 32-year-old Minot man was apparently intoxicated when he used a handheld Taser to shock a few people at the Hilltop Campground near the road from WE Fest.

According to the report, Shannon said when those people later confronted him the altercation ensued.

"He took out a knife and started slashing them, and three of them received cuts on the arm," Shannon said.

Authorities were dispatched to the campground around 1:45 a.m Thursday. The three Canadian victims were taken to a hospital, they received stitches and were released.

KNSI reports the man is likely to be charged on Friday afternoon with multiple counts including felony assault with a weapon.

Some business owners complain WE Fest competes with the 4th of July, the biggest business period of the year for the area, InForum reports.

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