Dakota Dragnet

Two U.S. marshals are slain

The quaint notion that government is both evil and unnecessary has had its principled advocates for centuries. But a modern-day group championing that impractical idea saw its claims to respectability vanish one day last week in an eruption of automatic rifle fire just before sunset on a normally quiet North Dakota prairie. In less than a minute, Kenneth Muir, 53, chief U.S. marshal in the state, and Deputy Marshal Robert Cheshire Jr., 32, had been killed. Deputy Marshal James Hopson, 59, was rushed to a hospital in critical condition....

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