WAHPETON, N.D. — Scupper the Golden Retriever stood alert on the bow of a flat-bottom boat Tuesday afternoon on the Wild Rice River. He was trying to pick up a scent, but a stiff breeze complicated his efforts. “Today is a poor day for working the dog because of the amount of wind,” said Pete Fendt, a Valley Water Rescue team member who took a turn in the bow, probing the brown waters with a long pole, to no avail. It was another day of unsuccessful searching for 20-year-old Andrew Sadek, a North Dakota State College of Science student last seen about 2 a.m.
FARGO — Razor blades, drugs of all kinds, homemade hooch, toothbrush handles sharpened into deadly weapons – these are just some of the illicit items local jailers find while searching inmates and their cells. Cpl. Kris Kevorkian of the Cass County Jail keeps a collection of this sort of contraband stored in a green lockbox. Now and then, he takes it out to teach new correctional officers what to look for during pat-down searches, a process inmates often try to thwart. “As soon as you get to a point where you’re getting to find something, they’ll start talking. They’ll move a certain way.
FARGO — North Dakota’s congressional delegation told local officials Saturday they’re working to fast-track tougher regulations on oil tank cars while also pushing for a closer look at all aspects of rail safety in light of the derailment and explosion of a train hauling Bakken crude last month near Casselton, N.D. The biggest obstacle to enacting new regulations for tank cars is the slow pace of the federal bureaucracy, Rep.