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BISMARCK -- A longtime hunger fighter has been named the 2018 Woman of the Year by the North Dakota Women’s Network. Karen Ehrens of Bismarck is a health and nutrition consultant, registered dietitian, and policy advocate. She connects groups working to provide food and end hunger in North Dakota. She is a longtime ND Women’s Network member and is vice-chair of the Bismarck-Mandan League of Women Voters.
MINOT, N.D. -- A 13-year-old Minot girl who was riding a bike that wasn’t equipped with brakes was hit by a vehicle while she was crossing busy U.S. Highway 2 in Minot last Tuesday night just after dark., according to a report released Friday, July 27, by the North Dakota Highway Patrol. She was taken to Trinity Hospital in Minot by ambulance, but her injuries weren’t serious.
BISMARCK -– Despite a report that the state doesn’t have any “persistently dangerous schools,” State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is planning a series of public meetings across North Dakota in the next few months to listen to public comment on how to improve school safety. The meetings will also include other education, emergency services and law enforcement partners
SIOUX FALLS -- A Sioux Falls prisoner who was accidentally released on Monday because he had the same name as another inmate that was supposed to be set free has turned himself in. Adrian Ray Watson, 28, of Sioux Falls returned to the Minnehaha County Jail on Thursday, July 26, about 11 p.m. He was being held on $2,500 bail, but jail officials made an error and released him. He was in jail on charges of assault and robbery.
PIERRE, S.D. — A 30-year-old Dickinson, N.D., man has been sentenced to almost three years in federal prison for possessing explosives, some shipped in from Mexico. Nathaniel Johnson was sentenced on Wednesday, July 25, to 33 months in custody in Pierre after he was caught with a South Dakota man while they were on the run from the law in Reliance in south-central South Dakota.
ZELL, S.D. – A 55-year-old man died Tuesday, July 24, in a motorcycle crash two miles west of Zell in north-central South Dakota. The name of the deceased is not being released pending notification of family. He was the only occupant. His 2016 Harley Davidson was westbound on U.S. Highway 212 when the driver drifted off the road and entered the north ditch.
MANDAN, N.D. -- Mandan police have found the second dog involved in an attack on two people Sunday night in Mandan. In an email sent Monday night, Lt. Pat Haug said police had taken the male pit bull into custody. Police said Monday that two pit bulls were involved in the attack on two people in northwest Mandan. Both people sustained "significant" but not life-threatening injuries to their legs and feet, and went to a hospital.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A 28-year-old inmate who was wrongly released from a county jail in Sioux Falls because he had the same name as another prisoner is still on the run more than a day later. Adrian Ray Watson was accidentally freed from the Minnehaha County Jail on Monday, July 23, when staff mixed him up with another prisoner by the same name who was to be released on a personal recognizance bond ordered by the court.. Both of the men were from Sioux Falls.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- A 16-year-old boy was ejected out of the back of a pickup and died as he and a group of other teenagers were traveling down a roadway with washboard ruts near Williston on Saturday night, July 21. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said the GMC Sierra pickup was traveling northbound on the rough road about one mile northwest of Williston about 10:25 p.m.when the accident occurred.
SIOUX FALLS -- Minnehaha County Jail staff in Sioux Falls are looking for an inmate who was wrongly released on Monday, July 23. Warden Jeff Gromer said prisoner Adrian Ray Watson, a 27-year-old charged with robbery and assault, was released from custody because staff mixed him up with another inmate who had the same name and was supposed to be let go. Authorities are looking for Watson.