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BISMARCK -- Woodbury Financial Services Inc., a broker-dealer with headquarters in Oakdale, Minn., has agreed to pay $596,373 to 66 North Dakota investors victimized in a ponzi scheme operated by Kevin Wanner while he was an agent of the firm, according to state Securities Commissioner Karen Tyler.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Officials started using sound cannons on Tuesday, Dec. 19, to scare off Canada geese from the Sioux Falls Regional Airport. The goal of the program is to reduce the number of geese flying in and out of open fields to the west of the airport to prevent geese from striking windshields on jets or being sucked into engines.
CUSTER, S.D. -- An estimated 230 firefighters appear to be getting a handle on the wildfire that has been raging across Custer State Park in the southern Black Hills as of Friday, Dec. 15, with snow in the forecast for the weekend. The Legion Lake fire that has burned an estimated 53,875 acres since Monday was listed as 53 percent contained, a big improvement since the figure was at only 7 percent on Wednesday.
FARGO -- U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Chris Myers has been awarded an “outstanding prosecutor of the year” award for his work fighting drugs. It’s part of the 2018 High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area award program and he will be going to Washington, D.C., early next year to accept the honor. First Assistant U.S. Attorney Keith Reisenauer said the award reflects excellence in drug law
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Three people from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., have been arrested on felony charges and accused of breaking windows on vehicles and stealing purses, a handgun and other items from vehicles in Sioux Falls and Brookings. Arrested were Christopher Sharard Davis, 35, Carlton Lewis Brown, 29, and Tirrany Nicole Reddick, 32.
ABERDEEN, S.D. -- A federal jury has found a Milwaukee, Wis., man guilty of six counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and abusive sexual contact with a child for repeatedly sexually abusing two minor victims for more than a two-year period. The verdict for DaShown Keys, 25, was returned on Thursday, Dec. 7, in federal court in Aberdeen.
BOWMAN, ND – The U.S. Department of Labor has debarred a North Dakota grain and cattle farming operation for three years from participating in the temporary ag worker visa program. The department said Lambourn Farm in the far southwest corner of the state near Bowman violated the H-2A program provisions and failed to cooperate with department investigators.
ATHOL, S.D. -- A northeast South Dakota farmer has agreed to pay the federal government $180,000 for fraud involving a livestock forage disaster program. In the case, Jason Sparling of Athol had submitted an application for a drought disaster payment to the Department of Agriculture for a loss of grazing during the summer of 2014. Based on his statements, he received $94,696 through the Livestock Forage Disaster Program.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Department of Transportation is warning residents about potential scams that are taking place targeting motor vehicle and driver’s license customers. The department said the main thing to know is that the only legitimate website to do business when renewing driver’s licenses or renewing motor vehicle tabs is dot.nd.gov .
BISMARCK --- A 70-year-old man is dead after falling through the ice into a canal near a boat landing on Hoge Island on the Missouri River about seven miles northwest of Bismarck. The Burleigh County Sheriff's Department said they were called for a welfare check on the man earlier in the day on Thursday, Dec. 7.