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FARGO — The talk of the NFL has signed another endorsement contract. Philadelphia rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, who has led the Eagles to a 3-0 record and amazed analysts and fans with his play, inked a five-year deal with regional health-care giant Sanford Health. The contract calls for him to do personal appearances and ads for TV, social media, print and radio. He will also be able to use Sanford POWER athletic performance training facilities while he is home in Bismarck and Fargo, according to the contract.
FARGO—Luke Jordan started his 4,600-mile hike across America's north country in late March at Lake Sakakawea in central North Dakota in what he described as "extreme cold." "Then it snowed almost every day," he said. That was three years ago that the Lowell, Mich., man, who is one of 12 people so far to hike the entire North Country National Scenic Trail, accomplished his feat at age 22 after he graduated from college. He's now 25 and working for the National Park Service in Lowell, in an office next door to the trail's national headquarters.
WILLISTON, N.D. --- A new $70 million, technology-savvy, three-story Williston High School has opened its doors. Teachers moved into the 225,000 square-foot building sitting on almost 40 acres earlier this month, but the school's 1,200 students moved in this week to the 50 classrooms, designed with technology in mind. The school was built as enrollment has climbed by about 40 percent in the past years with no let up is in sight, according to superintendent Michael Campbell.
STURGIS, S.D.— Stirred up bees from an apiary at a home in Sturgis during the motorcycle rally over the weekend sent three people to the hospital. Sturgis police said the bees stung the beekeeper at his home where the bees were being kept and also two police officers who responded to the scene. One officer was stung 47 times. Police said Sunday night all three men were doing fine after undergoing treatment after the incident on Friday night about 7 p.m. when officers responded to a call where Italian and Russian honey bees had been "stirred up."
STURGIS, S.D.—As the 76th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally officially started today, Aug. 8, there were no fatal crashes reported so far as of Monday afternoon, compared to last year when six motorcyclists had died already in the weekend before. There were, however, several serious injury accidents, 47 drunken driving arrests and 67 drug arrests as of Monday morning.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers accusing the federal agency of violating the National Historic Preservation Act and other laws after it issued final permits this week for a crude oil pipeline stretching from North Dakota to Illinois. The tribe, based in Fort Yates, N.D., with members also in South Dakota, is seeking an injunction to stay the pipeline's construction until its case can be heard. Represented by Earthjustice, the tribe filed the lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Washington D.C
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—The office of U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds in downtown Sioux Falls was broken into Tuesday night and a suspect has been arrested. According to a report from Sioux Falls police, items taken from the Republican senator's office were books, pens, a flag stand and other office supplies. An earlier report that a computer hard drive was also taken from Rounds' office was mistaken. The hard drive found in the alley near the office at 320 North Main Ave. was from a civil engineer office that was in the same suite next door that was also burglarized.
MINOT, N.D.—A man sought for seven months in what is believed to have been a gang-related killing in downtown Minot has been arrested. Minot police were notified Friday about 3:15 p.m. that Johnny Norwood, 26, was arrested in Las Vegas on an outstanding warrant. He is charged with the murder of Roger Falana, 30, of Minot last Nov. 29. Norwood fled following the incident and has been sought on the warrant.
MINOT, N.D.—A fake email telling a Towner, N.D., man he owed money for a traffic violation in Minot he never had has been received and caused concern among law enforcement. McHenry County Chief Deputy Dustin Welstad said the man received the email through his work email in Minot. The email was headed "Notice of Traffic Violation" and supposedly came from the "Department of Motor Vehicles" using a fake email address of email@example.com . The email said the man had a traffic violation and that a payment must be received within 72 hours.
SPEARFISH, S.D.—About 470 firefighters from Alaska to Michigan are fighting a pesky fire in the northwestern Black Hills near Spearfish that covers about 1,200 acres of forestland and is only 5 percent contained. As of Wednesday night, about 10 homes, cabins or other structures were in immediate danger in the Crow Peak fire area about four miles west of Spearfish and have been evacuated.