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BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum has combined the state Labor Department and Job Service North Dakota leader’s role into one job. Filling the position will be Labor Commissioner Michelle Kommer, who will also serve as Job Service North Dakota executive director. Kommer had been serving as interim executive director of Job Service since Aug. 22, following the resignation of Cheri Giesen.
RAPID CITY, S.D.—A 31-year-old man killed on Interstate 90 in South Dakota last Thursday night when his van hit a charter bus that was stalled in the middle of the road with no lights on has been identified. He was Cade Stensland of Larchwood, Iowa, in the far northwest corner of Iowa, who died at the scene of the crash. Stensland, who was wearing a seatbelt, was driving a 2013 Ford E-250 van. The crash occurred 20 miles east of Rapid City at 8:45 p.m. when the bus carrying 56 passengers lost all power.
WILLISTON, N.D.—The English bulldog returned to a family four years after it was stolen in Williston is looking "happier and healthier" than the owners expected. "I was very surprised," said Pete Vachal, who picked up the dog 125 miles away in Minot at the police animal control office on Friday, Dec. 23.
RAPID CITY, S.D.—A 31-year-old man was killed on Interstate 90 in South Dakota Thursday night when he his van hit a charter bus that was stalled in the middle of the road with no lights on. The crash occurred 20 miles east of Rapid City at 8:45 p.m. when the bus carrying 56 passengers lost all power. The 2013 Motor Coach bus, driven by a 39-year-old woman, came to a stop in the middle of both interstate lanes with no lights were operating. The eastbound 2013 Ford E-250 van then rear-ended the bus, said the South Dakota State Patrol.
MINOT, N.D.— It'll be a very merry Christmas for a Williston family who had their dog stolen four years ago. It was found—125 miles away—just days before the upcoming holiday. Minot Animal Control Officer Tanya Mendelsohn recovered the English bulldog, and a cat, on Tuesday, Dec. 19, after being called to an abandoned home in Minot that police called a "drug house." It was littered with garbage, and there was no food or water for the animals.
BISMARCK – A 73-year-old west-central North Dakota man was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison on Wednesday, Dec. 20, for multiple child molestation offenses. Lonnie Dale Spotted Bear, of Twin Buttes, had been found guilty in a three-day September trial of two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, one count of attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child, and one count of abusive sexual contact of a child.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Emma was the most popular name for newborn girls at Sanford Health’s 44 hospitals in 2017, while Jackson topped the list for boys. The other top four names were Lillian (Lily), Abigail (Abby), Nora (Norah) and Harper. For boys, the other top four names were Grayson (Greyson), Henry, Liam and Theodore. Emma and Jackson were also the most popular name across the health system in 2015.
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.