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PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota gubernatorial candidate Kristi Noem has selected a rancher and state legislator from the western part of the state as her running mate. Larry Rhoden, who currently is serving in the state House and ranches near Union Center in western South Dakota, would serve as lieutenant governor in the heavily Republican state.
THOMPSON, N.D. -- The forklift operator who was hit by a minivan a half-mile west of Thompson in northeast North Dakota and died on Monday, June 18, has been identified. The victim is Juan Contreras, 61, of Grand Forks. He was driving the forklift about 12:55 p.m. on North Dakota Highway 15 when he was rear-ended by a minivan driven by Marilyn Pederson, 80, of nearby Northwood. Charges against her are under investigation, said the North Dakota State Patrol, which is investigating the case.
MILBANK, S.D. – An older couple has died and another man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash Monday, June 18, four miles north of Milbank in far northeast South Dakota. Names of the three people involved are not being released pending notification of families.
THOMPSON, N.D. -- A 61-year-old forklift driver was killed Monday, June 18, when he was struck by a mini-van driven by woman about one-half mile west of Thompson in northeast North Dakota on state Highway 15. The man’s name will be released Tuesday pending notification of family, said the North Dakota State Patrol.
BISMARCK -- A constitutional change called the North Dakota Anti-Corruption Amendment has apparently received enough signatures to make its way to the November ballot. A group promoting the measure turned in petitions with more than 38,000 signatures to the state secretary of state’s office on Monday, June 18, and held a rally on the steps of the state capitol in Bismarck. The petitions must contain at least 26,904 signatures of state voters to be put on the ballot.
FARGO—Ricky Belgarde of Fargo has epilepsy that prevents him from working and driving and has been collecting food stamps most of his life. He joined North Dakota farm and hunger relief leaders at a news conference Thursday, June 14, to urge passage of the U.S. Senate version of the farm bill that they say protects the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that helps feed about 54,000 residents of the state.
WASHINGTON— A strongly bipartisan 20-1 vote by the Senate Ag Committee on Wednesday, June 13, has sent the five-year 2018 Farm Bill to the full Senate and added momentum to get the measure passed by the time the current bill expires on Sept. 30. The senators hope the House will then hold another vote on its version of the bill that was defeated in May to send it to a conference committee for a final agreement.
ARLINGTON, S.D. -- The former postmaster in the eastern South Dakota town of Arlington has been ordered to repay about $353,440 for several ways he was stealing money from the U.S. Postal Service. Craig Christeson, who ran the post office there from 2010 until 2015, was charged with defrauding the postal service.
FARGO — Incumbent Wayne Stenehjem, the Republican candidate for North Dakota attorney general, cruised through the primary Tuesday, June 12, in his bid for re-election and will face Democratic candidate David Thompson who also sailed to a primary win. Stenehjem collected 99.4 percent of votes cast and Thompson had 99.8 percent of votes on his side of the ballot in unofficial results posted to the North Dakota Secretary of State’s website with 389 out of 424 precincts reporting or 92 percent. Stenehjem had 56,640 primary votes as of 11 p.m., while Thompson had 30,214 in his primary. The two
SPEARFISH, S.D. -- The death of an Illinois man who died from a prairie rattlesnake bite while golfing last week in the Black Hills is being called a “tragic fluke.” Lawrence Walters, 70, died at the Spearfish hospital after he was bit while looking for a ball in the rough at the Elkhorn Ridge Golf Club.