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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.
MCLAUGHLIN, S.D. -- A 31-year-old McLaughlin man has denied charges of first degree murder in the death of an infant and a trial date has been set for August. Kenneth William Chase faces life in prison on the charge of inflicting traumatic head injuries to the child on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in far north-central South Dakota. Further details weren’t released in the case.
GREGORY, S.D. –An 81-year-old man died early Saturday evening, June 9, in an ATV-semi truck collision about 26 miles north of Gregory in south-central South Dakota. The man’s name is not being released pending notification of family, The semi driver involved was not injured.
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate Ag Committee introduced its 2018 Farm Bill on Friday, June 8, that's expected to be voted on by the panel next week and possibly reach the Senate floor by the end of the month. The House, which voted down its version of the bill last month, could also possibly take up the issue again later this month, which would send it to a conference committee to iron out differences.
LAS VEGAS -- Lars Eller's rebound goal with 7:37 remaining broke a tie and proved to be the championship-winning goal as the Washington Capitals won the first Stanley Cup in franchise history with a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
FARGO. -- U.S. Sen Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., has written to the top Amtrak official urging upgrades to aging equipment and to keep the Empire Builder line that runs through the state. The senator pointed out to Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson about the increase in ridership on the line in recent years and the need to keep the service for rural communities.
FARGO -- North Dakota State Highway Patrol trooper David Kamp has been named the 2017 Trooper of the Year at the North Dakota Motor Carrier Association. Kamp, serving the northwest region of the state and stationed in Garrison, has been a trooper since 1991. He was honored at the association’s banquet in Fargo last week.