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PRESHO, S.D. -- The fire chief for a small south central South Dakota community died while battling a blaze this past weekend, according to Lyman County officials. Presho Fire Chief Donald “Donny” Manger, 54, died while working at a structure fire Saturday, Oct. 14, in rural Lyman County.
WHITE EARTH, Minn. — The White Earth Nation is alerting residents to a flurry of drug overdoses in the last day or so that have claimed at least one life, according to a notice posted Friday, Oct. 13, on the nation's Facebook page. The White Earth Drug Task Force has made community officials aware that four people on the White Earth Reservation suffered overdoses, with the individuals experiencing respiratory failure or falling into a coma. One death was reported.
STURGIS, S.D. -- The administration of a South Dakota high school on Thursday, Oct. 12, canceled its homecoming football game and activities after a racist comment was painted on the side of a car and the image posted a social media site. The stunt, part of an unsponsored car bash during homecoming, now involves the Sturgis Police Department for possible investigation, the Meade School District said on a Facebook post.
BISMARCK—More than 300 citations were attributed to added patrols under a distracted driving enforcement campaign in September, the North Dakota Department of Transportation said Thursday, Oct. 12. Of the 334 citations, 186 were issued for distracted driving. Law enforcement officers across the state worked 445 overtime hours for the "U Drive. U Text. U Pay" effort, according to a news release. Funding for the additional enforcement was provided by a federal grant through the state Department of Transportation.
BISMARCK—A judicial slot will be retained in Fargo after the retirement of District Judge Norman Anderson, the North Dakota Supreme Court said Tuesday, Oct. 10. The court received comments supported filling the vacancy in the East Central Judicial District, which is made up of Cass, Steele and Traill counties. It didn't receive petitions to relocate the vacancy.
Pink balloons were released during a candlelight vigil for 21-year-old North Dakota State University student Ellie Helm Monday, Oct. 9, on the NDSU campus. Helm was killed in an ATV crash Friday evening, Sept. 29, in Wisconsin.
BISMARCK—Citing confusion over recent news reports, Medica clarified Monday, Oct. 9, that it is not withdrawing its Medicare plans from North Dakota in 2018. The company is withdrawing its individual health plans from the North Dakota insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act, as previously announced by state Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread. Those plans are sold to people under the age of 65 who purchase coverage on their own.
BISMARCK—A truck accident in Williston resulted in a produced water spill, the North Dakota Department of Health reported Friday, Oct. 6. The accident happened Wednesday near the intersection of State Highway 2 and 58th Street West. About 110 barrels of produced water, a byproduct of oil and gas development, was spilled, and 105 barrels were recovered. The truck was operated by Wind River Oil Services.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Ralphie May, the nationally known stand-up comedian who had to cancel or postpone several regional shows last year because of his derogatory jokes about Native Americans, has died. Representatives released a statement Friday, Oct. 6, saying May, 45, had been battling pneumonia and was found dead Friday morning at a private residence in Las Vegas. The cause of death was cardiac arrest.
NEW ROCKFORD, N.D. -- A man who was killed in a train crash Thursday morning in Wells County has been identified. David Irmen of Cathay, N.D., died at railroad tracks about 11 miles northwest of New Rockford after the 1999 Chevy pickup was struck by a BNSF Railway train, according to a news release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol. At 7:15 a.m. Thursday, the 61-year-old was northbound on 58th Avenue Northeast when he failed to yield to the train, officers said.