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BISMARCK – The superintendent of the North Dakota Highway Patrol will retire this summer. Col. Michael Gerhart Jr. announced Thursday, March 22, that he’ll retire from the position effective June 30. He’ll then become the executive vice president of advocacy organization the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association.
NOTE TO READERS: This video contains foul language and blood. FARGO – A man was shot late Wednesday night, March 21, after he allegedly brandished a large knife at police officers who responded to a domestic abuse disturbance call at a southside apartment complex, Fargo Police said in a news release. Orlando Estrada, 28, Fargo, was transported to a local hospital for his injuries, police said Thursday, March 22.
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn.—No one will be walking on the Indian at Park High School in the Twin Cities suburb of Cottage Grove again. The high school is removing a controversial Indian head mosaic from a hallway floor. Installed in 1965 to depict the mascot for the Park High School Indians, the mosaic had recently been criticized by students and community members.
TOWNER, N.D.—Charges are pending after a 77-year-old pedestrian was hit and killed by a pickup Monday night in Towner, according to North Dakota Highway Patrol. Thomas Miller of Towner died when he was hit by a 2016 Dodge Ram, driven by 60-year-old William St. Clair of Parshall at 6:44 p.m. Monday, a news release from the Highway Patrol said.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger has approved a petition format to gather signatures for an anti-corruption ballot measure, his office said Tuesday, March 20. Petition backers have until the end of the day July 9 to gather 26,904 signatures to place the constitutional amendment on the ballot.
FARGO - Fire crews received a call just after 11 p.m. on Monday, March 19 for a fire at the Fargodome. Upon arriving to the scene, the Fargo Fire Department determined that the fire started in a dryer in the storage area of the building. A sprinkler head was activated at the time of the fire and was able to extinguish part of it by the time crews arrived to put out the rest of it. The fire is said to have caused an estimated three thousand dollars in damages.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- National law firm Robins Kaplan announced Monday it has filed a lawsuit on behalf of South Dakota’s Oglala Sioux Tribe against the opioid industry, joining other tribes in North Dakota and South Dakota that have filed suits alleging devastating public health effects from opioids.
Forum News Service reporters are on the floor at the North Dakota Dem-NPL convention in Grand Forks. Follow our live blog for all the updates.
FARGO — Vice President Mike Pence will be in Fargo March 27 to support Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., in his campaign for the U.S. Senate. Cramer announced Pence's visit Friday, March 16, in an email. He is challenging incumbent Democrat Heidi Heitkamp in a Senate race drawing national attention and funding. "Mike Pence epitomizes the best qualities of a public servant," Cramer's email said. "He and President Trump have been true friends to North Dakota and strong partners in advancing our state's economy and culture."
ST. PAUL -- State officials are warning Minnesotans not to consume a plant called kratom in any form because it may be contaminated with salmonella. Minnesota’s health and agriculture departments, along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as well as several other states, are investigating a multi-state outbreak of salmonella infections linked to kratom consumption, a health department news release said Friday, March 16.