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MANVEL, N.D. — The smoke alarms were going off in Keith Henningsgard and Karen Ryba’s house, but it wasn’t the home that was on fire. Instead, just yards away, a...
ALEXANDER, N.D. — N.D. Highway 200 was closed for more than four hours Tuesday after a tanker truck loaded with propane rolled over, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The driver, Eric McCullough, 35, of Orlando, Fla., used excessive speed when turning from U.S. Highway 85 onto Highway 200 about 2 miles north of Alexander, the Highway Patrol said. The truck and trailer rolled onto the passenger side on the shoulder of Highway 200 after 1 p.m. Tuesday. The highway was closed for public safety while the semi was removed.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Grass fires raging north of Grand Forks has crews battling what appear to be multiple blazes causing the closure of about 30 miles of Interstate 29...
OTTERTAIL, Minn. -- A major portion of a roof collapsed overnight at a popular waterpark in northwest Minnesota. The roof collapse at Thumper Pond resort near Ottertail forced about 25...
NEWPORT, Minn.—A North Dakota man has been accused of smashing his girlfriend's face into a wall and dislocating her chin during a drunken assault in a Newport apartment in the Twin Cities.. Joshua Paul Bercier, 34, of West Fargo is charged with felony domestic assault in Washington County District Court, in connection with the April 5 incident that sent his 32-year-old girlfriend to the hospital and injured another man. According to police reports of the incident.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Legislature has approved a bipartisan bill that will provide $50,000 for an outreach program to help identify and provide health services to North Dakota veterans who were exposed to the defoliant Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. House Bill 1372 originally had $100,000 from the general fund, but the appropriation was cut in half in the House. A Senate committee added $25,000 to the bill but backed away from that amendment in conference committee, settling on $50,000 for the 2015-17 biennium. Sen.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Senate confirmed retiring Hazen schools superintendent Michael Ness to a four-year term on the State Board of Higher Education on Tuesday. Gov. Jack Dalrymple appointed Ness to the board in February to fill the unexpired term of former board chairwoman Kirsten Diederich, who resigned in mid-January just before her confirmation hearing. Senators voted 46-1 Tuesday to confirm Ness' appointment, after a 5-0 recommendation from a Senate confirmation committee. Sen.
FARGO—A woman accused of drunken driving suffered life-threatening injuries in a car crash early Monday on Interstate 29 in Fargo, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The collision happened...
MEDORA, N.D. — A 37-year-old Lincoln, N.D., man was killed in an ATV accident just before midnight Friday. The man, whose name isn’t being released pending notification of his family,...
YANKTON, S.D.—The body of a 6-year-old boy missing since Easter while he was fishing has been recovered in the Missouri River in this river town in southeast South Dakota. Yankton Police Chief Brian Paulsen said they found the body of Lincoln Hilt about 28 feet from the shore on Friday. The Hurley, S.D., boy had been fishing with family members with his new fishing pole he had received as an Easter gift off a river dock in a Yankton park. Friday's search had started at about 7 a.m. with three dive teams operating.