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FARGO - Three Republican North Dakota leaders urged President Barack Obama in a letter Wednesday, Nov. 23 to order the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allow the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline across Lake Oahe. The letter, signed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven and U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, also called on the White House to provide federal assistance to law enforcement "in order to maintain public safety, which has been threatened by ongoing — and oftentimes violent — protest activity."
FARGO—Police believe drugs may have caused the deaths of a man and woman whose bodies were found over the weekend at a south Fargo apartment building, the Fargo Police Department said in a news release. At 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, officers were dispatched on a medical call to the apartment on Seventh Street South just south of Main Avenue. The officers arrived to find the bodies of 27-year-old Molly J. Bernstein and 29-year-old Patrick L. Hensley, police said. Bernstein and Hensley were both Fargo residents.
MINOT, N.D.—A 26-year-old Belcourt man will serve about 18 months in prison for urinating in his meal tray at the Ward County Jail and then giving the covered tray to a jail employee.
VALLEY CITY, N.D.—A car failed to stop for a stop sign here Monday morning, Nov. 21, and collided with a school bus carrying children. No one was hurt in the crash, which occurred about 8 a.m. at an intersection in downtown Valley City, said Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson. Thompson said the driver of the car was cited for failing to yield. He said the bus was carrying grade-school children of various ages.
WILLISTON, N.D.—A Dickinson man reached speeds of more than 120 mph while leading officers on a 63-mile car chase early Monday morning in McKenzie County, police say. Kasey Brown, 26, was eventually stopped and charged with reckless endangerment, fleeing a police officer, fraudulent practices in urine testing, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and refusing to submit to a chemical test.
KILLDEER, N.D. — A valve failure at an oil well caused about 400 barrels, or 16,800 gallons, of oil to spill on Saturday, Nov. 19, but the spill was contained and recovered, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said. HRC Operating LLC reported the incident on Sunday at a well about 15 miles north of Killdeer. A state inspector has been to the site, which is on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. The inspector will coordinate with Three Affiliated Tribes to determine if any additional remediation is necessary.
BISMARCK — A West Fargo resident won $100,000 in the Saturday, Nov. 19, drawing for the Powerball lottery game, the North Dakota Lottery announced Monday, Nov. 21. The winning numbers for the drawing were 16, 24, 28, 43 and 61. The Powerball was 21 and the Power Play multiplier was 2. The lucky ticket was sold at RJ's Tesoro, 2006 County Road 17 S., West Fargo. The prize was $50,000, but the player purchased the Power Play option, so the ticket is worth $100,000. No one has contacted the lottery office to claim the prize.
MINOT, N.D.—A 30-year-old Minot woman was sentenced to time served and probation for regularly exposing her twin 2-year-old daughters to methamphetamine last summer. Shannon Jo Hingst pleaded guilty to two counts of felony child endangerment last Thursday and was sentenced on Friday. She also pleaded guilty to several other drug-related offenses and was granted alternative Adult Drug Court sentencing.
MINOT, N.D.—An alleged drunken driver struck a 2-year-old boy at a Minot residence on Monday. The Ward County Sheriff's Department said Cody Lee Pausig, 29, was arrested at the Trinity Hospital emergency room after he and a woman brought the child in for his injuries. According to deputies, Pausig was backing up his vehicle at 3515 4th St. NW when he realized they had hit something. After jumping out of the vehicle, he and the woman realized they had struck the 2-year-old boy.
MANDAN, N.D. – Law enforcement and Dakota Access protesters were in what officers called an “ongoing riot” Sunday night. The site of the confrontation was the Backwater Bridge, north of...