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BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum will deliver the State of the State Address to a joint session of the 65th North Dakota Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, Jan. 3, in the House Chamber of the state Capitol in Bismarck.
An eclectic mix of stories rounded out the biggest headlines in North Dakota during 2016 as oil, agriculture, politics, sports and money dominated the landscape and conversations in the Peace Garden State. Add a fatal shooting and a drug epidemic, and the top 10 stories in North Dakota reveal a year filled with tragedy, triumph and storylines that will continue to play out into the new year. These are the top 10 stories compiled by Forum News Service and ranked by editors across the state.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A Navy SEAL originally from Cavalier, N.D., died in a kayaking accident off the Virginia coast this week. Petty Officer 1st Class Devon Grube was recovered by the U.S. Coast Guard Wednesday and taken to a hospital where he died from injuries, according to the The Virginian-Pilot newspaper. “Our deepest condolences go out the sailor’s family as we work to ensure that they have the support they need in this difficult time,” the Navy said in a statement.
FARGO – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources plans to join a lawsuit to delay the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project, the agency said Thursday, Dec. 29. The Richland-Wilkin Joint Powers Authority, a group of upstream project opponents, had earlier filed suit and sought a restraining order from a federal judge. The DNR has asked the judge to allow the agency to join that suit.
FARGO — The Diocese of Fargo and a group representing Catholic employers have filed a lawsuit in federal district court in North Dakota opposing federal health care coverage requirements that include gender transition surgery and abortion, the employers' group said Wednesday, Dec. 28. The Catholic Benefits Association, which represents employers such as Catholic parishes and hospitals, said the rules contradict Catholic values.
GRAND FORKS — Grand Forks might be the third-largest city in the Peace Garden State, but it’s among the most widely viewed on social media. Instagram released the locations with the most posts from each state this month, and Grand Forks made three appearances in the top five: UND, the Ralph Engelstad Arena and the city itself. The five most Instagrammed locations in North Dakota in 2016 were: Fargo. UND.
FARGO – A 9-foot-tall menorah is being displayed on the lawn of the Fargo Civic Center, 207 4th St. N., and will be kindled by Chabad Rabbi Yonah Grossman at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29 during a public Chanukah celebration. Following the short ceremony, holiday refreshments will be served at the Fargo Public Library, accompanied by activities for children and a special appearance by balloon twister Jeffrey Salveson.
FARGO—Most of North Dakota could have used Santa's sleigh on Sunday and Monday, and into Tuesday too. A holiday storm that started on Christmas Day shut down many roads in North Dakota and caused power outages in many communities and rural homes across the state. Snow ranged from less than a half inch in Fargo to 16.5 inches in Dickinson in far western North Dakota and 16 inches in Starkweather in far northern North Dakota just north of Devils Lake.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved an agreement that requires CenturyLink to improve phone service to some western North Dakota communities and includes a commitment of $2.66 million in infrastructure improvements. The order comes after the commission filed a formal complaint against the company for a series of complaints related to service.
MINOT, N.D. -- The Minot International Airport has closed due to low visibility. Ground crews have been able to clear runways but due to the extreme white out conditions no planes will be able to land or take off. The airport will reopen Tuesday at 3 a.m. Travelers are encouraged to check with the airlines for further details regarding flights