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MEDORA, N.D. — A new National Park Service report shows that visitors spent more than $49.5 million visiting communities near North Dakota national parks in in 2016. Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Fort Union Post National Historic Site and Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site had 793,383 visitors last year. "The North Dakota national parks tell meaningful stories and protect cherished resources, and they are a significant driver in the state's tourism economy," said North Dakota Group Superintendent Wendy Ross.
BISMARCK — Department of Transportation Director Grant Levi is retiring at the end of the month, a release from Gov. Doug Burgum’s office said Friday, May 5. Levi was appointed director in 2013, but started with NDDOT in 1980.
An escapee from the state hospital in Arizona, has been captured in Dickinson 37-year old Randy Layton bolted from his "off-site" treatment in Phoenix April 29th. Authorities say he cut off his GPS monitor as well. He was arrested with his accomplice, in Dickinson. He was in the state hospital because he's been deemed a sexually violent person.
FARGO—The Gander Mountain store in Fargo appears to be closing, but Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis says that the store "will stay open." Several new signs were up on the sporting goods store on Thursday, May 4. Signs in the front windows said "everything must go," while a large banner on the north side of the building that opened in 2004 said "going out of business." Lemonis, who has been actively responding to worried customers about store closings via Twitter, responded to a reporter's tweet reiterating that the store will stay open.
MADISON, S.D — A man who officials say shot a McCook County Sheriff’s deputy in the arm has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, and additional felonies. Matthew James Rumbolz, 37, of Montrose, was involved in a pursuit, gunfire exchange with law enforcement and standoff that lasted multiple hours Wednesday in neighboring southern Lake County in eastern South Dakota, according to the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office.
BEMIDJI, Minn. —The driver who law enforcement say ran a stop sign and hit a school bus Wednesday morning—injuring multiple elementary school-aged children—has been identified as well as the bus driver..
WASHINGTON — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has accepted an invitation to visit North Dakota, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced Wednesday, May 3. Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Hoeven, R-N.D., both said Wednesday they met with Pruitt regarding how the EPA will fix or roll back federal regulations such as the Clean Power Plan.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Petroleum Council has launched a new scholarship for members of the Three Affiliated Tribes who are pursuing energy careers. The oil industry group is partnering with Missouri River Resources and Baker Consulting to create the Fort Berthold Energy Partners scholarship program. Fort Berthold accounts for 16 percent of North Dakota's oil production, yet unemployment, poverty and reliance on social services remain high on the reservation, said Dave Williams, president and CEO of Missouri River Resources.
RUGBY, N.D.-- Four North Dakota attorneys have applied to fill an open bench seat in Rugby vacated by the retirement of Judge John C. McClintock. McClintock retired April 14 after serving as a judge in North Dakota’s Northeastern Judicial District for 22 years. He primarily ruled over cases in Pierce, McHenry and Bottineau Counties.
ROLETTE COUNTY, N.D.--- A Dunseith man killed in a rollover crash in Rolette County Monday, May 1, has been identified. Errol Gooden, 56, was killed after his 2003 Buick Le Sabre rolled on 35th Avenue Northeast, about 5 miles southeast of Dunseith, at 8:02 p.m. Monday. The road had been washed out and was closed to traffic, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Gooden lost control when he hit the washed out section of the road, Troopers said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.