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BISMARCK -- Two unlicensed contractors have been banned from doing business in North Dakota “for the foreseeable future,” Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office said Monday, Oct. 2. Jeremy Meyer of Fargo, doing business as JM Construction & Design, as well as Cody Fleckenstein of New Salem, doing business as Prefab Plus, LLC, violated consumer fraud and contracting laws. The Consumer Protection division of the attorney general’s office has obtained civil judgments against both contractors.
BISMARCK—The U.S. Forest Service will conduct up to five prescribed burns this fall on the Sheyenne National Grassland southwest of Fargo, the agency said Monday, Oct. 2. The 70,180-acre grassland is located east of Lisbon. The burns will cover about 1,500 acres and will occur north, west and east of McLeod. The Forest Service said fire is "essential to the health and regeneration of prairie habitat and native grasses while discouraging growth of invasive species."
GRAND FORKS — Pheasant hunters in North Dakota can expect to cover more ground this fall. Hammered by a severe winter that affected survival and summer drought conditions that hampered production, pheasant numbers are down. North Dakota's pheasant season opens Saturday, Oct. 7.
BISMARCK—The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline donated $15 million to the state of North Dakota to help pay for the response to the monthslong protests against the project, Gov. Doug Burgum said Thursday, Sept. 28. The donation from Dakota Access LLC was wired to the state-owned Bank of North Dakota Thursday afternoon and will be used to pay down loans taken out by the state Department of Emergency Services.
BISMARCK—Cabinet-level state agencies were directed to work with local and tribal governments, along with law enforcement, to make medication reversing opioid overdoses readily available to first responders, community leaders, opioid users and their families under an executive order signed by Gov. Doug Burgum Tuesday, Sept. 26.
GARRISON, N.D. — Two men were injured in rural McLean County when a McLean County sheriff's deputy's vehicle struck another motorist at the intersection of Highways 37 and 83, six miles east of Garrison on Saturday, Sept. 23. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol:
BISMARCK -- All drivers license offices in North Dakota will be temporarily closed Tuesday, Sept. 26, through Thursday, Sept. 28. The North Dakota Department of Transportation announced the closures last week, saying it will allow employees to get required annual training. One license site in Bismarck will be open 7:30 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, but all others in the state, including in Fargo, will be closed.
MOORHEAD—A North Dakota pro-life group plans to hold a rally Oct. 25 outside the Planned Parenthood clinic here, with speakers that will include the niece of famed civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Alveda King, founder of Alveda King Ministries, will be the keynote speaker for the rally, said Linda Thorson, director of Concerned Women of America of North Dakota. Two other area women are also expected to speak about their personal experience with abortion, Thorson said. Thorson said the event is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. at 803 Belsly Blvd. in Moorhead.
FARGO -- Ed Sheeran will return to the Fargodome, but fans will have to wait a year to hear him “Sing”. He’ll play the Fargodome on Oct. 17, 2018. The Fargodome tweeted the concert announcement around 4:45 p.m., Friday, after tweet-teasing “a huge concert announcement” earlier in the day. The tweeted announcement included a 360-degree image of the singer wearing a North Dakota State University Bison T-shirt with the number 18 on it, the year of his tour.
DENT, Minn. -- A Fargo woman suffered serious injuries early Friday, Sept. 22, when the car she was driving struck a horse in the roadway near here. According to a report released by the Minnesota State Patrol: The crash occurred about 5:20 a.m. on Highway 108 east of Dent. Leah Marie Orner, 29, of Fargo, was driving eastbound when her car struck a horse on the roadway and her vehicle came to rest next to the road. She was airlifted to a hospital in Perham with life-threatening injuries. No other details were immediately available.