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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.
GRAND FORKS—North Dakota is the second most dangerous state for teen drivers, a vehicle insurance website said this week. CarInsurance.com's study, which included Washington, D.C., put North Dakota in 50th place for the second year in a road. Montana ranked last while Maryland was the safest place for teen drivers. Factors that pushed North Dakota to the bottom included distracted driving, the effectiveness of graduated driver license components and the number of fatal accidents per capita that involve teens.
Napoleon, N.D.—The death of a police officer in Napoleon, N.D., has sparked a social media storm. The mother of the police officer says elected city officials in Napoleon contributed to the death of a fine man. Linda Weber says in her Facebook post that the mayor and others should be held accountable for the wrongful termination that was a contributing factor in Nathan Weber dying by suicide last week.
FARGO — A 24-year-old who died Sunday, April 30, after crashing his motorcycle into the side of a car at 45th Street and Interstate 94 had a history of reckless driving, including being clocked at 140 mph on a motorcycle on I-94 in Fargo last year. Police on Monday identified Tanner Beighley of Fargo as the driver of the motorcycle that struck a car exiting I-94 at 45th Street at about 5:15 p.m. Sunday. Beighley was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he died. The driver of the vehicle he struck wasn't seriously injured.
MINOT, N.D. — A Minot driver has been charged with driving under the influence after hitting an occupied school bus near South Prairie School south of Minot. Travis Nabozny, 35, rear-ended the school bus Thursday, April 27 at about 7 p.m. as both vehicles were heading northbound on U.S. Highway 83, according to a North Dakota Highway Patrol report. The school bus had slowed down to turn left off the highway when Nabozny's Chevrolet Camaro struck the back of the bus.
WILLISTON — Snaggers who harvest a paddlefish this season can have the fish cleaned for free by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. The department announced it will provide a free cleaning service this season after North Star Caviar said it was unable to provide the service this year. North Dakota's paddlefish snagging season opens Monday, May 1, and is scheduled to run through the end of May unless the harvest cap is reached and an early closure is announced.
BISMARCK - Eight Jamaicans charged in an advance fee "lottery scam" are now in custody in the United States after the Jamaican government ordered them extradited, U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Chris Myers announced Thursday, April 27. The eight were arrested in Jamaica more than a year ago and are among 14 people facing federal charges in a wire and mail fraud and money laundering investigation dubbed "Operation Hard Copy," said Myers. The charges allege the scam bilked at least 90 mostly elderly U.S. residents out of more $5.7 million, Myers said.
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers gave final approval to a bill Tuesday, April 25, that directs Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to attempt to recoup costs associated with the Dakota Access Pipeline protest. The state has spent more than $34 million in costs associated with responding to the months-long protest in Morton County. Language in House Bill 1003, the budget for the Attorney General's Office, directs Stenehjem to "pursue all reasonable and available options" to seek reimbursement for those costs.