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BISMARCK—The state's general fund ended the most recent two-year budget cycle with roughly $66 million more than previously expected, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said Friday, Aug. 25. The 2015-17 biennium, which concluded June 30, ended with $97.2 million in the general fund, compared with the $30.8 million that was projected when the Legislature adjourned in late April, according to a news release issued Friday afternoon.
Fargo - A potentially unthinkable story began to reveal itself Thursday, Aug. 24, when the investigation into the disappearance of a pregnant 22-year-old woman resulted in police finding a healthy infant at a north Fargo apartment building where the woman was last seen. The discovery of the infant, Fargo police said, was followed by the arrest of Brooke Lynn Crews, 38, and William Henry Hoehn, 32, who both lived in the same apartment building as the missing woman, Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind.
BISMARCK—The NCAA on Thursday approved the University of Mary's Year-Round Campus initiative, allowing Mary student-athletes the option of completing their degrees much faster without jeopardizing their athletic eligibility. The decision is the first of its kind for the NCAA, the University of Mary stated in a news release on Aug. 24. Previously, a full-time summer student would have it count against their 10-semester limit.
BISMARCK — The state Department of Health announced the state's first West Nile virus-related death of the year Thursday, Aug. 24. The central North Dakota woman was more than 60 years old and had "underlying medical conditions," according to a news release. She died while hospitalized.
FARGO -- The Fargo Police Department posted an update on social media Thursday, Aug. 24, regarding the search for Savanna Marie Lafontaine-Greywind , a 22-year-old woman who’s eight months pregnant and has been missing since Saturday. The update reads:
BISMARCK—Cheri Giesen, the executive director of Job Service North Dakota, will resign next month to "pursue other opportunities," Gov. Doug Burgum announced Tuesday, Aug. 22. Giesen was first appointed to her position in June 2014 by then-Gov. Jack Dalrymple before Burgum reappointed her last December. The state's workforce agency has about 160 employees and nine regional offices. Giesen's last day on the job will be Sept. 5, according to a news release. State Labor Commissioner Michelle Kommer will also lead Job Service North Dakota during an interim period.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party has hired Scott McNeil as its executive director, the party announced Tuesday, Aug. 22. McNeil previously worked in fundraising for a Washington, D.C., firm and in field operations in southern Illinois for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He has also helped run multiple statewide campaigns in Massachusetts, according to a news release. McNeil succeeds outgoing executive director Robert Haider.
FARGO -- ABC announced Monday afternoon that "American Idol" wannabes can audition in the Dakotas early next month. The show will hold auditions Wednesday, Sept. 6, in Fargo and Sunday, Sept. 10, in Rapid City, S.D. The two were listed as one of four newly announced open call cities. The ttwo others were Houston and San Antonio, Texas.
SEOUL — A U.S. Navy investigation is now underway into how the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker three times its size off the Strait of Malacca early Monday morning, Aug. 21, as the search for 10 missing sailors continues. The guided-missile destroyer is now at the Changi Naval Base in Singapore, and photos show it has a large hole in its side at the waterline.
BISMARCK—Appeals judges rejected a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Bismarck lawyer who argued his First Amendment rights were violated because of mandatory dues he had to pay the State Bar Association of North Dakota for political activity he did not support. The lawsuit, filed by the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix, argued that attorneys should be allowed to opt in to political spending by the bar association, an option provided by 18 states.