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CASSELTON, N.D. — A Valley City woman was injured when her SUV hit a large piece of debris and rolled on Interstate 94 at the Maple River bridge Monday afternoon, Oct. 23, the North Dakota Highway Patrol reported. According to the report, issued Tuesday: Margie Carlson, 39, was driving a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox westbound in the left lane of I-94 about 4:50 p.m. Monday when she came across the debris in the road. Because of traffic, Carlson wasn't able to swerve right to avoid it.
BELCOURT, N.D. — The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Tribal Council voted to remove its chairman for alleged misconduct Monday, Oct. 23. The vote was unanimous, with seven of the council's nine members present for the meeting, according to a copy of the resolution posted on a tribal government Facebook page. Wayne Keplin, the ousted chairman, was not present. Keplin's ouster is effective immediately. Council Vice Chairman Roman Marcellais has been the acting chairman amid the leadership turmoil.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum appointed Lise Kruse to lead the state Department of Financial Institutions, his office said Monday, Oct. 23. Kruse will succeed Robert Entringer, who previously announced he'll retire from the Cabinet post Nov. 30. Kruse was hired as a financial institutions examiner in the department in 2004, and has been chief examiner of banks since 2011. Kruse's appointment will require state Senate confirmation.
CRYSTAL SPRINGS, N.D. - The Crystal Springs rest area on eastbound Interstate 94, approximately nine miles west of Medina, has closed temporarily closed due to maintenance issues. The rest area will remained closed until further notice, the North Dakota Department of Transportation said Saturday, Oct. 21.
BUXTON, N.D. — A minivan was a complete loss after it caught fire and burned on Interstate 29 on Friday, Oct. 20, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The incident was reported about 3:50 p.m., the patrol said. Diana McBride, 58, of Cosmos, Minn., was driving south on the interstate 5 miles south of Buxton when her 2004 Chevrolet Venture had a mechanical malfunction, the patrol said. McBride pulled over to the side of the road, and the vehicle caught fire and burned, also igniting the grass in the west ditch, the patrol said.
FOREST RIVER, N.D. - A semi driver hauling grain escaped injury Thursday, Oct. 19, after a bridge collapsed over the Forest River in rural northeast North Dakota. Melvin Armbrust of Forest River had driven the six-axle semi across the 11-ton county bridge causing it to collapse and spill a majority of the grain into the river, said the North Dakota State Patrol in a release Friday.
BISMARCK—Lisbon has the best-tasting tap water in North Dakota. That's according to the results of a taste test at the 89th annual North Dakota Water & Pollution Control Conference in Fargo. Conference attendees selected Valley City, McVille and Lisbon as the top three contenders in a blind taste test, according to a news release. Mandan won last year's competition, Valley City won the year before and Fargo won in 2014.
BISMARCK — A Becker, Minn., tree removal company has been banned from "engaging in contracting" in North Dakota, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem's office said Thursday, Oct. 19. The attorney general's office received a complaint from a North Dakota homeowner regarding Chris Gustafson, doing business as Nature's Way Tree and Landscape, and started an investigation in August. The homeowner said he paid Gustafson $7,000 to remove trees and other work, but he didn't complete the work and damaged the home.
GRAFTON, N.D.-- Gov. Doug Burgum appointed a longtime Walsh County prosecutor to a judgeship Wednesday in the Northeast Judicial District. Walsh County State's Attorney Barbara L. Whelan will begin her role as judge chambered in Grafton on Oct. 23. She replaces Judge M. Richard Geiger who retired Oct. 1 after 23 years on the bench. Whelan has been a prosecutor in Walsh County since 2006 and served as Pembina County state's attorney from 1999 to 2005. She previously worked in private practice for eight years in Grafton.
BISMARCK—Current North Dakota driver's licenses will be accepted for boarding aircraft for another two years after the state received a federal waiver to comply with Real ID requirements, the state Department of Transportation said Wednesday, Oct. 18. Congress passed the Real ID Act in 2005, and the North Dakota Legislature passed the final implementation bill this year. Real ID implements security process and prohibits federal agencies from accepting identification from states that don't meet requirements, according to the North Dakota DOT.