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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.
FORT YATES, N.D.—Gov. Doug Burgum and Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II have signed a memorandum of understanding that directs state and tribal authorities on regulating an elk hunting season within the Standing Rock Reservation. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department and Standing Rock Game, Fish and Wildlife Department developed the memo to help coordinate elk management and law enforcement efforts relating to each other's authority within the boundaries of the reservation.
BISMARCK — Sparb Collins, the executive director of the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System, will retire later this year, the system's board of trustees announced Tuesday, Aug. 15. Collins has been the PERS executive director for 28 years, according to a news release from Gov. Doug Burgum's office. The system and its board will recruit a new director over the next few months, and PERS Chief Operating Officer Sharon Schiermeister will act as interim director during a transition period. Collins' last day will be Oct. 31.
MICHIGAN, N.D. — A lottery ticket worth $25,000 per year for life was sold Monday, Aug. 14, at a gas station in Michigan. The winning Lucky for Life ticket matched five white balls to claim the prize. The winning numbers were 4, 8, 15, 17 and 39, while the Lucky Ball was 2. The ticket was sold at Hamster Oil, 202 South St. W. The winner, who has not claimed the prize yet, has 180 days to notify the Lottery office with the ticket. The winner has the option of a annuity payment of $25,000 for a minimum of 20 years, or take a lump sum payment of $390,000.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem welcomed a federal court ruling Friday, Aug. 11, that his office said may put an end to the 12-year proceedings that have delayed construction of the Northwest Area Water Supply project. A U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., ruled Thursday that the environmental impact statement for the project met requirements for the National Environmental Protection Act. The project will bring water from the Missouri River to Minot and the surrounding counties in northwest North Dakota.
BISMARCK—Gov. Doug Burgum appointed seven people, including two North Dakota mayors, to the State Water Commission Thursday, Aug. 10. Burgum previously opened up applications for the seven appointee slots, with the first-term Republican calling it a "good board governance practice to thoroughly review a pool of leadership candidates at the beginning of a new term." Fifty-three people applied for the commission.
MEDINA, Minn. — Polaris is urging owners of their Scrambler ATVs to not ride them until repairing a flaw that could cause the vehicle’s throttle to fail. The recall, announced Tuesday, Aug. 8, involves all Scrambler XP 1000 vehicles from model years 2014 through 2017. The company reports it has had nine reports of the throttle release switch failing, resulting in two minor injuries.
BISMARCK — A routine highway traffic stop Monday afternoon led to one of the largest drug busts in state Highway Patrol history. Harold Miller, 71, of Sacramento, Calif., was stopped in his Dodge minivan on eastbound I-94 between Mandan and Bismarck for minor traffic violations Aug. 7. During the stop, the trooper smelled a strong odor of marijuana. Miller admitted to having marijuana in the car, and the resulting search of the car revealed 183 pounds of the drug, worth about $700,000.
FARGO — A 70-year-old man trying to be a good Samaritan has been seriously injured after a vehicle struck him while he was walking on state Highway 127 south of Wahpeton around 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, the state Highway Patrol said. Thomas Kiefer, Wahpeton, was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Breckenridge and then taken by helicopter to Essentia Hospital in Fargo. The driver who struck him, Myron Holthusen, 71, Wahpeton, was not injured.