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BISMARCK—Citing confusion over recent news reports, Medica clarified Monday, Oct. 9, that it is not withdrawing its Medicare plans from North Dakota in 2018. The company is withdrawing its individual health plans from the North Dakota insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act, as previously announced by state Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread. Those plans are sold to people under the age of 65 who purchase coverage on their own.
BISMARCK—A truck accident in Williston resulted in a produced water spill, the North Dakota Department of Health reported Friday, Oct. 6. The accident happened Wednesday near the intersection of State Highway 2 and 58th Street West. About 110 barrels of produced water, a byproduct of oil and gas development, was spilled, and 105 barrels were recovered. The truck was operated by Wind River Oil Services.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Ralphie May, the nationally known stand-up comedian who had to cancel or postpone several regional shows last year because of his derogatory jokes about Native Americans, has died. Representatives released a statement Friday, Oct. 6, saying May, 45, had been battling pneumonia and was found dead Friday morning at a private residence in Las Vegas. The cause of death was cardiac arrest.
NEW ROCKFORD, N.D. -- A man who was killed in a train crash Thursday morning in Wells County has been identified. David Irmen of Cathay, N.D., died at railroad tracks about 11 miles northwest of New Rockford after the 1999 Chevy pickup was struck by a BNSF Railway train, according to a news release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol. At 7:15 a.m. Thursday, the 61-year-old was northbound on 58th Avenue Northeast when he failed to yield to the train, officers said.
TENNEY, Minn.—A 21-year-old construction worker died after falling 150 feet from the top of an elevator here Thursday afternoon, Oct. 5, the Wilkin County Sheriff's Office reported. The man was working at the Wheaton Dumont Co-op Elevator with two other men on a platform. They were adjusting another platform to connect to the platform that they were on when the man fell, the sheriff's office reported. The accident was reported about 2:45 p.m. Tenney is about 25 miles southeast of Wahpeton-Breckenridge.
SHENZHEN, China -- Jimmy Butler and Karl Anthony-Towns each scored 16 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves improved to 2-0 in the preseason with a 111-97 win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. Golden State led 55-50 at the half and owned an 81-79 lead after the third quarter. With the Timberwolves trailing by one with 10:52 left in the game, Jamal Crawford forced a steal and hit Tyus Jones in stride for a layup for an 84-83 lead.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. --The North Dakota High School Activities Association announced a five-year contract extension with Forum Communications Co. to continue to be the exclusive rights holder to televise the state's championship tournaments. The NDHSAA Board of Directors approved the extension in a meeting held Thursday, Oct. 5. The agreement will run from the 2018-19 school year thru 2022-23.
NEW ROCKFORD, N.D. — A 61-year-old Cathay man died when the pickup he was driving was hit by a BNSF train Thursday, Oct. 5, about 11 miles northwest of New Rockford, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. According to a patrol report: The unnamed victim was northbound on 58th Avenue Northeast when he failed to yield for a westbound BNSF train. The pickup was struck on the passenger side, which caused the pickup to roll into the north ditch of the railroad right of way. The pickup driver was declared dead at the scene. The crash was reported about 7:15 a.m.
BISMARCK—The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is proposing to delay a rule on methane emissions until January 2019, members of North Dakota's congressional delegation said Wednesday, Oct. 4. "The BLM methane rule imposed unworkable and duplicative requirements on our energy industry," Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said in a statement. "We can address flaring without imposing unnecessary costs and undermining our energy production."
FARGO—An Illinois man is charged in Cass County District Court with insurance fraud after being accused of defrauding Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota of more than $100,000. Sheryar Masud, of St. Charles, Ill., who at one time worked as a chiropractor in Williston, N.D., is charged with one count of insurance fraud. An investigative report filed with the charge that was written by an investigator with the North Dakota Insurance Department fraud unit stated Masud submitted invalid insurance claims between Aug. 14, 2014, and June 3, 2015.