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FARGO — A crash Wednesday, April 4 at a busy intersection in south Fargo resulted in one driver being killed and another receiving minor injuries. Sgt. Mike Erbes said the crash was reported at 4:06 p.m. at 45th St. S. and 40th Ave. The driver of a Jeep went through the intersection and struck a traffic signal pole and then a stopped nearby truck before landing on its side, Erbes said. After being taken to the hospital, the driver of the Jeep was pronounced dead. Erbes said the driver of the truck had minor injuries that didn't require medical attention.
BISMARCK — Entities applying to become medical marijuana growing facilities are "not presumed" to be subject to North Dakota's anti-corporate farming law, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said in an opinion Tuesday, April 3. Although the Legislature did not exempt marijuana from the definition of "farming or ranching," in the state law that largely prohibits corporations and limited liability companies from farming or ranching, Stenehjem said there is "nothing in the medical marijuana law that requires a compassion center to be located on farmland or ranchland."
BISMARCK — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has appointed Fargo's Douglas Nelson as the new state fire marshal, his office said Tuesday, April 3. The fire marshal's office handles arson investigations and is responsible for fire safety inspections of schools, day care facilities, restaurants and public buildings. Nelson's appointment took effect March 19, according to a news release.
BISMARCK—Sen. John Hoeven's top staffer is leaving the North Dakota Republican's office for a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm, according to a Monday, April 2, news release. Ryan Bernstein will join McGuireWoods Consulting as a senior vice president, "assisting clients with matters before Congress, regulatory agencies and the executive branch," according to a news release from the K Street firm. He has overseen Hoeven's Senate staff since 2012 and was previously an advisor to three Republican governors: Jack Dalrymple, Hoeven and Ed Schafer.
ALEXANDER, N.D. -- A 89-year-old man from rural North Dakota, died after he was pinned between a fence post and a trailer near here on Friday, March 30. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Jacob Heen, 33, was backing up a truck and trailer to a fence to load cattle in a pasture in rural McKenzie county around 10:40 a.m.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- A Dickinson man has been charged with two felony counts of child pornography. Lanny Schiele, 46 of Dickinson, has been charged with promoting or directing an obscene sexual performance by a minor, a Class A felony, and possession of certain prohibited materials, a Class C felony. Schiele made his initial appearance in court Thursday, but did not enter a plea.
RICHARDTON, N.D. -- The ethanol plant owned by Red Trail Energy reported an ethanol spill Thursday, March 29, at their plant near Richardton in southwest North Dakota. The leak was not noticed by workers and resulted in 202 barrels, or 8,484 gallons, of ethanol spilled.
LAKOTA, N.D.—A Grand Forks man has been ordered to spend more than four years behind bars for trying to sexually assault a juvenile boy in northeast North Dakota. Leo Lars Borgen, 52, was sentenced Thursday in Nelson County District Court to 10 years in prison for a Class B felony count of attempted gross sexual imposition. Five years of that sentence will be suspended, and he was credited 281 days for time served.
MAYVILLE, N.D. — The next president of Mayville State University now serves as associate provost at Murray State University in Kentucky. Brian Van Horn was selected Wednesday, March 28, by the State Board of Higher Education to serve as Mayville State's 17th president, starting no later than July. "Here we make an impact for life on students, and I appreciate North Dakota's commitment to affordability," Van Horn told board members during his interview.
FARGO - Vice President Mike Pence will speak Tuesday afternoon, March 27, at a public event hosted by the non-profit group America First Policies. You can learn more about the event here . Pence's speech will be streamed live on Forum Communication websites beginning at 2:15 p.m. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is also expected to speak.