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BISMARCK—Gov. Doug Burgum signed a bill Friday, April 7, that changes the threshold for reporting oil spills that are contained on well pads, a proposal that a landowner group urged him to veto. House Bill 1151 will no longer require oil companies to report oil and produced water spills of up to 10 barrels, or 420 gallons, if the spills are contained on the location. Burgum said in a statement the change will bring North Dakota standards in line with federal reporting requirements and continue to hold industry responsible for cleaning up all spills.
STANLEY, N.D. — A Seattle man faces several felony charges after allegedly robbing a bank in Stanley and leading law enforcement on a car chase that ended in neighboring Ward County, authorities said. Authorities received a report of an armed robbery at American Bank Center in Stanley about 5 p.m. Thursday, April 6. A deputy with the Ward County Sheriff's Department spotted the suspect vehicle about 6:15 p.m. near Makoti. The suspect then led the deputy on a high-speed chase until his vehicle stopped due to a mechanical issue.
Fargo - Move over April the giraffe, a camel at the Red River Zoo is getting all the attention of folks in the Red River valley. A new Bactrian female camel was born Friday, March 24. Those types of camels are critically endangered in the wild. The camel calf will be moved to Minot's Roosevelt Park Zoo this fall. Three names will be chosen by the zoo in Minot and you will be able to vote on what the baby camel should be named. Voting will start Earth Day, April 22.
BELCOURT, N.D.—Two people who crashed a car after fleeing from law enforcement in Rolette County Monday were identified Thursday, April 6. The wreck killed the car's driver and injured the passenger. Police were called to the Sky Dancer Casino for a report of a disturbance at 2:30 a.m., according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
BISMARCK - Gov. Doug Burgum has directed state government agencies and encouraged North Dakotans to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff as a mark of respect for the memory of astronaut and public servant John Glenn. Glenn, who died Dec. 8 at the age of 95, will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, April 6. Burgum's directive is in accordance with a proclamation issued by the President Donald Trump on Wednesday and will remain in effect until sunset Thursday.
BISMARCK—Former University of North Dakota football coach and athletic director Roger Thomas will retire, the University of Mary announced Tuesday, April 4. Thomas' retirement will be effective June 30. Thomas, who has been Mary's athletic director since 2008, was UND's head football coach from 1986-98. He was then athletic director from 1999-2005. Thomas, the winningest coach in UND football history, was 90-43-1. He guided UND to five NCAA Division II postseason appearances.
MITCHELL, S.D.—An owner of a Mitchell hot dog shop was sentenced to the state penitentiary after what the defense and prosecution described as a "troubling case" involving the sale of illegal drugs. Jordan Muntefering, 27, of Mitchell, was sentenced Tuesday, April 4, at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell to 15 years for distributing MDMA — also known as ecstasy or Molly — and possessing MDMA with intent to distribute in a drug-free zone.
Fargo - Women in North Dakota make 71 cents to every $1 a man earns, giving the state the fifth worst rate in the nation. That comes from a report by the National Partnership for Women and Families. The group looked at income data from The U.S. Census. That differnce in wage gap comes to more than $15,000 a year. In North Dakota, 24,000 households are headed by women, and 25 percent of those households are living in poverty. Nationally, women are paid 80 cents on every man's dollar. In Minnesota, women are paid 81 cents to every dollar.
CASSELTON, N.D. — Five people were arrested on drug charges Monday, April 3, after the Cass County Sheriff's Office simultaneously conducted early-morning searches at four different locations here. The sheriff's office said multiple meetings with Casselton city leaders, the Central Cass School District and concerned citizens preceded "a lengthy narcotics investigation" that led to the arrests.
BELCOURT, N.D. — One person suffered life-threatening injuries and another suffered serious injuries when a police pursuit ended with a rollover 6 miles south of Belcourt. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said Belcourt police responded to a disturbance at Sky Dancer Casino after receiving a call at 2:30 a.m. Monday, April 3, prior to the pursuit. According to a Highway Patrol report: