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GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The vacancy on the Northeast Central Judicial District Court bench left by the resignation of Judge Debbie Kleven soon will be filled by Grand Forks attorney Jason McCarthy. Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced Monday the appointment of McCarthy, who has served as chief deputy state's attorney for the Grand Forks County State's Attorney's office since 2013. McCarthy is expected to begin his time as judge Dec. 1 and will preside over cases in Grand Forks and Nelson counties.
BEULAH, N.D. — Authorities have released the name of a 95-year-old Dickinson man who was killed in a two-car crash early Saturday afternoon near Beulah. John Lorenz of Dickinson died at crash site after the eastbound vehicle he was riding in collided with a northbound 2004 Chevy K2500 pickup at the intersection of highways 49 and 200, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. Alice Lorenz, 83, the driver of a Dodge Grand Caravan, was injured, along with her passenger Linnea Lorenz, 58, of Killdeer.
BISMARCK — Write-in candidates for governor, U.S. House and president have been certified to appear on North Dakota ballots. The candidates met state filing requirements for appearing on the ballots, Secretary of State Al Jaeger said in a news release Monday, Oct. 24. For write-in votes to be sorted and canvassed for the certified candidates, state law requires the total number of write-in votes cast for an office must exceed 5 percent of the votes cast for the candidate receiving the most votes for that office.
MINOT, N.D.—Minot Roosevelt Park Zoo visitors will have more days this year to spend there. "This is the first time the zoo is open for the winter season," said Becky Dewitz, Roosevelt Park Zoo director. The zoo's fall and winter hours are Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with the exception of holidays and extreme weather conditions. This Saturday, the day of the Boo at the Zoo event, the zoo will be open only from 1-4 p.m.
BRAINERD, Minn.—Wild rice is as synonymous with Minnesota cuisine as lakes are to the state's reputation. Wild rice has been used as a food source for centuries, and it's grown in more than half of Minnesota's counties. Clearly, it's a big deal. In this week's Northland Outdoors TV episode, we visit a central Minnesota family which has made a living on harvesting wild rice for four generations. The crew also travels to Wisconsin for a very special pheasant hunt. See it all in this weekend's episode of "Northland Outdoors TV."
MANDAREE, N.D. – A woman was killed after a single-car crash on four miles north of Mandaree early Friday morning, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The passenger of a 2015 Kenworth truck, Robyn Holzkamm, 23, of Reeder, N.D., died at the scene. The driver, Justin Killough, 24, of Dickinson, was injured in the accident and was flown by Valley Med Flight to Trinity Hospital in Minot, N.D., for medical treatment.
FARGO — Police here recovered the body of a man during a search of the Red River. He was reported missing by his family. Scott Michael Fonder, 41, of Fargo was reported missing on Oct. 9, according to a Police Department release. Police determined the last time Fonder used his phone was near Dike East in Fargo.
MANDAREE, N.D. -- A woman was killed after a single-car crash on 4 miles north of Mandaree early Friday morning, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The passenger of a 2015 Kenworth truck, Robyn Holzkamm, 23, of Reeder, N.D., died at the scene. The driver, Justin Killough, 24, of Dickinson, was injured in the accident and was flown by Valley Med Flight to Trinity Hospital in Minot for medical treatment.
WINNER, S.D. — A Winner High School student injured in a farming accident died Wednesday night, Oct. 20, a day after getting stuck in a grain bin. Taylor Watzel, 16, of Winner, died at about 7 p.m., according to Winner Superintendent Bruce Carrier. Students gathered in the school's gymnasium Wednesday and Thursday morning to talk about the situation. Principal Gerald Witte said students and faculty are struggling with the loss.
In races for four state constitutional offices on the North Dakota ballot, the best choices are incumbent Julie Fedorchak for public service commissioner, incumbent Kelly Schmidt for treasurer, incumbent Kirsten Baesler for superintendent of public instruction and newcomer Jon Godfread for insurance commissioner. There is no significant contest for state auditor, which also is on the ballot.