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BISMARCK—More than 300 citations were attributed to added patrols under a distracted driving enforcement campaign in September, the North Dakota Department of Transportation said Thursday, Oct. 12. Of the 334 citations, 186 were issued for distracted driving. Law enforcement officers across the state worked 445 overtime hours for the "U Drive. U Text. U Pay" effort, according to a news release. Funding for the additional enforcement was provided by a federal grant through the state Department of Transportation.
BISMARCK—A judicial slot will be retained in Fargo after the retirement of District Judge Norman Anderson, the North Dakota Supreme Court said Tuesday, Oct. 10. The court received comments supported filling the vacancy in the East Central Judicial District, which is made up of Cass, Steele and Traill counties. It didn't receive petitions to relocate the vacancy.
Pink balloons were released during a candlelight vigil for 21-year-old North Dakota State University student Ellie Helm Monday, Oct. 9, on the NDSU campus. Helm was killed in an ATV crash Friday evening, Sept. 29, in Wisconsin.
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.