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BISMARCK—The North Dakota Public Service Commission's two rail safety inspectors issued 49 violations last year, the agency said Thursday, Feb. 8. The program was approved by state lawmakers in 2015 after an oil train derailment near Casselton, N.D., sparked an explosion in late 2013. Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak said inspectors issued "multiple violations related to wheel defects, side bearing problems, and switch issues," which "have a direct relation to derailments."
WAHPETON, N.D. – A student reportedly died on a boarding school campus here earlier this week. The Circle of Nations School confirmed Wednesday, Feb. 7, that a 13-year-old girl was found dead at about 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, according to Brian Watson, dean of students. "The Circle of Nations School community suffered a tragic loss,” read a statement provided by the school. “It's difficult for all of us to face the death of a young person.”
PEMBINA, N.D.—An environmental activist who shut off an emergency valve on the TransCanada Keystone oil pipeline was sentenced Tuesday to spend one year in prison. Michael Eric Foster, 53, of Seattle, initially was charged with eight different crimes for his participation in the 2016 action that targeted a section of pipeline that runs through northeast North Dakota. Foster was joined on trial by co-defendant Samuel L. Jessup, of Winooski, Vt., a fellow "valve-turner" who livestreamed Foster's actions at the pipeline for viewing on the Internet.
WASHINGTON — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz will be the keynote speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast dinner Thursday, Feb. 8. North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer made the announcement in an interview on KXJB-TV. Wentz, the former North Dakota State University star, will replace Vice President Mike Pence, who will be in Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the Olympic opening ceremonies.
FARGO - Inside Edition will air an exclusive story on the case of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind and her child, Haisley Jo.
FARGO – One of the two suspects accused of killing 22-year-old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind while she was eight months pregnant has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The Badlands Conservation Alliance and the North Dakota Wildlife Federation have released a 15-minute film, "Keeping All the Pieces," about the impact of oil and gas development on natural resources in the Badlands of western North Dakota. The two groups developed the film to "engage the public in conversation about what we want for the future of North Dakota," said Jan Swenson, executive director of the Badlands Conservation Alliance.
BROOKINGS, S.D.—Mike Daum and David Jenkins Jr. took turns dominating halves for South Dakota State on Thursday night at Frost Arena. That scoring combination proved too much for North Dakota State to overcome. Daum scored 21 points in the first half and Jenkins poured in 18 points after halftime to vault the Jackrabbits to an 82-63 victory in Summit League men's basketball before 3,377 fans. Daum finished with a game-high 31 points and surpassed 2,000 points for his career during the second half. The 6-foot-9 junior also grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Lynx re-signed forward Rebekkah Brunson, the team's all-time leader in rebounds, the team announced Thursday, Feb. 1. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not announced.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring will seek re-election this year, he announced Thursday, Feb. 1. The Republican has been in office since 2009, when then-Gov. John Hoeven appointed him to fill the job vacated by Democrat Roger Johnson, who resigned to lead the National Farmers Union. Goehring was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. In 2014, Goehring survived a challenge for the Republican Party's endorsement at the state convention.