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BISMARCK — A Pennsylvania man operating a discount travel service under several fictitious names has been banned from doing business in North Dakota. Thomas Joseph, who lists addresses in two Pennsylvania cities, violated the state's consumer fraud, transient merchant and business licensing laws, according to a Wednesday, Jan. 31, media release from Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
GRAND FORKS — Two deer shot by hunters in southwestern North Dakota during the 2017 deer gun season have tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the state Game and Fish Department said Monday, Jan. 29. According to Dr. Dan Grove, wildlife veterinarian for Game and Fish, the whitetail buck and mule deer doe came from Unit 3F2. Since 2009, 11 deer in North Dakota have tested positive for CWD, Grove said, all from Unit 3F2. Commonly known as CWD, chronic wasting disease affects the nervous system in members of the deer family and is always fatal.
BISMARCK—Longtime North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced a re-election bid Monday, Jan. 29, setting up an intraparty battle for the statewide elected office. Jaeger, a Republican first elected in 1992, said in a statement that he was proud of his record, including implementing new technology, conducting fair elections and managing the state's records. He noted North Dakota has been listed No. 1 on the Pew Charitable Trusts' election performance index four election cycles in a row.
FARGO—For the third year in a row, fewer people are flying out of North Dakota airports. Commercial airport traffic boardings dropped by 1.8 percent percent in 2017 from the year before. The state, however, is still over the million boardings mark, with the number at 1,030,631 for 2017 compared to 1,049,418 in 2016. The record was in 2014 with 1.2 million boardings, which topped off seven years of growth.
FARGO — The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota urges fans to use every precaution possible to ensure Super Bowl tickets they buy are legitimate. Minneapolis is hosting Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4, with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles playing at U.S. Bank Stadium. With demand high and ticket prices for the big game starting around $3,500 before fees, the stakes are raised.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Randy Christmann will seek re-election this year, he announced Thursday, Jan. 25. Christmann, a Republican, has been a member of the three-member commission since 2012 and currently serves as its chairman. The PSC regulates utilities, licenses grain elevators and is responsible for siting power plants and transmission lines, among other duties.
An Oklahoma man denied charges that say he exposed himself and in front of a customer more than two years ago at a Grand Forks Starbucks. Larry Brian Rick, 49, of Moore, Okla., pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Grand Forks District Court to two Class C felony counts of indecent exposure. The charges stem from an Aug. 15, 2015, incident reported at 1217 S. Washington St., the location of a now-closed Starbucks. Rick was staring at a customer before he exposed his genitals and masturbated in front of her, witnesses said in charging documents. He then left the restaurant.
FARGO - For the third year in a row, fewer people are flying out of North Dakota airports. Commercial airport traffic dropped more than two percent in 2017 from the year before. That's about 23,000 fewer flyers. It marks the third year in a row the state has seen a drop, but experts say it's not nearly as bad as the numbers might look.
Football fans and the merely curious will watch the Sunday, Feb. 4 Super Bowl from Minneapolis, but most will have no idea that the game is only the best known part of a 10-day festival. Using the theme "Bold North," tourism officials and the National Football League have put together a collection of activities that range from celebrating all things winter to meeting NFL players. Many of the 30-plus events were designed for the Super Bowl, but ones like St. Paul's Winter Carnival were modified to fit with the Super Bowl's schedule.
GRAND FORKS—The Red River Valley and Devils Lake basins likely won't see much flooding from snowmelt this year, meteorologists predict. The risk of significant flooding in North Dakota and Minnesota after the snow melts this spring is lower than historical averages, the National Weather Service said Tuesday in its spring flood outlook. It's in part due to dry conditions that have persisted throughout the winter, meteorologists said in the outlook.