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BISMARCK—Otter Tail Power Co. has asked the North Dakota Public Service Commission for a rate increase that will raise typical residential bills by about $11.50 a month, the company said Thursday, Nov. 2. The request was partly driven by "investments in required environmental technologies" at the Big Stone coal-fired plant and improved transmission infrastructure. The rate case is expected to last nearly a year.
BISMARCK—North Dakota celebrated its 128th birthday Thursday, Oct. 2, by releasing the biennial Blue Book. The 592-page book is a compilation of all things North Dakota, including biographies of elected officials, a list of Miss Rodeo North Dakota winners dating back to 1955 and a map of state parks. The book's latest edition was introduced in a ceremony at the state Capitol Thursday. It features the state Department of Agriculture's Pride of Dakota program and a chapter on the impact of World War I on North Dakota.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota land commissioner is among three finalists for the job, Gov. Doug Burgum's office said Thursday, Nov. 2. The five-member Land Board, chaired by Gov. Doug Burgum, approved a short-term extension for Lance Gaebe's appointment earlier this year but also opened up applications for the position. A selection committee forwarded three finalists to the Land Board: • Gaebe, who has served in his role since August 2010 • Douglas Lee of Bismarck, who most recently worked as general manager of KLJ Progress Solutions
FARGO — Eleven Fargo attorneys have applied to succeed a North Dakota district judge who will retire early next year, the state Supreme Court said Wednesday, Nov. 1. The applicants for the East Central Judicial District vacancy are: • Alisha Ankers • Marquis Bradshaw • David Chapman • Constance Cleveland • Katrina Turman Lang • Jason McLean • Adele Page • Susan Solheim • Stephannie Stiel • Nicholas Thornton • Tristan Van de Streek
DRAYTON, N.D. -- A northeast North Dakota man has been charged with sexually assaulting an infant child. Scott Dale Monson, 39, of Drayton has been charged with gross sexual imposition, a Class A felony, after authorities say he took the hand of a child and rubbed it on his genitals on Sept. 19 in Drayton. The alleged victim was born in 2016, according to court documents.
ARTHUR, N.D. – Investigators and insurance agents spent Halloween morning in the ashes of Arthur’s Barn, and they concluded that the longtime country music venue burned to the ground last week because of an electrical malfunction. “There is nothing determining that it was anything but accidental,” said Steve Gabrielson, an investigator with the Cass County Sheriff’s Department.
HORACE, N.D. — Wild Rice Bar and Grill owner Bruce Schauer said he's seen a lot of inappropriate Halloween costumes at his establishment over the past 24 years, but nothing quite like what one patron wore on Saturday, Oct. 28. An unidentified man entered the Horace bar about 10 that night wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe. The man was in the bar for a total of 36 minutes, and security camera footage shows people posing for photos with him. "It just goes to show where America is at in 2017," said 56-year-old Schauer. "It says a lot about our country, doesn't it?"
FARGO—Cash Wise will build its fourth grocery store in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area at the site of a proposed new outlet mall in south Fargo.
WASHINGTON - Special prosecutor Robert S. Mueller III on Monday revealed charges against three former Trump campaign officials - former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his longtime business partner Rick Gates and former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos - marking the first criminal allegations to come from probes into possible Russian influence in U.S. political affairs.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — Testing deer for chronic wasting disease will be a focus for Department of Natural Resources staff in several permit areas in north-central, central and southeast Minnesota when the firearms season opens Saturday, Nov. 4, officials say. "That's going to occupy a lot of our staff for the first few days of deer season," said John Williams, Northwest Region wildlife supervisor for the DNR in Bemidji. "Just about everybody in wildlife is going to be wearing that hat on the opener and the next couple of days (after that)."