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NEW SALEM, N.D. -- A 79-year-old New Salem man died in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 on Thursday, Oct. 11, about 20 miles west of Bismarck, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The man, driving a 1997 Toyota Tacoma, was traveling eastbound when he applied his brakes and started to slow shortly before 6:30 a.m. for an unknown reason, the patrol said.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — An experienced sports writer and former editor has been selected to help lead Forum Communications Co.’s efforts to coordinate and expand its sports reporting efforts. Mick Hatten begins Nov. 6 as a sports editor tasked with leading its emphasis on high school and college hockey, expanding its network of freelance writers for sports tournament coverage and expanding offerings to audiences across Minnesota and North Dakota.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. -- A 30-year-old Grand Forks driver was killed early Thursday morning, Oct. 11, after hitting a support column for an overpass in East Grand Forks. Marcus Christopher Contreras was southbound at 2:22 a.m. on River Road just east of the Kennedy Bridge when he drove a 2008 Honda Accord onto the center median of the street, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. He then hit the support column of an overpass where River Road goes under Gateway Drive, the release said.
BISMARCK — A large wind farm is planned for south central North Dakota, according to documents filed with the state's Public Service Commission. The 298.1-megawatt project will consist of up to 123 turbines and is slated for northeastern Emmons County and southwestern Logan County, about 41 miles southeast of Bismarck. The project is being proposed by an indirect subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, and the company is seeking a siting permit from the PSC.
NEW TOWN, N.D. -- A man was killed when his vehicle rolled Tuesday morning about two miles north of New Town in the western part of North Dakota. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says 23-year-old Darren Cooley from Kooskia, Idaho, appeared to miss a left-hand curve on a hill on state Highway 1804. As the curve decended into a valley, his 2012 Dodge Ram pickup went off the right shoulder, went airborne and struck the downslope of a ditch, causing it to overturn.The driver was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene, the patrol said.
WASHINGTON -- Midwest U.S. senators are pleased with the news that President Donald Trump’s administration will initiate the process to make 15 percent ethanol-blended fuel — commonly known as E15 — available year-round. Republicans John Thune and Mike Rounds each said that the change would benefit South Dakota farmers and consumers. Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) said farmers will have an increased market for their products and consumers will have more options at the pump.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board has announced funding of its Maternal and Child Health Department for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, located in northeastern South Dakota and southeastern North Dakota. The funding kick starts the Tribal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program on the Lake Traverse Reservation. The project aims to improve healthy development, family support and early childhood learning among Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate women and children.
BISMARCK -- A bipartisan coalition of attorneys general are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to create new rules to allow telephone service providers to block more illegal robocalls across the country. The attorneys general from North Dakota and Minnesota have joined peers in more than 30 other states and the District of Columbia in urging the FCC to curb unwanted phone calls.
WEST FARGO — A 52-year-old West Fargo man accused of sexually abusing a minor for nearly six years has been arrested and is now in the Cass County Jail. Valentin Jose Valenzuela was charged Friday, Oct. 5, in Cass County District Court with one count of continuous sexual abuse of a minor, a Class AA felony. Valenzuela was subsequently taken into custody on an arrest warrant later on Friday, and he made a court appearance on the charge Monday, Oct. 8. His bail was set at $500,000. Court documents accuse him of sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 15.
BISMARCK -- Individual income taxpayers who filed for an extension are nearing their Oct. 15 deadline. “We estimate that in 2018 approximately 35,000 North Dakota individual income taxpayers filed for an extension with the IRS, and nearly half of those have yet to file their North Dakota return,” Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said.