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MOORHEAD, Minn. – The identities of those involved in a four-car crash Saturday afternoon that fatally injured a 2-year-old boy were released by the Moorhead Police Department on Monday, Jan. 8. Zaiden David Engen died Saturday at Fargo’s Sanford Medical Center as a result of the injuries he suffered in the crash, Capt. Tory Jacobson said in a news release.
Pop performer Pink will sing the national anthem before the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, the NFL and NBC announced Monday, Jan. 8. It will be Pink’s first performance at a Super Bowl. Justin Timberlake, as previously announced, will headline the halftime show Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium. Pink’s 2018 Beautiful Trauma World tour is set to kick off on March 1 in Phoenix.
FARGO — North Dakota State's run of five straight national football championships began — and ended — against James Madison University. The Bison defeated James Madison 26-14 in the opening round in 2011 and went on to win their first Football Championship Subdivision championship. NDSU's bid for a sixth straight championship ended last year in a 27-17 semifinal loss in the Fargodome.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's taxable sales and purchases saw a modest bump in the third quarter of 2017, inching up 2.3 percent from the same three-month period the year before. The third quarter total of nearly $4.731 billion marked the second consecutive quarter the economic indicator has increased, according to State Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger's office. The tax commissioner said that's an especially positive sign considering July, August and September saw severe drought in North Dakota.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings have signed coveted Canadian Football League receiver Brandon Zylstra, a former standout at Concordia, to a reserve/future contract. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Zylstra led the CFL with 1,687 receiving yards for the Edmonton Eskimos this past season. One of Zylstra’s many recent NFL workouts included a stop at Winter Park on Dec. 8.
BISMARCK—About 700 barrels of saltwater and 25 barrels of oil spilled in Dunn County Saturday, Dec. 30, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said Tuesday. The spill happened at a saltwater disposal well 13 miles north of Killdeer when a load line froze. The spilled saltwater and oil were contained within the tank battery diking, and 690 barrels of saltwater and 24 barrels of oil were recovered. Hanna SWD, LLC, reported the incident Sunday. A state inspector will visit the site to monitor additional clean-up efforts, according to a news release.
PILLAGER, Minn. -- Two stranded Brainerd motorists were found after getting lost in the woods amid temperatures roughly 23 below zero early Sunday morning, Dec. 31. Pillager Fire Chief Randy Lee said his firefighters were dispatched just after 3 a.m. Sunday to aid the Cass County Sheriff's office in locating two stranded motorists who had gotten lost and run out of gas in the Pillsbury State Forest, north of Pillager.
FARGO — A vehicle headed north on an icy stretch of Interstate 29 shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, lost control and struck the rear of a trooper's squad car, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The trooper was investigating another crash at the time, and his squad car was parked with emergency lights flashing on the median shoulder just north of the Main Avenue exit in Fargo, patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind said in a statement. The Cass County Sheriff's Office is investigating the crash. No one was hurt, Niewind said.
GRAND FORKS -- Most of the Red River Valley region had its coldest Christmas in more than two decades this year, National Weather Service officials said Monday. In Grand Forks, with an early-morning low of negative 19 and a high of negative 9 degrees it was the coldest since Christmas 1996, which had a low and high of negative 25 and negative 13 degrees, respectively.
Lagging oil and farm commodity prices prompted a massive drop in state revenue, making the downturn in the North Dakota budget the state's top story in 2017. The budget shortfall prompted legislators to cut more than 300 full-time equivalent positions for the current biennium, a figure that excludes higher education, as state agencies were forced to tighten budgets. The Legislature approved $4.3 billion in general fund spending for the current biennium, down from a peak of nearly $6.9 billion in the 2013-15 biennium.