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LINCOLN, Neb. — A former Harwood, N.D., man was sentenced in federal court in Nebraska to seven years in prison for transporting a minor across state lines for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity. Nicollas Troy Johnson, 25, was sentenced Friday, Oct. 5, in Lincoln. According to court records: In July 2017, the Beatrice (Neb.) Police Department was notified of a 14-year-old female runaway who had been in contact with someone over Facebook. An investigation led authorities to Johnson’s home in Harwood, north of Fargo, but the girl could not be found.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum will announce 2018 as the "Year of the Bird" in North Dakota with an official proclamation set for 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Judicial Wing of the Capitol Building in Bismarck, Audubon Dakota said in a news release.
WOONSOCKET, S.D. — A Woonsocket woman has been arrested for forgery and grand theft. Jenni Greenway, 38, is charged with four counts of forgery and one count of grand theft, all of which are felonies. Sanborn County authorities said Greenway was arrested Saturday, Oct. 6. A complaint alleging the crimes was filed on Sept. 26. She is a sister to former Minnesota Vikings player Chad Greenway.
FARGO -- The former general manager of a Fargo events center was reflective and apologetic as he was sentenced on Monday, Oct. 8, in Cass County District Court on charges of theft. "I'm utterly and truly sorry," Richard Howard Pallay III told the court. Pallay was sentenced to 360 days of supervised probation on one Class B felony count of theft for illegally obtaining more than $15,000 from Sanctuary Events Center. Also as part of his sentence, Pallay must complete 150 hours of community service.
ARMOUR, S.D. — A Corsica man has pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from his grandmother. David Stetson, 48, will be responsible for restitution totalling $27,463.55, the South Dakota Attorney General's Office announced Friday morning, Oct. 5. Stetson was charged in April with three counts of theft by exploitation but reached a deal and pleaded guilty to one count. It is a Class 4 felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $20,000.
BURLINGTON, N.D. -- A 34-year-old Berthold man was arrested Thursday, Oct. 4, following an arson and theft investigation dating back to June. After a residential fire on June 14 in southwest Ward County, the homeowner reported two firearms had been stolen. The state Fire Marshal’s Office and the Ward County Sheriff’s Department ruled the fire as arson.
NEW TOWN, N.D. — A crash near here Friday morning, Oct. 5, on a snowy stretch of road left two people dead, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The crash happened about 6:30 a.m. on the Highway 23 business loop near New Town. An eastbound semi driven by a 63-year-old man from Dagmar, Mont., lost control on the snowy road and crossed over the centerline, colliding head-on with a pickup driven by a 28-year-old man, the patrol said.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is hoping to take advantage of hunters' boots on the ground this weekend as the pheasant season begins to help look for Palmer amaranth, an invasive weed recently found in the state for the first time. "Since thousands of pheasant hunters will be covering the countryside over the next few weeks," said Kevin Kading, Game and Fish Department private lands section supervisor, "we want them to be aware they could run into this plant, and ask them to report any suspected discoveries."
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — The selection committee of the North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame is seeking candidate suggestions for the 2019 hall of fame inductees. Both organizations and individuals may nominate candidates. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Nov. 28. The new inductees will be chosen in December and will be inducted into the N.D. Ag Hall of Fame on Tuesday, March 5, at the North Dakota Winter Show in Valley City.
BISMARCK — North Dakota is updating its "Legendary" brand, Gov. Doug Burgum announced Friday, Oct. 5. The new "Be Legendary" brand refreshes the Legendary moniker that has been used to promote the state for more than 15 years. The governor's office also unveiled a new logo Friday. Burgum's spokesman Mike Nowatzki said the new brand will be phased in on the state's website and the 2019 tourism campaign.