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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)."
ADA, Minn.—A woman charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of her boyfriend last summer made an initial appearance in Norman County District Court on Friday, Oct. 27. Monalisa Perez, 20, is accused in court papers of shooting Pedro Ruiz III, 22, in the chest in June during what Perez told investigators was an attempt to make a profitable YouTube video. At Friday's hearing, the court told Perez to keep the court and her attorney informed about where she is living and she was ordered to make all future court appearances.
Vice President Mike Pence will speak from Minot Air Force Base today. The speech is scheduled to begin at about 2:20 p.m. Related: Vice President Pence to visit North Dakota air base We will carry live coverage of Pence's speech beginning at 2 p.m. You can find the live stream on our live video page.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Highway Patrol is urging motorists to travel with care Thursday and Friday. High winds are expected across the state, while winter storm conditions are possible in eastern North Dakota. During inclement weather, high-profile, long-load type, and permitted over-dimensional vehicles have restricted travel, the patrol said in a news release Oct. 26. State law restricts movement for these vehicles when wind or other conditions may cause the vehicle or attachment to swerve, whip, sway, or fail to follow in the path of the towing vehicle.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's governor and senior senator will join Vice President Mike Pence when he visits Minot Air Force Base Friday, Oct. 27. Pence, a Republican, will meet with base leadership and address the airmen. The base is home to both B-52 bombers and intercontinental ballistic missile silos. "It's important for the administration to be familiar with the good work of our airmen and understand the importance of maintaining a credible and modern nuclear force to counter threats like North Korea and Iran," Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said in a statement.
MITCHELL, S.D. — The names of the people involved in a fatal crash Saturday, Oct. 21, near Mitchell have officially been released. Along with Tracy Morehead, who died from injuries sustained in the crash, 37-year-old Mitchell resident Brent Klinger sustained minor injuries and 33-year-old Ashley Klinger, also of Mitchell, sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
VALLEY CITY, N.D.—Two people died and a third was injured early Wednesday, Oct. 25, in a head-on crash on Interstate 94 about 12 miles west of Valley City. According to a report released by the North Dakota Highway Patrol:
CASSELTON, N.D. — A Valley City woman was injured when her SUV hit a large piece of debris and rolled on Interstate 94 at the Maple River bridge Monday afternoon, Oct. 23, the North Dakota Highway Patrol reported. According to the report, issued Tuesday: Margie Carlson, 39, was driving a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox westbound in the left lane of I-94 about 4:50 p.m. Monday when she came across the debris in the road. Because of traffic, Carlson wasn't able to swerve right to avoid it.
BELCOURT, N.D. — The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Tribal Council voted to remove its chairman for alleged misconduct Monday, Oct. 23. The vote was unanimous, with seven of the council's nine members present for the meeting, according to a copy of the resolution posted on a tribal government Facebook page. Wayne Keplin, the ousted chairman, was not present. Keplin's ouster is effective immediately. Council Vice Chairman Roman Marcellais has been the acting chairman amid the leadership turmoil.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum appointed Lise Kruse to lead the state Department of Financial Institutions, his office said Monday, Oct. 23. Kruse will succeed Robert Entringer, who previously announced he'll retire from the Cabinet post Nov. 30. Kruse was hired as a financial institutions examiner in the department in 2004, and has been chief examiner of banks since 2011. Kruse's appointment will require state Senate confirmation.