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BISMARCK — North Dakota election officials will start recounting primary election ballots next week after the Libertarian candidate for secretary of state failed to garner enough votes to advance his campaign to November. Secretary of State Al Jaeger said in an email Thursday, Aug. 16, the recount for Roland Riemers will start Aug. 24, a Friday, before continuing on Aug. 27-29.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem again defended the state's participation in lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act Tuesday, Aug. 14. In a letter to state Rep. Corey Mock and state Sen. Joan Heckaman, the Democratic minority leaders in their respective chambers, Stenehjem said it's his duty to "support and defend the constitution." He said Congress has repealed the tax penalties for individuals who don't buy health insurance, meaning the "remaining constitutional support for the law is now gone."
BISMARCK — The U.S. Travel Association has named North Dakota's Sara Otte Coleman as its state tourism director of the year, the organization announced Monday, Aug. 13. The association cited a 35 percent jump in tourism-related employment in North Dakota under her direction. It also noted the promotional campaign featuring Hollywood actor and North Dakota native Josh Duhamel.
BROOKINGS, S.D.—Football followers of the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University may have to pay more to watch their teams online this fall. The Missouri Valley Football Conference unveiled its television and web streaming schedule Friday and of the conference's 56 regular-season home games, 43 of them will be streamed on ESPN+, which is the sports company's new direct-to-consumer subscription service. The cost of that service is $4.99 per month but customers can cancel at any time.
BISMARCK — North Dakota voters will decide whether to amend the state constitution this fall with language aimed at ensuring only U.S. citizens can vote in elections here, Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Friday, Aug. 10. A group led by former state Republican Party Chairman Gary Emineth, who's running for the state Senate in Bismarck this year, submitted 35,637 signatures last month, well above the 26,904 necessary to get a constitutional measure on the ballot. Jaeger's office said Friday 32,786 signatures were verified.
BISMARCK — Attorneys for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said this week the agency will need more time to review information from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline before completing an environmental study. In a status report filed in the U.S. District Court in North Dakota, the Corps said it has "almost completed its evaluation" but now expects to issue a decision by the end of the month. It had previously expected to complete the process by Friday, Aug. 10.
BISMARCK — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will visit North Dakota next week to tour a coal mine and an adjacent power plant, Republican members of the state's congressional delegation said Thursday, Aug. 9. Perry, a former Texas governor who was tapped to lead the Department of Energy last year, will tour North American Coal's Falkirk Mine near Underwood, N.D., on Aug. 13 before examining Great River Energy's Coal Creek Station next door. Coal Creek is the largest power plant in the state.
DEVILS LAKE -- A man who drowned Monday, Aug. 8, at Devils Lake has been identified. Daniel Chisholm of Grand Forks died Monday afternoon at CHI St. Alexius Health, Ramsey County Sheriff Steve Nelson said. Chisholm, 64, had tried to launch his boat into Six-Mile Bay but it was pulled onto the lake by wind, Nelson said. He swam out toward the boat and tried to catch it but he went under.
WAHPETON, N.D. – Authorities have identified an 84-year-old woman who was killed and two people who were injured in a home explosion Saturday, Aug. 4, west of Wahpeton. Mavis Onchuck, of Wahpeton, was killed in the blast, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Office. Cole Defries, 22, and Danielle Faller, 25, both of Wahpeton, were injured and were taken to a hospital where they were treated and released, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. The explosion occurred about 9:40 a.m. when the three people were in the home.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's fall duck flight is expected to be up 12 percent from last year, based on observations from the annual mid-July waterfowl production survey, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department reported Monday, Aug. 6. This year's duck brood index was up 37 percent from last year and showed 5.11 broods per square mile, an increase of 39 percent. Average brood size is unchanged at 6.76 ducklings per brood.