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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — North Dakota State's men's basketball team has been picked to finish fifth in The Summit League this season while North Dakota is picked to finish seventh, according to the annual preseason poll of league head coaches, sports information directors and media released on Thursday, Oct. 4. In the Summit poll, South Dakota State—led by Preseason Player of the Year Mike Daum—was picked first. South Dakota came in second followed in order by Denver, Purdue Fort Wayne, NDSU, Oral Roberts, UND, Omaha and Western Illinois.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's campaign said Thursday, Oct. 4, she raised more than $3.8 million in the third quarter. The haul brings her total this election cycle to more than $14.6 million. She ended the quarter with almost $3.2 million in cash-on-hand, the campaign said. The campaign's disclosure came ahead of the Federal Election Commission's Oct. 15 filing deadline.
LOS ANGELES -- Tobias Harris scored 23 points and Danilo Gallinari added 22 as the Los Angeles Clippers stormed past the Minnesota Timberwolves 128-101 for a preseason victory late Wednesday night. The Wolves were led by Karl-Anthony Towns' 18 points. Andrew Wiggins and Tyus Jones added 12 apiece. Towns led the Wolves in rebounding with seven. The Cliippers took control of the game in the second quarter, outscoring Minnesota 29-15 for a 69-53 halftime lead.
FARGO — Some cool cats are headed to the Red River Zoo. Sally Jacobson, executive director of the Fargo zoo, said the zoo is preparing a home for a pair of Eurasian lynx — sisters, actually — that are expected to arrive by spring at the latest. The siblings will occupy space that used to be home to the zoo's brown eared pheasant exhibit, which has been moved to the zoo's aviary. Jacobson said the lynx enclosure will have trails the cats can use for climbing.
GRAND FORKS -- Grand Forks Air Force Base has identified the airman who died in a crash near Grand Forks Monday night, Oct. 1 Senior Airman David L. Pharaoh, 23, died driving to work on U.S. Highway 2 after his vehicle hit an empty beet truck merging onto a right shoulder. "This tragedy is felt throughout our defender family," Pharaoh's commander Maj. Schneider
FARGO — A crackdown on violent crime and gang activity resulted in 41 arrests last month in the Fargo-Moorhead area, according to federal officials. It's the third year such a crackdown has taken place, with the aim of disrupting gang networks and curbing violent crime. During the crackdown, officers seized one gun, two stolen vehicles, 149 grams of illegal drugs and $8,872 in illicit funds, the U.S. Marshals Service said in a news release.
BISMARCK — North Dakota state election officials have encouraged tribal members who lack a street address needed to vote in next month's election to contact local authorities to obtain one.
DENVER -- North Dakota-based Cloverdale Foods Co. has agreed to pay $72,530 to settle a Clean Air Act settlement at its Mandan, N.D., facility, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said. The settlement resulted from a 2016 EPA inspection at the facility which revealed violations of the Clean Air Act’s Risk Management Program regulations related to the management of anhydrous ammonia, including deficiencies associated with safety and emergency contact information, hazard analysis, mechanical integrity, operating procedures and compliance audits, the EPA said in a news release.
MINOT, N.D. -- The Righteous Brothers will perform in place of Alabama at the Norsk Høstfest on Saturday, Sept. 29, in Minot because of a severe case of bronchitis for Alabama lead vocalist Randy Owen, the Scandinavian festival organization said Friday. Høstfest officials said in a news release a jet will be commissioned to fly The Righteous Brothers directly from Las Vegas to Minot to perform at 7:30 p.m. All tickets for the Alabama show will be honored for The Righteous Brothers in the same seats as originally purchased.
Fargo, ND — Fargo police officers have confirmed that Christopher Riley was found and arrested in Lindenwood Park around 11 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28. He has been on the run for a week and according to police he is suspected of shooting and killing his father, Kevin Riley Sr. Riley was taken into custody without incident. He was found in the gray Dodge truck taken from the crime scene.