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BISMARCK — A federal judge has dismissed a racketeering lawsuit the developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline brought against environmental groups. U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson of Arkansas said Thursday, Feb. 14, that Energy Transfer Partners' allegations fall "far short" of the standard needed to establish an organized criminal enterprise. "This case involves several groups/individuals with similar interests who happened to allegedly engage in unlawful activity around the same time," he wrote.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A site along U.S. Highway 2 where 16 cattle died on Monday, Feb. 11, could soon host a new billboard from an organization that advocates for animal rights by way of meat-free diets. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, announced Thursday its plans to place a sign along Highway 2, about 3 miles west of Devils Lake, to honor the animals that died when a livestock trailer overturned this week and killed roughly a fifth of the cattle being transported.
Two residents from Fergus Falls, Minn., who helped expose a false story about “Trump worship” in the German newspaper Der Spiegel will be visiting UND’s campus Friday to discuss what they learned about the stereotypes that many international and urban American readers have about "small town" United States. In 2017, the German newspaper published a story written by Claas Relotius about the small Minnesota city. The piece painted the town as racist and had residents who blindly supported President Donald Trump.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A former Yankton Sioux tribal official was sentenced this week to spend life in prison for 15 counts of sexual offenses involving children over a period of 24 years. Quentin Bruguier Jr., 55, of Lake Andes, was ordered on Monday, Feb. 11, in U.S. District Court to serve 12 life sentences for four counts of sexual abuse and eight counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. He was also given three 10-year sentences for three counts of abusive sexual contact. All sentences will run concurrently in federal prison.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has renewed his nomination of Drew Wrigley to again serve as the U.S. attorney for North Dakota. "We welcome the president's re-nomination of Drew now that the new Congress has convened," Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said in a statement on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Hoeven said Wrigley, who served as lieutenant governor from 2010 to 2016, "brings a depth of experience that will promote public safety in our state and help ensure offenders are brought to justice."
BISMARCK — The University of Mary raised more than $100 million during the first of three phases of a strategic plan and capital campaign that has a $272 million goal. The first phase of Vision 2030, completed in three and a half years, stands as the largest successful capital campaign in the history of western North Dakota, the school said Tuesday, Feb. 12. The school's Phase I goal was $96 million. “Words cannot express how honored and humbled we feel on this bright day,” said University of Mary President Monsignor James Shea at a news conference Tuesday.
BISMARCK -- A North Dakota House committee gave a "do not pass" recommendation to the session's second sexual orientation anti-discrimination bill Tuesday, Feb. 12.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Sixteen cattle died in a snow fog crash on Monday, Feb. 11, about noon on U.S. Highway 2 about 3 miles west of Devils Lake. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Garrett Hoopman of Dunseith was traveling east towing a livestock trailer when a semi passed him, leaving him in a cloud of snow fog. Hoopman was unable to see the roadway and ran off the four-lane highway into the snow-filled median where he hit an embankment and the livestock trailer he was pulling with his 2013 Kenworth overturned, the patrol said.
FARGO -- Police on Monday, Feb. 11, have identified the 68-year-old Fargo man found dead last week in a grocery store parking lot. It was the second time in two weeks a body had been found inside a vehicle outside a Fargo grocery store. The body of Roger Fjedahl, 68, of Fargo was discovered just after 9 a.m. Saturday in the Hornbacher's parking lot at 1532 32nd Ave. S. Police say they don't believe he died due to cold weather and no foul play is expected. They say the incident is still under investigation.
VERMILLION, S.D. - The University of South Dakota women’s basketball team is ranked No. 25 in Monday’s AP Top 25 women’s poll, the first Summit League program to be ranked since the 2008-09 season. According to the school, the Coyotes (22-3) are just the third Summit League team to be ranked in history, joining South Dakota State (2008-09) and Northern Illinois (1993-94). The Coyotes have beat then-No. 23 Iowa State and then-No. 22 Missouri this season. The Coyotes had received votes the first 10 weeks of the season.