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WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., is fuming over a U.S. House member's efforts to block Savanna's Act, legislation aimed at addressing the epidemic of Native American women and girls who experience violence in their lives, especially on rural reservations across the nation. The bill named for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a pregnant Fargo woman who was abducted and killed last year in a baby-snatching case, was passed by the U.S. Senate as a unanimous consent bill on Dec. 7.
FARGO— Sloan Stoltz of south Fargo knew something was wrong when her mother collapsed at home in front of her and the family's 4-year-old twin boys on Thanksgiving weekend. So the 8-year-old quickly FaceTimed her aunt, Jenna Lee, in Grand Forks, who told the girl to get help at neighbor Mark Donarski's house in the tight-knit Farmstead Court neighborhood in south Fargo. Lee's husband, Jason, a law enforcement officer, meanwhile, called 911 while Donarski knew something was seriously wrong when a barefooted Sloan knocked on the door looking distraught and trembling.
BISMARCK — Two men have been charged and another has been sentenced for sex offenses on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in west-central North Dakota. Sentenced was Nathan Leon Yellow Lodge Jr., 26, of New Town, for sexual abuse of a minor. He will spend five years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release. He was convicted of having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old when he was 25 years old in June of last year, according to the U.S. Attorney's office for North Dakota. Federal Judge Daniel Hovland sentenced Yellow Lodge in October.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — There was a crash in gene therapy in the 1990s when rapid development led to less support and funding for gene therapy projects. But the field is booming now. It was evident on Tuesday night, Dec. 4, in the awarding of the Sanford Health Lorraine Cross Award worth $1 million.
FARGO — Legalize ND leader David Owen said they are “100 percent” going to try again in 2020 to pass a recreational marijuana bill in North Dakota. Despite failing by a 59 percent to 41 percent margin earlier this month, Owen said they are using North Dakota attorneys to write the new proposed language for the ballot measure.
FARGO — Sheri Paulson, who farms near Galesburg in eastern North Dakota, made a trip to Washington state a while back and tried some medical marijuana oil as it was legal there. The woman, who suffers from complications with multiple sclerosis, put drops under her tongue at the suggestion of staff at the retail store, and for the first time in eight years she didn’t feel any pain for five days.
MINOT, N.D. -- Two men died in a head-on crash in Minot on Tuesday, Nov. 20, about 7:45 p.m. in foggy, drizzly conditions in northeast Minot. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, a pickup driven by a 26-year-old Trey Bennett of Bismarck was attempting to pass when he struck a vehicle driven by a 61-year-old Mariano Rodriguez of Surrey head-on, witnesses reported.
HUMBOLDT, S.D. -- A crash after crossing an icy bridge on Interstate 90 west of Sioux Falls near the town of Humboldt last Saturday morning has taken the life of a Fort Pierre woman and left four other teens seriously injured. The woman was identified Wednesday, Nov. 21, as Jennifer Davis.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. -- A 19-year-old Valley City man was seriously hurt when his pickup hit a train at a crossing two miles west of Valley City about 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Jonathan Langer was taken to Mercy Hospital in Valley City and then transferred to Sanford Hospital in Fargo for further treatment, said the North Dakota State Patrol.
EAGAN, Minn. -- According to Pro Football Focus, the Vikings have the NFL’s top-ranked safety. But his name is not Harrison Smith. Smith has been rated No. 1 at times in recent seasons, but the top guy in the league now, according to the analytics site, is Anthony Harris.