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FARGO -- More than 150 dignitaries and U.S. Department of Agriculture research officials were on hand to formally rename a federal agricultural laboratory in Fargo for Ed Schafer, the only North Dakotan to ever have been named U.S. secretary of agriculture.
ROSCOE, S.D. -- A Roscoe woman is suing the Edmunds County Highway Department in northern South Dakota claiming she was wrongfully fired because of sexual discrimination. Janet Wipf, 52, is seeking $419,558 in damages after being fired from her weed spraying job, according to court documents.
MANDAN, N.D. -- A judge has ordered the forfeiture of a truck seized from a traffic stop that netted illegal narcotics and a man police say was involved in a shooting in July in Mandan. South Central District Judge David Reich signed the order for forfeiture to the Mandan Police Department on Oct. 12. Defendants Ryan Azure and Kassandra Brady were arrested July 5 in the traffic stop involving the truck, a black 2006 Dodge Ram 1500.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- Oasis Petroleum continues to investigate the cause of a pipeline leak that released about 4,050 barrels, or 170,100 gallons, of brine at a saltwater disposal well about 8 miles south of Williston in McKenzie County. The spill was contained to the well site, but the North Dakota Department of Health is investigating the extent of contamination below the surface. Oasis said in a statement that crews immediately stopped the leak after it was discovered about 9 a.m. Oct. 18.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- A 58-year-old Williston man died when his vehicle left the road early Wednesday morning and hit a stop sign, utility pole and fence on U.S. Highway 2 in the city. His name has not yet been released.
BISMARCK -- With under two weeks to go before Election Day on Nov. 6, early voting is going strong in North Dakota with the numbers changing by the minute. According to updates on the Secretary of State's office, as of late Tuesday afternoon, 46,585 people have voted by no-excuse absentee, mail-in or at early voting polling centers. The numbers change by the hour, said Secretary of State Al Jaeger, so he was unable to say if he believes it will be a new record for a mid-term election.
OAKES, N.D. -- A semi driver hauling soybeans is in a Fargo hospital after he collided with a combine in southeast North Dakota near Oakes on Tuesday morning, Oct. 23. Daryell Simpson, 39, of Oakes was injured in the crash. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Simpson was driving a 1991 semi pulling a trailer loaded with soybeans behind the combine on a county highway about seven miles southeast of Oakes about 9:30 a.m. near the North Dakota-South Dakota border.
BOSTON -- Clayton Kershaw took steps to prepare for his first career start at Fenway Park but didn't have it when he took the mound for Game 1 of the World Series. The Boston Red Sox roughed up the Los Angeles Dodgers ace for five runs in four-plus innings, pulling away late for an 8-4 win Tuesday night and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
GRAND FORKS -- A former University of North Dakota student used more than $40,000 from his fraternity for a long list of purchases, including designer clothes and other high-end items, according to recently released court documents.
WILLMAR, Minn. - The Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported Tuesday, Oct. 23, that it has confirmed a case of H5N2 low pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Kandiyohi County in central Minnesota. This is not the same virus that was the cause of the highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak that caused thousands of poultry deaths in the Midwest in 2015. The disease, known as H5N2 LPAI, was detected during routine surveillance testing of a flock of 10,000 13-week-old turkey toms on Oct. 19.