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BISMARCK — North Dakota House leaders expect longer floor sessions in the coming days with lawmakers set to vote on hundreds of bills ahead of a mid-session deadline. House Majority Leader Chet Pollert, R-Carrington, told legislators Monday, Feb. 4, that they will extend floor sessions to two hours for the rest of this week before moving to three-hour sessions next week. He also raised the possibility of working nights. Pollert said lawmakers are roughly matching the pace from the 2017 session, but they have introduced more bills this session.
Minnesota 4, Michigan 3 After hearing an earful on Saturday morning, Tommy Novak’s third period power play goal was the difference-maker, as the Gophers built a big lead, saw it slip away, then managed a 4-3 win over the Michigan Wolverines on Feb. 2, to salvage a split of their weekend series. Read more about it here. Minnesota Duluth 6, Colorado College 0
SPRINGBROOK, N.D. — A 38-year-old man is dead and his passenger injured after a rollover crash on County Road 6 about five miles east of Springbrook early Saturday, Feb. 2. The driver was identified as Philip Burkhalter, of Epping, and the passenger as John Ramsey, 25, of Texas. Road conditions were dry, but it was windy, according to a release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
No. 7 Denver 2, North Dakota 1 An ever-so-familiar storyline played out for the Fighting Hawks on Friday: UND generated dozens of Grade-A chances, couldn’t finish on enough of them and came away with a 2-1 loss to the Denver Pioneers. Denver goalie Filip Larsson stopped 45 of 46 shots for the game. He’s now stopped 77 of 79 in his two starts against the Fighting Hawks this season. Read more here.
FFA prides itself on changing with the times. Now, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to modernize the charter of the National FFA Organization. House Resolution 439 “increases FFA’s autonomy while preserving its longstanding relationship with the U.S. Department of Education,” according to a written statement by the National FFA Organization.
GRAND FORKS — Two Grand Forks women pleaded not guilty Friday to kidnapping-related charges stemming from an August incident that triggered an Amber Alert. Jasmine Sophia Davis appeared in court alongside her mother, Melissa Sue Davis, to enter pleas to the felony charges. Jasmine Davis is facing a kidnapping charge and Melissa Davis is facing a charge of conspiracy to commit kidnapping.
BISMARCK— The North Dakota Department of Health is reporting widespread influenza activity in the state for the first time this flu season. The department said Friday, Feb. 1, it isn't too late to get the flu shot, and anyone 6 months or older should be vaccinated. In North Dakota, 1,810 laboratory-identified cases of influenza have been reported this season to the health department, with most of them being children under the age of 10. Last season, one of the worst in the past 20 years in the state, there were 8,498 reported cases of the flu.
FARGO — Fargo police have released the identity of an elderly woman who was found dead in a car in a grocery store parking lot on Wednesday, Jan. 30, as 65-year-old Barbara Anne Barry. Police believe Barry was homeless and had been deceased in the car for a few months. They do not suspect foul play. She was not reported as a missing person, police said.
HUDSON, Wis. - A 51-year-old man charged in November with felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and maintaining a drug trafficking place after authorities seized more than 280 pounds of pot from two Baldwin-area properties, pleaded not guilty to both charges last week. Pheng Lee posted $35,000 cash bond last week in St. Croix County Circuit Court, according to court records.
MAYVILLE, N.D. — Mayville State head football coach Sean Thom has resigned to pursue other opportunities, the school said in a news release Monday, Jan. 28. Thom became the Comets’ head coach in December 2016. His last day will be Feb. 1. “I thank the players for the blood, sweat and tears that they put into this football program,” Thom said in a release. “This business is all about relationships, and I feel like the young men who have served on this team will forever be in my DNA.”