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BISMARCK — A bill that would have given STEM students a break on tuition their senior year failed to garner enough votes Friday in the Senate. Senate Bill 2334, introduced by Sen. Curt Kreun, R-Grand Forks, would have created a senior year tuition waiver program for students majoring in a field of science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Students would have received their senior year tuition-free only if they remained employed in North Dakota for at least three years after graduation.
PAGE, N.D. — No one was injured when a train collided with a stuck car near Page early Friday, Feb. 8, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. A Mazda 3 became stuck in a snow bank at a railroad crossing on North Dakota Highway 38, about a half mile south of Page, the patrol said. At about 3:15 a.m., as the three occupants of the Mazda were trying to push the car off the railroad crossing, an eastbound BNSF train struck the car, the patrol said.
THOMPSON, N.D. - A would-be burglar's attempt to steal two vehicles was foiled Friday morning when both cars got stuck in a snowy driveway in the aftermath a blizzard, a the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office said. Deputies said one of the vehicles was still running when they arrived at the rural Thompson home shortly after 1 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, a news release said. The suspect allegedly tried to steal the vehicles from an attached garage, but fled on foot after they both got stuck in the driveway.
FARGO - The life and legacy of Fred Rogers, the beloved host of the popular children's TV show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," will be documented in a two-hour special Saturday night, Feb. 9, PBS said. The documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor," airs on PBS at 7 p.m.
GRAND FORKS - No charges will be filed in a June crash involving a forklift that left a Grand Forks man dead, the Grand Forks County prosecutor said Tuesday, Feb. 5. On June 18, a minivan rear-ended a forklift about a half-mile west of Thompson on Highway 15. The driver of the forklift, 61-year-old Juan Contreras, died as a result of the accident. The driver of the Chrysler Town and Country minivan, 80-year-old Marilyn Pederson of Northwood, and her passenger, 75-year-old Judith Meldahl of Decatur, Ill., were uninjured.
MITCHELL, S.D. - A Mitchell High School student was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 30, and charged with fourth-degree rape for the second time in six months. According to court documents, 18-year-old Gage Schaub had sex with a 15-year-old girl in December and again on Jan. 24, two days after he was convicted of fourth-degree rape in a separate Davison County case. Schaub reportedly also admitted to exchanging nude photos with the same girl and was additionally charged with misdemeanor sexual exploitation of a minor.
GRAND FORKS — A Fargo man pleaded guilty Monday, Feb. 4, to charges alleging he raped a woman he knew. The felony charge was reduced to a misdemeanor. Arsenio Lamare Oquinn, 29, will spend 18 months on unsupervised probation. His initial charge was a Class A felony for gross sexual imposition, which holds a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. During a change of plea hearing Friday, Feb. 1, the charge was amended to a Class A misdemeanor for sexual assault, which holds a maximum of 360 days behind bars.
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.