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Year in Review: Part 1 of 4

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From an officer killed in the line of duty, to a united front against opioid addiction.

We are looking back at the stories that have shaken our communities and the ones that brought us together this year.

Here is the first of our four-part series:

2017 began with tragedy.

In January, Rolette County Deputy Colt Allery died when a man suspected of stealing a car and leading police on a chase shot him.

The 29-year-old deputy had been with the department just three months.

The man who killed him also died that night — after other officers opened fire.

A protest over the Dakota Access Pipeline that lasted nearly 10 months, and captured national attention, came to an end.

An Obama administration order to halt construction on the pipeline was quickly overturned when President Donald Trump took office.

Cleanup started in January, with heavy equipment bulldozing over abandoned camps.

Then, 33 people were arrested after a raid in February to clear out any remaining protesters.

Many had already left because of the cold weather.

Budget constraints left deep cuts in UND athletics.

Fans and players were shocked to hear the successful Women's Hockey program would end.

The men's and women's swimming and diving teams were also eliminated, as the department had to cut $1.3 million dollars.

Later in the year, Athletic Director Brian Faison announced his retirement after nine years with the university.

And opioid addiction continued to devastate local families and communities, leading some to take steps to counteract the crisis.

North Dakota's new First Lady, Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, made addiction recovery her platform.

President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a National Public health emergency, and healthcare providers like Sanford dramatically decreased the number of prescription opioids they give to patients.

For part two, click here.

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