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BISMARCK -- North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries biologists investigated winterkills at 13 lakes this spring, and some were considered significant enough to affect the quality of fishing.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Tuesday, May 22, and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, as a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the Friday, May 18, shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. The governor's directive is in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Donald Trump.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Highway Patrol is starting the yearly Click It or Ticket initiative on Monday, May 21, with a highly visible seat belt enforcement campaign. The patrol will be a part of Operation Border to Border from 4-8 p.m. The one-day national awareness event is designed to increase seat belt use from 90.1 percent, according to 2016 figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
WILLISTON, N.D. — A 29-year-old Tioga woman was killed when her vehicle struck a disabled semi and trailer along U.S. Highway 2 early Friday morning, May 18. The semi, a 2006 Peterbilt, driven by David Caudill, 31, of New Brockton, Ala., was partially in the right lane 10 miles northeast of Williston when it became disabled shortly after 5 a.m., the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The woman's vehicle, a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, was westbound and struck the rear of the trailer, spun and overturned. The woman was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum tapped state Highway Patrol Maj. Brandon Solberg to lead the agency Thursday, May 17. Solberg will succeed Col. Michael Gerhart, who is retiring from the the Highway Patrol at the end of June after four years as its superintendent. Solberg has been with the Highway Patrol for more than two decades, the governor's office said, including more than 10 years as a commander at the patrol headquarters at the state Capitol. He was previously a Dickey County sheriff's deputy and a part-time reserve deputy in Barnes County.
LEGIONVILLE, Minn. -- A monstrous floating bog -- about the size of three football fields -- is refusing to leave without a fight from the spot it floated into on a northern Minnesota lake north of Brainerd. The bog has been lodged in North Long Lake in front of the Minnesota American Legion’s Legionville School Safety Patrol Training Center since last fall.
BISMARCK — A Fargo man has been sentenced to one year and a day in federal prison for threatening U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, federal officials said Tuesday, May 15. Kevin Lee Olson, 57, will also serve two years of supervised release after his prison sentence for "threatening interstate communications." Olson was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Chief Judge Brian Miller of Arkansas, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Chris Myers' office.
BISMARCK — The second Recovery Reinvented, the conference focused on battling addiction hosted by Gov. Doug Burgum and first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, has been scheduled for Sept. 5 at the Fargo Civic Center.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Petroleum Council kicked off this week the Planting for the Future program, a project that will involve planting 58,000 trees and shrubs in the state. The program is a partnership with the Outdoor Heritage Fund, Oneok, Whiting Petroleum and private landowners to plant trees that will help with conservation, soil preservation and wildlife habitat.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- A virus spread among horses has forced the cancellation of the Dickinson State University Blue Hawk Stampede rodeo. Dickinson State Coach Eudell Larsen said that because of another outbreak of equine herpesvirus, often called EHV, the Great Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association has decided to cancel both of its remaining rodeos in Dickinson and Spearfish, S.D.