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FARGO — A self-described "flaming conservative" is in North Dakota for a five-day stretch to try to convince voters — mostly Republicans — to support recreational marijuana on the Nov. 6 ballot. Don Murphy, who is a lobbyist in the nation's capital fighting to end the federal prohibition on marijuana, is also a former eight-year Republican legislator in the "very blue" state of Maryland. With most Republicans opposed to marijuana legalization, and many Democrats on the other side, he has his work cut out for him.
WEST FARGO -- A West Fargo Sheyenne High School senior has been named the Distinguished Young Woman of North Dakota during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls. Esofi Nunyi, the daughter of Dorin Ngwe, competed against three other finalists for the state honor and will now compete in the national finals in Mobile, Ala., in June.
BISMARCK — Fifteen North Dakota schools have the opportunity to join 50 others in the state in a suicide prevention program for middle school and high school students. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota’s Caring Foundation is offering funding for the extra 15 schools and accepting applications. The state Department of Health program, called Sources of Strength, is being implemented in the 50 schools and many are already seeing positive results.
WILLISTON, N.D. — The 2022 Babe Ruth World Series for 14-year-olds will return to Williston in northwest North Dakota in 2022, it was announced by the baseball league’s international headquarters staff in Hamilton, N.J. Williston will be able to select its own team for the event because it’s the host and will compete with eight regional champions from across the country, plus the North Dakota Babe Ruth state champion for 14-year-olds.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — North Dakota has a new U.S. marshal. The state’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation director Dallas Carlson was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Oct. 11. Carlson was nominated for the position in March and his nomination was advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee last month.
KILLDEER, N.D. -- A 49-year-old Texas man has died in a rollover crash about one mile north of Killdeer in far western North Dakota. Billy Galloway of Livingston, Texas, died in the crash about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, when he apparently failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, went into the ditch and rolled his vehicle, said the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
GRAND FORKS — The world’s largest group for police leaders has recognized the U.S. Attorney’s Office in North Dakota for its work in prosecuting suspects in an international drug ring that led to several fentanyl overdose deaths.
BISMARCK — The U.S. Supreme Court has now waded into North Dakota election law. The high court on Tuesday, Oct. 9, responding to an emergency appeal, released a decision on a 6-2 vote that will allow the state to require a residential address on a driver's license or ID card to vote and won't accept a post office box except with supplemental proof of a residential address. The issue has been lingering since the 2017 state Legislature approved a change in the voting law.
BOTTINEAU, N.D. -- A 19-year-old Bottineau man has been charged with felony manslaughter and remains in jail in the accidental shooting death of his roommate and friend Devon Main at their trailer park residence last week, said Bottineau County Sheriff Steve Watson on Monday, Oct. 8.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Joshua Jensen was driving down Interstate 94 in his rental car with Washington state license plates near Jamestown when he saw a Stutsman County deputy pull up next to him and begin staring at him. The 38-year-old traveler from Minnesota looked nervous, as anyone probably would, said his defense attorney Scott Sandness, of Jamestown, who described the incident from not only Jensen's words but also from a video camera on Deputy Matt Thom's vehicle. For the next 10 miles, the deputy followed Jensen, who was traveling at about 73 mph in the 75 mph zone.