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BISMARCK—North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger approved the format of a ballot petition seeking personalized vehicle plates for volunteer emergency responders, his office said Wednesday, Feb. 21. Organizers have less than five months to get 13,452 valid signatures to have the initiated measure placed on the November ballot. The measure would add a new section to state law allowing volunteer emergency responders to apply for red personalized plates.
BISMARCK — The Greater North Dakota Chamber named Arik Spencer as its new president and CEO Tuesday, Feb. 20. Spencer, the executive vice president of the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association, succeeds Andy Peterson, who resigned in September. Spencer will start his new job April 1. "GNDC has been the voice of business in North Dakota for over 90 years, and I am grateful for the opportunity lead this vital organization," he said in a statement.
A 31-year-old St. Paul woman died Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on Minnesota Highway 61 near Brighton Beach in Duluth. The Minnesota State Patrol reported that Courtney Ryan was a passenger in a 2003 Buick Century that was traveling south on Highway 61, approaching Brighton Beach Boulevard, when the vehicle crossed the center line and was struck by a northbound 2013 Lexus RX350 SUV.
GRAND FORKS - Three Kindred, N.D., residents were injured when the pickup truck they were traveling in drove into the back of a state Department of Transportation snow plow truck on Interstate 29 on Sunday, Feb. 18, the North Dakota Highway Patrol reported. According to the Patrol's report: Gabriel Bouschee, 32, Grand Forks, was driving a 2004 Mack truck southbound, plowing in the left-hand lane and median shoulder about 13 miles south of Grand Forks when the crash occurred about 12:05 p.m.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- Two pedestrians were reportedly injured after being struck by a Toyota Tundra pickup on U.S. Highway 10 in Detroit Lakes Wednesday night. Initial investigation results indicate that the truck, which was driven by Earl Johnson, 69, of Detroit Lakes, was traveling westbound when it struck the two pedestrians in the Washington Avenue intersection.
LARIMORE, N.D.—No one was injured Tuesday morning, Feb. 13, in a fire that destroyed a mobile home in Larimore. Firefighters from Larimore and Northwood responded to the blaze after dispatchers received the call at 3 a.m. Tuesday, Larimore Fire Chief Bill McDermottt said. By the time emergency responders arrived at the scene in northwest Larimore, the mobile home and a utility shed were engulfed in flames, he said.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—A 47-year-old northwest Minnesota man who has been convicted of drunken driving at least six times appeared in district court Monday, Feb. 12, facing two felony charges of criminal vehicular homicide in the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian near Pine Point last Thursday. Bruce Allen Basswood, 47, of nearby Ponsford is accused of hitting and killing Joshua Charles Jones, 21, of Ponsford as he was walking on Pow Wow Highway, about a half mile east of Pine Point. Pine Point is about 25 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes in Becker County.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- Longtime Detroit Lakes Police Sgt. Robert Strand, 40, has been charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, brawling or fighting—after an off-duty run-in with a man at a Detroit Lakes bar. The man, Blake Sundvor, 35, of rural Detroit Lakes has been charged in Becker County District court with exactly the same thing.
FARGO - File this one under "only in North Dakota." Multiple videos have been circulating on Facebook Thursday, Feb. 8 after a cow broke loose from the Little International Livestock Show on the campus of NDSU. In the video, you can see three people trying to corral the cow near NDSU's Minard Hall, located in the heart of campus. "The cow was on the loose for a little bit," said NDSU Media Relations coordinator Sadie Rudulph.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum named Deputy Tax Commissioner Joe Morrissette the state's new budget director Thursday, Feb. 8. Morrissette will take over as director of the Office of Management and Budget, a Cabinet-level position, March 1. He succeeds Pam Sharp, who retired Nov. 30 but has stayed on in a temporary role through the transition. Morrissette has been the state's deputy tax commissioner since 2014. He previously worked in OMB and Legislative Council, and he has a master's in business administration from the University of Mary in Bismarck.