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FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- A semitruck fire on Interstate 94 between Fergus Falls and Rothsay that caused significant traffic delays on Friday, May 25, was caused by a mattress. A semitractor and trailer struck a mattress that had come off the roof of a car and onto the freeway, according to a news release from the Minnesota State Patrol. The mattress became entangled in the rear tires of the trailer, eventually starting a fire that sparked two nearby grass fires.
Grand Forks Police are investigating the death of a 5-month-old infant. Brynley Rymer died Tuesday at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo of undisclosed injuries, according to a news release. An unnamed caregiver initially brought the child, who lived in Grand Forks, to Altru Hospital's emergency room on Monday, the release said. She was then airlifted to Sanford before succumbing to her injuries.
BISMARCK — Backers of a proposed North Dakota constitutional amendment seeking to prevent noncitizens from voting may start gathering signatures, Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Thursday, May 24. Jaeger has approved the format of a petition to obtain signatures to place the proposal on the November ballot, his office said in a news release. But supporters, led by legislative candidate and former state GOP Chairman Gary Emineth, have a little more than six weeks to gather 26,904 signatures.
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.