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Lagging oil and farm commodity prices prompted a massive drop in state revenue, making the downturn in the North Dakota budget the state's top story in 2017. The budget shortfall prompted legislators to cut more than 300 full-time equivalent positions for the current biennium, a figure that excludes higher education, as state agencies were forced to tighten budgets. The Legislature approved $4.3 billion in general fund spending for the current biennium, down from a peak of nearly $6.9 billion in the 2013-15 biennium.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- Investigators have identified a Florida man who was found dead inside a burning vehicle this week in the parking lot of a Devils Lake Walmart. Milton Feliciano, 34, was recovered from the burning car that was extinguished Wednesday evening, Devils Lake Police Chief Joseph Knowski said Friday. There is no foul play suspected in the case, Knowski said, adding the incident doesn’t appear to be the result of a criminal act.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - We've all seen what Adam Thielen can do on the football field for the Minnesota Vikings, but the Detroit Lakes native had some Pro Bowl-worthy moves even back in high school. Check out the video above for highlights from his high school career.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Authorities on Monday identified the woman who drowned after an ATV she was riding on went through the ice late Friday night, Dec. 15, on Grace Lake. Authorities say Lauren Lund, 23, of Bemidji died at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center after she was pulled from the water by rescue personnel, release Monday from the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office said.
COHASSET, Minn. - A Cohasset woman died Saturday when the ATV she was riding fell through the ice on a rural Itasca County lake. The body of Bernice Elaine Kane of Cohasset was recovered from the waters of Rice Lake, near Cohasset, on Sunday afternoon, the Itasca County Sheriff's Office reported; she is believed to have died from drowning. The Sheriff's Office responded at about 5:45 p.m. Saturday to a report of an ATV falling through the ice; deputies discovered that two people had been on the ATV.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Friday, Dec. 15, he has approved the petition format for a ballot measure seeking the full legalization of marijuana. The sponsoring committee pushing the proposal will need to gather at least 13,452 qualified signatures by July 9 to place the measure on the general election ballot next November. Voters last year approved a measure legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. The state Department of Health is working to implement that new law after the Legislature rewrote it this year.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum will deliver his second State of the State Address next month at Minot State University, the governor's office said Friday, Dec. 15. The Republican governor, first elected in 2016, will give his speech at 10 a.m. Jan. 23 in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall on the MSU campus. He'll discuss the state's challenges and successes since he took office a year ago and outline his agenda, the governor's office said.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Friday, Dec. 15, he has approved the petition format for a ballot measure seeking the full legalization of marijuana. The sponsoring committee pushing the proposal will need to gather at least 13,452 qualified signatures by July 9 to place the measure on the general election ballot next November.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Authorities on Friday released the name of a Park Rapids man who was killed in a head-on collision on Thursday morning, Dec. 14, on an icy U.S. Highway 71 in Hubbard County. Dale Maves, 75, was northbound on Highway 71 driving a 1999 Volkswagen Beetle when he was struck head-on by a 2002 Subaru Legacy, which was southbound on the highway but slid on the icy road into the northbound lane. Road conditions were listed as snowy and icy, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem clarified aspects of the state's new permitless carry law Thursday, Dec. 14. The so-called "constitutional carry" law, which the Republican-controlled Legislature passed this year, allows those who meet the law's requirements to store a loaded gun in a vehicle, Stenehjem said in an opinion requested by four lawmakers. But proper identification must be revealed to law enforcement during a traffic stop or other in-person contact, he said.