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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Golf legend Jack Nicklaus will help kick off the first Professional Golf Association tournament in the Dakotas. Nicklaus, who won 18 major tournaments, will be a part of the opening ceremonies at the inaugural Sanford International Presented by Cambria that starts on Friday, Sept. 21, at the Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls, S.D. The ceremonies start at 10 a.m. and Nicklaus will be joined by tourney host Andy North and representatives of sponsors Sanford Health and Cambria on the first tee.
BISMARCK -- Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff on Tuesday, and encouraged North Dakota residents to do the same, in memory of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It is the 17th anniversary of the attacks.
EDGEMONT, S.D. — A series of human errors lead to the death of two Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad workers who were hit by a train in southwest South Dakota in January of 2017, said the National Transportation Safety Board in a report published Thursday, Sept. 6. The Jan. 17 accident near Edgemont, which the board said was preventable, occurred when a train traveling at 35 mph struck and killed two of three workers on the crew, who had been clearing snow and ice from a track switch and were within the tracks.
STURGIS, S.D. -- A firefighter died Friday afternoon, Sept. 7, while fighting a blaze in the small town of Tilford between Rapid City and Sturgis in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Another person was also missing and a Meade County Sheriff's deputy was transported to the hospital as a result of the same incident, Rapid City Fire Department Lt. Jim Bussell told the Rapid City Journal.
FARGO — A 37-year-old Fargo motorcyclist who flew off his motorcycle on a Cass County highway in late August has died from his injuries. Steven Lauinger died Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Sanford Hospital in Fargo. He suffered serious head injuries when he lost control of his 2013 Harley Davidson on Aug. 25 about three miles north of Amenia or about 32 miles northwest of Fargo. He was flown from the scene by Sanford Life Flight to the hospital.
ST. PAUL -- Cher will be on a nationwide tour with two stops in the Upper Midwest in May of 2019, it was announced Friday, Sept. 7. The 72-year-old singer and actress will be on her first tour across the country in five years. Her tour will start in Florida next January and end with appearances in Sioux Falls at the Denny Sanford Premier Center on Thursday, May 16, and at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Saturday, May 18.
FARGO—A statewide group announced on Thursday, Sept. 6, that they will fight passage of recreational marijuana in North Dakota in this fall's election, calling it "bad law" and promising to educate residents about its dangers. Led by former state district court judge and attorney general Bob Wefald, the group held news conferences in Fargo and Bismarck to announce its formation and said other organizations are expected to join its campaign in coming weeks. They have named the group North Dakotans Against the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana.
LAS VEGAS—About 275 tickets were sold from the three-state region to last year's deadly outdoor country music concert in Las Vegas, where 58 people died and 851 were injured. Officials from Nevada's Victims of Crime Program are encouraging people to apply for funding by the approaching deadline of Oct. 1, which is one year after the nation's largest mass shooting occurred.
FARGO -- Led by its low jobless rate and housing affordability, Fargo was rated the seventh best city in the United States to raise a family, according to a financial website. WalletHub.com said this week as children returned to school that they used 46 areas of study among 180 cities to determine the most family-friendly places.
MINOT, N.D. — A Minot restaurateur, a Nordic marketplace and an international entertainer will be added to the honor roll of the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame at its annual awards banquet Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Minot's Grand Hotel. Held in conjunction with Minot's annual Norsk Høstfest festival, the hall of fame honors persons of Scandinavian descent and bestows other special awards. The restaurant chain owner to be honored is Myron Thompson, a native of Upham, who is of Norwegian heritage.