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CUSTER, S.D. -- An estimated 230 firefighters appear to be getting a handle on the wildfire that has been raging across Custer State Park in the southern Black Hills as of Friday, Dec. 15, with snow in the forecast for the weekend. The Legion Lake fire that has burned an estimated 53,875 acres since Monday was listed as 53 percent contained, a big improvement since the figure was at only 7 percent on Wednesday.
FARGO -- U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Chris Myers has been awarded an “outstanding prosecutor of the year” award for his work fighting drugs. It’s part of the 2018 High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area award program and he will be going to Washington, D.C., early next year to accept the honor. First Assistant U.S. Attorney Keith Reisenauer said the award reflects excellence in drug law
ABERDEEN, S.D. -- A federal jury has found a Milwaukee, Wis., man guilty of six counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and abusive sexual contact with a child for repeatedly sexually abusing two minor victims for more than a two-year period. The verdict for DaShown Keys, 25, was returned on Thursday, Dec. 7, in federal court in Aberdeen.
BOWMAN, ND – The U.S. Department of Labor has debarred a North Dakota grain and cattle farming operation for three years from participating in the temporary ag worker visa program. The department said Lambourn Farm in the far southwest corner of the state near Bowman violated the H-2A program provisions and failed to cooperate with department investigators.
ATHOL, S.D. -- A northeast South Dakota farmer has agreed to pay the federal government $180,000 for fraud involving a livestock forage disaster program. In the case, Jason Sparling of Athol had submitted an application for a drought disaster payment to the Department of Agriculture for a loss of grazing during the summer of 2014. Based on his statements, he received $94,696 through the Livestock Forage Disaster Program.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Department of Transportation is warning residents about potential scams that are taking place targeting motor vehicle and driver’s license customers. The department said the main thing to know is that the only legitimate website to do business when renewing driver’s licenses or renewing motor vehicle tabs is dot.nd.gov .
BISMARCK --- A 70-year-old man is dead after falling through the ice into a canal near a boat landing on Hoge Island on the Missouri River about seven miles northwest of Bismarck. The Burleigh County Sheriff's Department said they were called for a welfare check on the man earlier in the day on Thursday, Dec. 7.
BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, Dec. 7, in observance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. On Dec. 7, Americans will mark the 76th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii in 1941, where more than 2,400 Americans were killed and more than 1,100 were wounded.
ABERDEEN, S.D. -- A wind energy blade manufacturing company in Aberdeen is closing early next year, leaving 409 people out of work. Employees were told in a meeting early Wednesday morning. The company, called Molded Fiber Glass and a staple in the northeastern South Dakota city since 2008, has been making 187 foot blades for General Electric, according to a report in the Aberdeen American News.
FARGO -- Fargo has been found to be the sixth safest city in the United States as people in the city feel among the most protected against life’s hazards, said a study by a financial website released this week. The study also included nonphysical forms of danger such as jobless rate, natural disaster risk, police officers per capita, fewest traffic fatalities per capita, road quality and households with emergency savings.