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WASHINGTON — Members of Congress representing North Dakota and Minnesota broke along partisan lines in their reactions to the report released this week forecasting the impact of a health care reform bill passed by Republicans in the U.S. House. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office report, released Wednesday, May 24, estimated that the American Health Care Act passed May 4 would leave an additional 23 million without health insurance by 2026, compared to the existing law.
BISMARCK — Two men were arrested after their truck was pulled over Sunday, May 21, on Interstate 94, and 59 pounds of marijuana and several plants were found inside, the North Dakota Highway Patrol reported. The driver, Hoanglong Nguyen, 30, Boston, and passenger Cuong Dao, 34, Spokane, Wash., were both arrested and jailed in the Morton County Jail in Mandan, Lt. Steven Fischer said Tuesday.
FARGO -- A Bismarck man and former deputy U.S. marshal has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to seven years in prison for his conviction on a charge of receiving images depicting the sexual exploitation of minors. Michael David Rivera, 30, will be on five years of supervised release after serving his prison sentence. According to information provided by South Dakota U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Seiler:
FARGO – Police have identified the man found dead in a north Fargo apartment Tuesday, May 16, after 911 dispatchers received a report of a suspected drug overdose. The man was identified as Marcus C. Mosley, 41, of Moorhead, the Fargo Police Department said in a news release. On Tuesday afternoon, officers were dispatched to the apartment on North Broadway to provide medical assistance, and they found Mosley unresponsive, police said.
FARGO — Former North Dakota State volleyball standout Jennifer Lopez has been named the program's interim head coach, athletic director Matt Larsen announced Wednesday, May 17. Lopez has been an assistant coach at NDSU the past two seasons. She replaces Kari Thompson, who is leaving to be the head volleyball coach at Southern Illinois.
Just what is the best state in the good ol’ U.S.? In a topic sure to fuel debate, grandiose claims and a staunch homestate pride, one study aims to set the record straight. In its Best States ranking, U.S. News and World Report used more than 60 metrics — weighted by categories like health care, education, economy and crime — to determine the best and worst states.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- About 500 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into Devils Lake on Tuesday, May 16, after a fuel dispenser malfunctioned at the North Dakota Army National Guard Camp Grafton, the state Department of Health said. The incident happened about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday as an operator was fueling a tanker truck and the fuel dispenser failed to shut off, said Karl Rockeman, director of the health department’s Division of Water Quality.
WILLISTON, N.D.—A lightning strike at a saltwater disposal well over the weekend caused about 325 barrels, or 13,650 gallons, of produced water to spill near Williston, the North Dakota Department of Health said. The spill occurred Sunday, May 14, at a facility owned by Oasis Petroleum about 15 miles northwest of Williston, the health department said. Produced water, or brine, is a waste byproduct of oil and gas production.
The State Board of Higher Education will have a new student member this summer. Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed North Dakota State University student Jacob Dailey to serve a one-year term as a voting member of the board, according to a Monday news release. Dailey, an agricultural education student, will fill the seat held by outgoing student member Nick Evans, whose term ends June 30. Dailey is originally from Kansas and has served in legislative and executive positions in the NDSU Student Government, recently holding the office of president of that organization.
FARGO—Making its eighth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last nine years, North Dakota State's softball team found out Sunday night, May 14, it will be traveling to Norman, Okla.—the same place where the Bison won a 2009 regional. The Bison, with a 28-31 record, will play host to defending national champion Oklahoma (50-8) in a 1:30 p.m. game Friday, May 19. The Bison earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament by beating Indiana Purdue-Indianapolis in two straight championship games, 13-4 and 5-3, Saturday, May 13, at NDSU's Ellig Sports Complex.