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GRAND FORKS -- University of North Dakota men's basketball assistant coach Jeff Horner has been hired as the head coach at NCAA Division II Truman State in Kirksville, Mo. Horner, a former standout point guard at Iowa (2002-06), started as UND's director of basketball operations (2014-15) before three years as an assistant coach (2015-18). Horner was also recently a finalist for the head men's basketball job at Minnesota Duluth.
GRAND FORKS -- Investigators have named the body of a man found Saturday in a highway median near Grand Forks. Casey Myron Weekley, 36, of Grand Forks was found about 8:30 a.m. Saturday along U.S. Highway 2 or about 2 miles west of the city. The Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the unattended death and is awaiting preliminary autopsy results.
BISMARCK — In an effort to shed light on school performance, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction has launched an online education dashboard, the department said Monday, April 23. The data includes information about test performance, school enrollment, attendance rates, graduation rates and teacher qualifications, DPI said in a news release.
BISMARCK—A mixup has prompted the North Dakota Department of Health to extend the application deadline for those seeking to become registered medical marijuana manufacturers. The department extended the deadline for grower applicants to 10 a.m. Monday, April 23. It had received 17 applications by the previous deadline of Thursday afternoon, April 19, but accidentally used "Central Standard Time" instead of "Central Daylight Time" in its application instructions.
FARGO — The Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority will ask a federal judge to partially lift an injunction on construction of the flood diversion to allow construction of the ring dike in Oxbow, N.D., and flood protection near downtown Fargo, the authority said Friday, April 20. Oxbow would be on the wet side of a dam designed to control the flow of floodwater into the diversion channel, though authority officials have said a ring dike is needed even without the dam.
WALHALLA, N.D. -- A 53-year-old pickup driver from Walhalla was killed after he lost control of his vehicle Wednesday afternoon, April 18, about four miles southeast of Walhalla. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Richard White attempted to correct the vehicle on a curve while driving east just after 2 p.m. on Pembina County Road 1. White was ejected after vehicle veered into the ditch and overturned. The pickup then caught fire and burned. White was transported to a Cavalier hospital where he died, the patrol said.
GRAND FORKS -- The region finally has broken away from its glacial temperatures, but the National Weather Service in Grand Forks said residents of the city and neighboring East Grand Forks likely will face only nuisance flooding. The Red River in East Grand Forks measured at 27.26 feet Thursday morning, April 19, and was expected to hit minor flood stage at 28 feet by sunset. It could rise to near 37 feet by early Tuesday morning and crest between 35 and 38 feet between Sunday and Thursday.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Game and Fish Department urges spring snow goose hunters to monitor on- and off-road travel conditions as light geese begin to move through the state in large numbers. While much of the snow that remains will likely disappear this week, moisture left behind may still make travel difficult on section line trails, unimproved roads and harvested grain fields where hunting might take place.
BISMARCK — A Bismarck attorney running for the North Dakota Supreme Court has asked for a rehearing after justices upheld disciplinary action taken against him. Robert Bolinske Sr.'s petition for rehearing, dated April 3 and sent to reporters over the weekend, called the state Supreme Court's March 20 decision "disgraceful and intellectually dishonest." Bolinske, who once called himself a "brawler" on the campaign trail, warned he would take his case to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.
CAVALIER, N.D.—The 55-year-old man who was killed Friday, April 13, when his all-terrain vehicle left a rural road in Pembina County and was thrown has been identified. The crash victim has been identified by the North Dakota Highway Patrol as Dean Becker of Cavalier. He was driving his four-wheel, all-terrain vehicle on 134th Avenue Northeast, about 7½ miles northwest of Cavalier, when he left the road, entered a ditch and encountered rough ground, ejecting him from the vehicle, according to Sgt. Ryan Panasuk of the highway patrol.