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CANISTOTA, S.D. — Former Circuit Court Judge Tim Bjorkman plans to announce his candidacy for South Dakota's U.S. House of Representatives seat. According to a press release sent early Monday morning, Bjorkman is inviting the public to a program and free supper at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Canistota Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Canistota Public School. Bjorkman, a Kimball native, will attempt to become the first Democrat to serve in that role since Stephanie Herseth Sandlin from 2004 to 2011.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — An American eel — far, far away from its natural home in the North Atlantic Ocean — was found in a southwest Minnesota lake late last month. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fisheries workers conducting a lake survey on Cottonwood Lake about 16 miles southwest of Granite Falls captured a female, 37.4 inch American eel in their trapnet late last month.
BISMARCK—The former head of the Minnesota Department of Transportation will take on the same role in North Dakota, Gov. Doug Burgum announced Friday, July 7. Thomas Sorel, the Minnesota transportation commissioner from 2008 to 2012, has been appointed director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Burgum announced. He succeeds Grant Levi, who retired in May after almost four decades in the department.
FARGO -- A man has been severely injured after a firecracker went off in his hand outside a downtown Fargo bar. According to Fargo police, crews were called to the 600 block of NP Avenue, near the No Bull restaurant about 8:11 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, for the report of a fireworks incident. Officers said a 46-year-old man found a firework in the parking lot located to the west of the restaurant, picked it up and lit it.
BISMARCK — The number of job openings in North Dakota is down almost 11 percent from a year ago, employment figures released Wednesday, July 5, show. Job Service North Dakota said there were 12,767 online job openings in June 2017, down 10.9 percent from the same month a year ago. Cass County saw the largest numeric decline over the past year, with 980 fewer job openings.
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — Officers believe alcohol was involved in an early Independence Day crash near Pelican Rapids that left a Moorhead man injured. The Minnesota State Patrol responded at 3:25 a.m. Tuesday to a one-vehicle rollover on state Highway 108 near Otter Tail County Road 113, about 2 miles west of Pelican Rapids, according to a State Patrol report. That's where Brandon Jack Arion, 28, was westbound in a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado when the pickup went off the road to the left, hit an embankment and rolled into the ditch, the report stated.
BISMARCK—Federal officials have designated 15 North Dakota counties as "primary natural disaster areas" due to drought conditions, members of the state's congressional delegation announced Friday, June 30. In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 11 counties as "contiguous disaster areas." The designations open up the availability of various disaster relief programs, said state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. "These programs provide options for producers who are managing through this drought with scarce resources," he said in a statement.
BISMARCK—An outside political organization supporting President Donald Trump released an advertisement this week urging Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., to vote in favor of the Republican health care plan. America First Policies released television ads Monday, June 26, urging several Democratic senators to support the Better Care Reconciliation Act. The ads were released before Senate Republican leadership delayed a vote on the bill, and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said this week he doesn't support it in its current form.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux will be among the athletes featured in ESPN magazine's annual BODY issue, according to the ESPN MediaZone website. The Lamoureuxs will be joined by several U.S. Women's National Hockey teammates, including Brianna Decker, Kacey Bellamy, Alex Rigsby and Meghan Duggan. ESPN's BODY issue first published nine years ago "to celebrate and showcase the athletic form through powerful images and interviews," according to the website.
BISMARCK—Taxable sales and purchases in North Dakota have begun to "level off," the state's tax commissioner said Thursday, June 29. Taxable sales and purchases totaled almost $3.69 billion in the first quarter of this year, a 5 percent drop from the same time period a year ago. "For the past two years, taxable sales and purchases have seen quarterly declines in the double-digits," Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said in a statement. "Having a drop of just 5 percent brings us much closer to the new normal we've been anticipating."