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WILLISTON, N.D. — An estimated 300 barrels, or 12,600 gallons, of produced water spilled at an oil and gas well Thursday, Feb. 9, but the contamination was contained on site, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said. Oasis Petroleum reported the spill was caused by a valve that froze at a well about 7 miles southeast of Williston. The produced water, a waste byproduct of oil development, was contained within the diking of the well site. A state inspector planned to visit the site Thursday to monitor the cleanup.
FARGO — A former University of North Dakota police officer has been ordered to serve 10 years in prison after a child pornography investigation revealed he had collected more than 50,000 images and videos. Paul Bradley Meagher, 43, Grand Forks, also must serve 10 years on supervised release following the prison term in a sentence handed down Monday, Feb. 6, by U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson.
MINOT, N.D.—Country music star Jason Aldean, the latest Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year, is one of several headliners booked for the North Dakota State Fair in July. Little Big Town will open up the fair on July 21, followed by Brothers Osborne July 23, Thomas Rhett on July 26 and Lonestar on July 27. Aldean will play July 28. Aldean's newest album, "They Don't Know," is his seventh, and his first since 2014. An enduro race July 24 and a truck and tractor pull July 25 are also set for the grandstand. Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Feb. 10.
DEER RIVER, Minn. — A 22-year-old Remer, Minnesota, man was killed and a 19-year-old female passenger from Remer received non-life-threatening injuries in a Saturday night crash near here. A baby girl riding in the Chrysler Town and Country minivan was not injured. The man's name has not been released pending notification of relatives. The woman, Savannah Ellen Hinsz, was taken to Deer River Hospital. Deer River is about 15 miles west of Grand Rapids.
GRAND FORKS — A Grand Forks animal shelter went into lockdown Friday after receiving a phone call that threatened violence against its workers and animals, said Lauralee Tupa, executive director of the Circle of Friends Humane Society. The call came in about 2 p.m. Friday, and a male voice on the other end made the threat, Tupa said. The caller was upset about a pit bull the shelter had recently euthanized because it was aggressive toward people and had been deemed unadoptable, she said.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota lawmakers voted down a proposal to increase the speed limit on the state's highways Thursday, Feb. 2. House Bill 1184, introduced by Rep. Ben Koppelman, R-West Fargo, would have increased the speed limit on paved, two-lane highways from 65 mph to 70 mph, bumped the limit on divided multi-lane highways from 70 mph to 75 mph, and raised the interstate speed limit from 75 mph to 80 mph. The bill failed with only six members of the House voting in its favor.
KILLDEER, N.D. -- A 51-year-old Dickinson man, the driver of a Freightliner box truck, was killed in a head-on collision with a Freightliner semi truck Wednesday, Feb. 1, along Highway 22, about 20 miles north of Killdeer in western North Dakota. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the 2017 box truck was southbound just after 8 a.m. when it crossed the center line and collided with the semi’s left front. The truck came to rest on the shoulder, partially in the southbound lane while the semi came to rest in the east ditch.
CASSELTON, N.D.—What a milestone for the little squirrels at Central Cass school. 100 days! Time flies. But at least one student went above and beyond to celebrate. In Heather Gleave's Central Cass kindergarten room, it was all about the 100th day of school on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Even the kids even felt like royalty. "I have your crowns ready for you," Gleave said. Some kids brought 100 skittles, others 100 rocks or even bandaids. In the halls, they were shooting for 100 acts of kindness.
WINNER, S.D. — A Winner woman faces a child abuse charge after law enforcement discovered bruises, bite marks and sores on a 18-month-old boy earlier this month. According to court documents, 41-year-old Cathy Joseph was charged with child abuse for allegedly striking and biting the child multiple times and failing to seek medical assistance after the boy drank from a dirty toilet.
BISMARCK — A health care executive with a clinical, business and technology background will serve as North Dakota's next state health officer, Gov. Doug Burgum announced Wednesday, Feb. 1. Mylynn Tufte will lead the North Dakota Department of Health and serve as a member of the governor's Cabinet. Turfte, currently a health care consultant for the Chicago office of Ernst & Young LLC, a global professional services firm, brings more than 20 years of experience in the health industry, the governor's office said. She starts in the position on Feb. 27.