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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."
A new report finds that, since Donald Trump's election as U.S. president, the world's views of the U.S. have shifted dramatically downward from where they were at the end of Barack Obama's presidency. The chart below shows the percentage of people who say they have a very or somewhat favorable view of the U.S.
The family of Philando Castile, a black motorist who was shot five times during a traffic stop in Minnesota last year by a police officer, reached a $3 million settlement with the city of St. Anthony, according to media reports. The Minnesota city said in a statement acquired by CNN that "the parties moved expeditiously to resolve potential civil claims resulting from this tragedy in order to allow the process of healing to move forward."
FARGO – A man was hit by an Amtrak train early Thursday morning, June 22, in downtown Fargo. It happened about 2 a.m. in the 500 block of Roberts Street. Deputy Police Chief Joe Anderson said the train was pulling into the Amtrak station when the man walked onto the tracks. The man was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries, according to Anderson, who declined to release the victim’s name.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota sailor who died during the Pearl Harbor attack 75 years ago will be honored Saturday, June 24, when U.S. and state flags are flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset. Gunners Mate 1st Class Arthur C. Neuenschwander, who joined the Navy in February 1927, will be buried next to his parents in his hometown of Fessenden. Neuenschwander was stationed aboard the USS Oklahoma when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor the morning of Dec. 7, 1941. The Oklahoma was one of the first ships in Battleship Row to be hit by Japanese torpedoes.