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MEDORA, N.D. — A new National Park Service report shows that visitors spent more than $49.5 million visiting communities near North Dakota national parks in in 2016. Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Fort Union Post National Historic Site and Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site had 793,383 visitors last year. "The North Dakota national parks tell meaningful stories and protect cherished resources, and they are a significant driver in the state's tourism economy," said North Dakota Group Superintendent Wendy Ross.
BISMARCK — Department of Transportation Director Grant Levi is retiring at the end of the month, a release from Gov. Doug Burgum’s office said Friday, May 5. Levi was appointed director in 2013, but started with NDDOT in 1980.
BEMIDJI, Minn. —The driver who law enforcement say ran a stop sign and hit a school bus Wednesday morning—injuring multiple elementary school-aged children—has been identified as well as the bus driver..
WASHINGTON — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has accepted an invitation to visit North Dakota, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced Wednesday, May 3. Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Hoeven, R-N.D., both said Wednesday they met with Pruitt regarding how the EPA will fix or roll back federal regulations such as the Clean Power Plan.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Petroleum Council has launched a new scholarship for members of the Three Affiliated Tribes who are pursuing energy careers. The oil industry group is partnering with Missouri River Resources and Baker Consulting to create the Fort Berthold Energy Partners scholarship program. Fort Berthold accounts for 16 percent of North Dakota's oil production, yet unemployment, poverty and reliance on social services remain high on the reservation, said Dave Williams, president and CEO of Missouri River Resources.
RUGBY, N.D.-- Four North Dakota attorneys have applied to fill an open bench seat in Rugby vacated by the retirement of Judge John C. McClintock. McClintock retired April 14 after serving as a judge in North Dakota’s Northeastern Judicial District for 22 years. He primarily ruled over cases in Pierce, McHenry and Bottineau Counties.
ROLETTE COUNTY, N.D.--- A Dunseith man killed in a rollover crash in Rolette County Monday, May 1, has been identified. Errol Gooden, 56, was killed after his 2003 Buick Le Sabre rolled on 35th Avenue Northeast, about 5 miles southeast of Dunseith, at 8:02 p.m. Monday. The road had been washed out and was closed to traffic, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Gooden lost control when he hit the washed out section of the road, Troopers said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.
GRAND FORKS—North Dakota is the second most dangerous state for teen drivers, a vehicle insurance website said this week. CarInsurance.com's study, which included Washington, D.C., put North Dakota in 50th place for the second year in a road. Montana ranked last while Maryland was the safest place for teen drivers. Factors that pushed North Dakota to the bottom included distracted driving, the effectiveness of graduated driver license components and the number of fatal accidents per capita that involve teens.
Napoleon, N.D.—The death of a police officer in Napoleon, N.D., has sparked a social media storm. The mother of the police officer says elected city officials in Napoleon contributed to the death of a fine man. Linda Weber says in her Facebook post that the mayor and others should be held accountable for the wrongful termination that was a contributing factor in Nathan Weber dying by suicide last week.
FARGO — A 24-year-old who died Sunday, April 30, after crashing his motorcycle into the side of a car at 45th Street and Interstate 94 had a history of reckless driving, including being clocked at 140 mph on a motorcycle on I-94 in Fargo last year. Police on Monday identified Tanner Beighley of Fargo as the driver of the motorcycle that struck a car exiting I-94 at 45th Street at about 5:15 p.m. Sunday. Beighley was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he died. The driver of the vehicle he struck wasn't seriously injured.