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FARGO -- A contract worker painting markings on the runway of Hector International Airport was killed in a collision with an SUV early Monday, July 31, 2017, said Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of the Fargo Airport Authority. The worker was identified by Fargo Police as Darry Arveson Jr., 48, Glen Ullin, N.D.
PLATTE, S.D. — A Plankinton man is facing grand theft charges after allegedly stealing a motorcycle and posting about it on Facebook. James Tipton, 31, was recently charged with grand theft for taking a 2013 Victory motorcycle from Todd Van Zee, owner of TNT Auto Plex in Platte, according to court documents.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has declared a drought disaster for almost all of North Dakota, his office said Thursday, July 27. The U.S. Drought Monitor's report showed almost 46 percent of the state is in extreme or exceptional drought, up from 40 percent last week, the governor's office said. More than 300 wildfires have been reported to the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services since April 1.
WASHINGTON — North Dakota's senators introduced U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Erickson during a Senate committee hearing on his nomination to serve on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven, a Democrat and Republican, respectively, lauded Erickson in statements issued Tuesday, July 25. Erickson was nominated by President Donald Trump in June. North Dakota's senators urged Erickson's confirmation, with Heitkamp arguing he has gained a "keen understanding" of tribal sovereignty issues during his time on the federal bench.
BISMARCK — Organizers of an effort to repeal North Dakota's ban on Sunday morning shopping may start collecting signatures after Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced Tuesday, July 25, that he had approved the petition's format. The measure's sponsoring committee will need to submit at least 13,452 valid signatures to place the repeal on the ballot. They'll have nearly a year to do so if they intend to ask voters during the general election in 2018, which committee Chairman Brandon Medenwald previously said was their likely path.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — A Fargo man now faces felony charges stemming from a July 18 crash near Jamestown that killed a Belcourt teen. Wilmer Nadeau, 54, was eastbound at 4:25 a.m. on Interstate 94, about 5 miles east of Jamestown, when the 1996 Dodge 3500 he was driving entered the median and rolled, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The Dodge was stolen from a rural home in the Spiritwood area, the patrol said.
The driver of a semi truck suffered life-threatening injuries after being ejected from the truck in a one-vehicle crash early Monday, July 24.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp collected more than $1.2 million in campaign contributions in the second quarter of this year, federal records show. The figure is down from the $1.6 million reported in her April quarterly, according to the Federal Election Commission. But it's still well above Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer's haul of $226,274 for the second quarter. Cramer has been mentioned as a potential contender for Heitkamp in 2018. Neither has publicly announced intentions for the race.
MOORHEAD—The Moorhead Budweiser plant had to be evacuated and shut down during a police chase Sunday, July 23. Authorities say around 6:45 p.m. they were called to a neighborhood a few blocks away from the plant, at 2101 26th St. S, for a burglary report where a man was trying to get into a home. Officers in the area responded right away and chased the man into the Budweiser plant where he ran, scaled a fence and jumped onto a roof.
FARGO — A 24-year-old North Dakota man is accused of enticing a Nebraska teen to run away with him after the two met through an online gaming group. Nicollas Johnson was arrested in Fargo early Wednesday morning. On Monday, July 10, the 14-year-old Beatrice, Neb., girl was reported missing. Police initially believed she was a runaway, but later determined she had been enticed to leave with Johnson.