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BISMARCK — A Becker, Minn., tree removal company has been banned from "engaging in contracting" in North Dakota, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem's office said Thursday, Oct. 19. The attorney general's office received a complaint from a North Dakota homeowner regarding Chris Gustafson, doing business as Nature's Way Tree and Landscape, and started an investigation in August. The homeowner said he paid Gustafson $7,000 to remove trees and other work, but he didn't complete the work and damaged the home.
GRAFTON, N.D.-- Gov. Doug Burgum appointed a longtime Walsh County prosecutor to a judgeship Wednesday in the Northeast Judicial District. Walsh County State's Attorney Barbara L. Whelan will begin her role as judge chambered in Grafton on Oct. 23. She replaces Judge M. Richard Geiger who retired Oct. 1 after 23 years on the bench. Whelan has been a prosecutor in Walsh County since 2006 and served as Pembina County state's attorney from 1999 to 2005. She previously worked in private practice for eight years in Grafton.
BISMARCK—Current North Dakota driver's licenses will be accepted for boarding aircraft for another two years after the state received a federal waiver to comply with Real ID requirements, the state Department of Transportation said Wednesday, Oct. 18. Congress passed the Real ID Act in 2005, and the North Dakota Legislature passed the final implementation bill this year. Real ID implements security process and prohibits federal agencies from accepting identification from states that don't meet requirements, according to the North Dakota DOT.
BISMARCK — North Dakota state agencies are fighting opioid overdoses under an executive order signed by Gov. Doug Burgum last month. The actions, described by the governor's office Wednesday, Oct. 18, stem from Burgum's order aimed at making naloxone, a medication designed to reverse the symptoms of an opioid overdoses, more available.
HANNAFORD, N.D.—Two semi drivers were injured Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 17, when their rigs crashed into each other in Griggs County. At 4:43 p.m., Patrick Kraemer, 60, of McHenry, N.D., was westbound on County Road 26 about 7 miles west of Hannaford when his a 2009 Peterbilt semi collided with a 2004 Peterbilt driven by Taylor Rose, 29, of Wimbledon, N.D., according to a news release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Both were sent to the hospital with unknown injuries.
BISMARCK — Dakota Access Pipeline donated $140,000 to emergency management departments in the seven counties along the controversial pipeline's route, Energy Transfer Partners announced last week. Three press conferences were held to present the donations Tuesday, Oct. 17. The donations were "offered in goodwill by the company" and can be used to purchase new equipment, perform additional training or for other purposes.
PRESHO, S.D. -- The fire chief for a small south central South Dakota community died while battling a blaze this past weekend, according to Lyman County officials. Presho Fire Chief Donald “Donny” Manger, 54, died while working at a structure fire Saturday, Oct. 14, in rural Lyman County.
STARK COUNTY -- Three were injured following a three-vehicle crash three miles south of Dickinson on Friday afternoon, Oct. 13. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, a 2011 Ford Escape was struck from behind by a 2001 Ford F150 as the Escape was waiting to turn east onto southbound 42nd St. SW from Highway 22.
STURGIS, S.D. -- The administration of a South Dakota high school on Thursday, Oct. 12, canceled its homecoming football game and activities after a racist comment was painted on the side of a car and the image posted a social media site. The stunt, part of an unsponsored car bash during homecoming, now involves the Sturgis Police Department for possible investigation, the Meade School District said on a Facebook post.
BISMARCK—More than 300 citations were attributed to added patrols under a distracted driving enforcement campaign in September, the North Dakota Department of Transportation said Thursday, Oct. 12. Of the 334 citations, 186 were issued for distracted driving. Law enforcement officers across the state worked 445 overtime hours for the "U Drive. U Text. U Pay" effort, according to a news release. Funding for the additional enforcement was provided by a federal grant through the state Department of Transportation.