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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.
DAWSON, N.D. -- A 50-year-old Tappen man who authorities say fled after his pickup rolled and was struck by a semi truck on Interstate 94 was arrested near the crash site Monday, Jan. 30. James Dewey, the driver of a 2002 Ford Explorer, was transported to the Burleigh County Correctional Center after he was treated for minor injuries, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said in a news release.
BISMARCK – A bill to implement a hiring freeze for state employees received a green light Wednesday, Feb. 1, from North Dakota House lawmakers. House members voted 84-8 in favor of House Bill 1303, which would prohibit state agencies and institutions from filling vacant full-time employee positions until April 30. There can be exceptions granted to the hiring freeze if a position needs to be filled to protect the life and safety of the citizens of the state, said Rep. Mike Brandenburg, R-Edgeley.
CASSELTON, N.D. — A report is expected to be released next week that will provide the probable cause for a major train derailment near Casselton in December 2013. The derailment triggered a massive fireball and highlighted the dangers of moving crude oil by rail. The final report on the investigation into the derailment is expected to be released when the National Transportation Safety Board meets on Tuesday, Feb. 7, according to Eric Weiss, a spokesman for the agency. The crash on Dec. 30, 2013, involved two BNSF trains about a half-mile west of Casselton.
WILLMAR, Minn. — A semi carrying 850 full-grown turkeys tipped over Monday morning on Kandiyohi County Road 5 north of Willmar. The driver, 39-year-old Edgardo Diaz, of Montevideo, was not hurt. But nearly six hours after the 7 a.m. crash, crews were still on the scene removing dead and injured birds. Some turkeys were not injured and were loaded into another truck. According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened when Diaz attempted to turn south onto Kandiyohi County Road 25 from Kandiyohi County Road 5.
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—The driver of a pickup died when he lost control while traveling westbound on State Highway 23 in western North Dakota, crossed the centerline and was struck head-on by an eastbound semi. The North Dakota Highway Patrol identified the driver who died in the crash on Saturday, Jan. 28, as Isac Armando Zocarro, 30, of Watford City. The accident happened 14 miles east of Watford City in McKenzie County.