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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Air Force has agreed to upgrade the North Dakota Air Guard's unmanned aircraft from Predators to the MQ-9 Reaper in the coming months, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said in a news release Friday, May 12. Earlier this month, the state's Adjutant General Al Dohrmann notified the senator that the active duty Air Force had signaled they would deploy the Reapers overseas, rather than sending them to the Air Guard in North Dakota, Arizona and Texas.
MANDAN, N.D. — A toxicology report shows the man found dead on the shore of the Cannonball River had alcohol in his system when he drowned in April. The Morton County Sheriff's Department said in a Friday, May 12 press release Damjan Nedelkovski, 35, of Glendale, Calif., had no drugs in his system, but a toxicology report did find alcohol.
OGDEN, Utah—Sarah Murphy's three-run triple with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted Southern Utah to a 7-6 win over the University of North Dakota on Thursday morning on the opening day of the Big Sky Conference tournament. The Fighting Hawks were playing in their first league tournament in program history. UND led 3-0 after the first inning but SUU answered with four runs thanks to three errors in the fourth inning. Of the seven SUU runs, UND pitcher Kaylin VanDomelen allowed just three earned.
KEENE, N.D. – Human error caused an oil storage tank to overflow in McKenzie County, causing an oil spill of 610 barrels, or 25,620 gallons, the North Dakota Health Department said Thursday, May 11. Crestwood Midstream discovered the spill Friday, April 28, at a transmission pipeline distribution point about 11 miles southeast of Keene, said Karl Rockeman, director of the Division of Water Quality.
MARMARTH, N.D. — A piping leak caused about 560 barrels, or 23,520 gallons, of saltwater to spill Wednesday, May 10, at a saltwater disposal well in Bowman County, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said. Denbury OnShore LLC reported the spill at a location about 7 miles south of Marmarth in southwest North Dakota, just east of the Montana border. The spill was contained to the well site. All but five barrels, or 210 gallons, have been recovered. A state inspector has been to the site. (FNS)
FARGO, N.D.—Less than one month after unexpectedly losing its starting point guard, North Dakota State's men's basketball team has signed a new one. Bison head coach David Richman announced Wednesday, May 10, the signing of Nnamdi Van Dulm to the 2017 recruiting class. Van Dulm is a 6-foot-4 guard from West Allis, Wis., who played one season at Lake Land College in Illinois. He will join the Bison this summer with three seasons of eligibility remaining.
MINNEAPOLIS—The ringleader of a multi-state drug trafficking organization prosecutors say flooded the Red Lake and White Earth reservations with heroin was sentenced Wednesday. Omar Beasley, 39, received a 25-year prison sentence after he was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine, oxycodone, hydromorphone, hydrocodone, and methadone. Thirty-nine other co-defendants have also been or will be sentenced in the case, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
FARGO—Elaine Chao, the U.S. secretary of transportation, will address a conference here on the unmanned aerial systems industry, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced Wednesday, May 10. The 2017 Drone Focus Conference, a gathering of local, national and global leaders in unmanned aerial systems, will be May 31 in Fargo.
ALEXANDER, N.D.—A power failure caused a tank to overflow and spill oil and produced water at a saltwater disposal well in McKenzie County, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said Tuesday, May 9. McKenzie Energy Partners reported 6,300 gallons of oil and 6,300 gallons of produced water spilled on Monday at a site about 13 miles northeast of Alexander. The spill was contained on location within the dikes and all but 84 gallons have been recovered, the Oil and Gas Division said. A state inspector has been on site.
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