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VALLEY CITY, N.D. --The North Dakota High School Activities Association announced a five-year contract extension with Forum Communications Co. to continue to be the exclusive rights holder to televise the state's championship tournaments. The NDHSAA Board of Directors approved the extension in a meeting held Thursday, Oct. 5. The agreement will run from the 2018-19 school year thru 2022-23.
NEW ROCKFORD, N.D. — A 61-year-old Cathay man died when the pickup he was driving was hit by a BNSF train Thursday, Oct. 5, about 11 miles northwest of New Rockford, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. According to a patrol report: The unnamed victim was northbound on 58th Avenue Northeast when he failed to yield for a westbound BNSF train. The pickup was struck on the passenger side, which caused the pickup to roll into the north ditch of the railroad right of way. The pickup driver was declared dead at the scene. The crash was reported about 7:15 a.m.
BISMARCK—The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is proposing to delay a rule on methane emissions until January 2019, members of North Dakota's congressional delegation said Wednesday, Oct. 4. "The BLM methane rule imposed unworkable and duplicative requirements on our energy industry," Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said in a statement. "We can address flaring without imposing unnecessary costs and undermining our energy production."
FARGO—An Illinois man is charged in Cass County District Court with insurance fraud after being accused of defrauding Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota of more than $100,000. Sheryar Masud, of St. Charles, Ill., who at one time worked as a chiropractor in Williston, N.D., is charged with one count of insurance fraud. An investigative report filed with the charge that was written by an investigator with the North Dakota Insurance Department fraud unit stated Masud submitted invalid insurance claims between Aug. 14, 2014, and June 3, 2015.
BISMARCK -- Gov. Doug Burgum directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Friday, Oct. 6, in honor of the victims of Sunday’s attack in Las Vegas, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The governor also encouraged North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, according to a news release issued Monday morning. At least 58 people were killed and more than 515 were injured when a gunman opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas Sunday.
BISMARCK -- Two unlicensed contractors have been banned from doing business in North Dakota “for the foreseeable future,” Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office said Monday, Oct. 2. Jeremy Meyer of Fargo, doing business as JM Construction & Design, as well as Cody Fleckenstein of New Salem, doing business as Prefab Plus, LLC, violated consumer fraud and contracting laws. The Consumer Protection division of the attorney general’s office has obtained civil judgments against both contractors.
BISMARCK—The U.S. Forest Service will conduct up to five prescribed burns this fall on the Sheyenne National Grassland southwest of Fargo, the agency said Monday, Oct. 2. The 70,180-acre grassland is located east of Lisbon. The burns will cover about 1,500 acres and will occur north, west and east of McLeod. The Forest Service said fire is "essential to the health and regeneration of prairie habitat and native grasses while discouraging growth of invasive species."
BENSON, Minn. — A crash early Saturday morning near Benson has claimed three lives. The three were identified by family and friends on social media this past weekend as Dylan Peterson of Benson; Austin Ardoff, of Willmar, formerly of Clara City; and Autumn Nicole McLain of Willmar. The three were together in a vehicle that collided with another vehicle at a township road intersection just southeast of Benson. The crash was reported to the Swift County Sheriff's Office at about 5 a.m. Saturday.
GRAND FORKS — Pheasant hunters in North Dakota can expect to cover more ground this fall. Hammered by a severe winter that affected survival and summer drought conditions that hampered production, pheasant numbers are down. North Dakota's pheasant season opens Saturday, Oct. 7.
BISMARCK—The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline donated $15 million to the state of North Dakota to help pay for the response to the monthslong protests against the project, Gov. Doug Burgum said Thursday, Sept. 28. The donation from Dakota Access LLC was wired to the state-owned Bank of North Dakota Thursday afternoon and will be used to pay down loans taken out by the state Department of Emergency Services.