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MINNEAPOLIS -- Protesters in both Minneapolis and St. Paul on Friday, Jan. 27, met on the Lake Street-Marshall Bridge to rally against President Donald Trump’s orders earlier this week to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines. Around 4 p.m., the Minneapolis Police Department said in a Twitter post that Lake Street was closed, showing a photo of protesters gathered across all four lanes of the bridge. At 5 p.m. the police department tweeted the group had left the bridge and traffic resumed.
FARGO—A fourth clothing store will soon close in Fargo's West Acres Shopping Center, but an official said it's a sign of the rapidly changing retail industry nationwide more than a hint of problems at the mall.
BISMARCK — GIANT Sunflower Seeds co-founder Jay Schuler will lead the North Dakota Department of Commerce, an appointment announced Friday, Jan. 27, by Gov. Doug Burgum. "Jay Schuler's impressive background of incubating and launching 15 startup companies spanning five continents and deep understanding of value-added agriculture will be highly valuable as we seek to diversify North Dakota's economy and reinvent state government," Burgum said in a statement.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill that delays parts of the state’s new medical marijuana law. The governor’s spokesman Mike Nowatzki said Senate Bill 2154 was signed Thursday, Jan. 26. It suspends certain parts of the Compassionate Care Act, which was approved by voters in November, to give the state Health Department more time to craft rules for the drug.
THOMPSON, N.D. -- A Thompson man killed after being struck by a train Monday morning, Jan. 23, has been identified. Ron Shannon was pronounced dead at the scene near Fourth Avenue Northeast between Thompson and Reynolds shortly before 7 a.m. Monday. He was 44. Lt. Gary Grove with the Grand Forks Sheriff's Office confirmed Shannon's identity Wednesday. No foul play is suspected in the incident. The incident was reported by officials with BNSF Railway early Monday morning.
BISMARCK — Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn will testify at a North Dakota legislative committee Feb. 2. Coburn, a Republican who represented Oklahoma in the Senate from 2005 to 2015, will testify on House Concurrent Resolution 3006. That resolution would urge Congress to call a convention of states to propose constitutional amendments "which impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress."
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ROLLA, N.D. -- Details have been slow to emerge about a break-in that left one man dead early Sunday, Jan. 22. The Rolette County Sheriff’s Office says it happened at about 3 a.m. Sunday morning. Six people, including children, were inside the home 2 miles outside of Rolla when they heard someone trying break in. The intruder was then shot and killed. Authorities say the intruder had a weapon, but it's unknown who fired the deadly shot.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — A man and woman are dead after the pickup they were traveling in Sunday night, Jan. 22, struck a frac tank pulled by a semi. The two occupants were headed south in a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado on McKenzie County Road 14 when the driver disregarded a stop sign at 9:15 p.m. and struck the tank being pulled by a 1998 Peterbilt, which was traveling east on North Dakota Highway 73, the state’s Highway Patrol said.
BISMARCK — North Dakota House lawmakers voted 81-9 Monday, Jan. 23, to prevent workers' compensation from paying for medical marijuana. House Bill 1156 was introduced in response to the measure approved by voters last November that legalizes medical marijuana in North Dakota for defined medical conditions. The bill prevents North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance, the state's workers' compensation system, from paying for medical marijuana for a workplace injury.