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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen, injured in Thursday night’s victory against Atlanta, underwent successful surgery on her left hand Friday, Aug. 4, and will be sidelined indefinitely, the team said in a news release. Whalen’s surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester was to repair a fracture of her fifth metacarpal in her left hand. The 14-year veteran has started all 22 games for the Lynx this season, averaging 8 points, 2.5 rebounds and a team-high 4.1 assists per game. The Lynx are scheduled to play at Indiana on Sunday.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- Two sitting North Dakota sheriffs are among the applicants to take over as chief of police in Devils Lake after a spring scandal led to the ouster of department leaders. Four applicants are seeking the job, according to City Administrator Terry Johnston: Benson County Sheriff Steve Rohrer, Kidder County Sheriff Barry Vannatta, Bismarck Police Sgt. Lyle Sinclair and recently retired Highway Patrol Sgt. Joseph Knowski.
BISMARCK—The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will visit North Dakota next week, Gov. Doug Burgum's office announced Wednesday, Aug. 2.
GRAND FORKS — Bond has been set at $35,000 for Jody Christopher Bergland Jr., who is accused of shooting and wounding a man Monday at a Grand Forks convenience store. Bergland, 24, is charged with attempted murder, a Class A felony, and reckless endangerment, a Class C felony, after police say he shot Glenn Robert Hansen at the Valley Dairy at 2401 S. Columbia Road.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Monday, July 31, he intends to nominate Minot, N.D., native Daniel Gade to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Gade will be nominated for the remainder of a five-year term that expires in 2021. Gade graduated from Minot High School in 1993 and from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1997. He was wounded in action twice and decorated for valor while serving in Iraq and lost his right leg to an improvised explosive device, according to a news release from Gov. Doug Burgum's office.
FARGO -- A contract worker painting markings on the runway of Hector International Airport was killed in a collision with an SUV early Monday, July 31, 2017, said Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of the Fargo Airport Authority. The worker was identified by Fargo Police as Darry Arveson Jr., 48, Glen Ullin, N.D.
PLATTE, S.D. — A Plankinton man is facing grand theft charges after allegedly stealing a motorcycle and posting about it on Facebook. James Tipton, 31, was recently charged with grand theft for taking a 2013 Victory motorcycle from Todd Van Zee, owner of TNT Auto Plex in Platte, according to court documents.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has declared a drought disaster for almost all of North Dakota, his office said Thursday, July 27. The U.S. Drought Monitor's report showed almost 46 percent of the state is in extreme or exceptional drought, up from 40 percent last week, the governor's office said. More than 300 wildfires have been reported to the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services since April 1.
WASHINGTON — North Dakota's senators introduced U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Erickson during a Senate committee hearing on his nomination to serve on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven, a Democrat and Republican, respectively, lauded Erickson in statements issued Tuesday, July 25. Erickson was nominated by President Donald Trump in June. North Dakota's senators urged Erickson's confirmation, with Heitkamp arguing he has gained a "keen understanding" of tribal sovereignty issues during his time on the federal bench.
BISMARCK — Organizers of an effort to repeal North Dakota's ban on Sunday morning shopping may start collecting signatures after Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced Tuesday, July 25, that he had approved the petition's format. The measure's sponsoring committee will need to submit at least 13,452 valid signatures to place the repeal on the ballot. They'll have nearly a year to do so if they intend to ask voters during the general election in 2018, which committee Chairman Brandon Medenwald previously said was their likely path.