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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.
BISMARCK—Cabinet-level state agencies were directed to work with local and tribal governments, along with law enforcement, to make medication reversing opioid overdoses readily available to first responders, community leaders, opioid users and their families under an executive order signed by Gov. Doug Burgum Tuesday, Sept. 26.
GARRISON, N.D. — Two men were injured in rural McLean County when a McLean County sheriff's deputy's vehicle struck another motorist at the intersection of Highways 37 and 83, six miles east of Garrison on Saturday, Sept. 23. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol:
MOORHEAD—A North Dakota pro-life group plans to hold a rally Oct. 25 outside the Planned Parenthood clinic here, with speakers that will include the niece of famed civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Alveda King, founder of Alveda King Ministries, will be the keynote speaker for the rally, said Linda Thorson, director of Concerned Women of America of North Dakota. Two other area women are also expected to speak about their personal experience with abortion, Thorson said. Thorson said the event is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. at 803 Belsly Blvd. in Moorhead.
WEST FARGO — An unoccupied personal vehicle owned by an area police officer was the target of four gunshots earlier this week and the West Fargo Police Department is asking for the public's help to determine who is responsible. The incident occurred around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, said Lt. Greg Warren of the West Fargo Police Department. The vehicle was parked in the 800 block of Third Street East and sustained damage to the rear and front windshields.