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BISMARCK — North Dakota utility regulators will hold a public hearing in November on a proposed Cass County project that's billed as the state's first major solar array. On Wednesday, Sept. 5, the Public Service Commission set the hearing for 10 a.m. Nov. 1, according to a spokeswoman. It will be held at the Days Inn and Governors' Conference Center in Casselton. Minneapolis-based Geronimo is proposing to build the 200-megawatt Harmony Solar Project in Harmony Township 15 miles west of Fargo.
FARGO — A former Fargo day care provider is facing a felony count of child neglect after authorities reportedly found her slurring her words and intoxicated while caring for nine children. According to court documents, Fargo police and members of Cass County Social Services visited the home of Richelle Ulmer on July 27 after receiving a report that she was intoxicated while watching children at her in-home day care.
BISMARCK — A group opposing North Dakota's recreational marijuana ballot measure will launch Thursday, Sept. 6. A media advisory sent by a Greater North Dakota Chamber staffer announced news conferences will be held in Fargo and Bismarck Thursday. It wasn't immediately clear which groups will make up the "coalition of concerned organizations and North Dakotans," dubbed North Dakotans Against Legalization of Recreational Marijuana.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- A 25-year-old Carrington woman was bound over for trial Wednesday, Sept. 5, in the death of her 4-month-old son in July. Justice Lange is charged with manslaughter and child neglect.
BISMARCK — After additional review ordered by a federal judge, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Friday, Aug. 31, the Dakota Access Pipeline won't have "significant impacts" to hunting and fishing resources. The Corps, in a court filing, said the risks of an oil spill are low "and any impacts to hunting and fishing resource(s) will be of limited scope and duration." It also said the pipeline wouldn't result in "disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects on minority populations."
BISMARCK -- A Hettinger resident claimed the $25,000 for life prize from the North Dakota Lottery on Friday afternoon, Aug. 31. The player, who chose to remain anonymous, opted for the one-time, lump sum payment of $390,000 before taxes, lottery officials said. The drawing was held July 2. The winner hit all five numbers except the lucky ball. The Lucky for Life top prize for the Thursday, Sept. 6, draw is $1,000 a day for life. That includes hitting all five numbers and the lucky ball.
BISMARCK -- A 76-year-old man killed in a single-vehicle crash northwest of Bismarck on Sunday, Sept. 2, has been identified as Richard Hoge of Baldwin, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. Hoge was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Impala eastbound on 97th Avenue Northwest about five miles from Bismarck when he failed to negotiate a curve and went into the ditch. The vehicle struck two large trees. Hoge was pronounced dead at the crash site, the patrol said.
FARGO — Legalize ND, a group backing Measure 3, which aims to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota, issued a statement Friday, Aug. 31, casting doubt on a poll released the day before that suggested only 38 percent support the measure. "It is completely nonsensical to believe that numbers have swung this drastically since we commissioned our own poll prior to making the ballot. It is quite simply malarkey that this could feasibly be accurate," said Cole Haymond, an adviser for Legalize ND.
FARGO — For want of a bicycle light, a man is now facing a felony terrorizing charge after reportedly leading police on a chase that ended when officers tackled the man off the bike he was fleeing on. An officer on patrol Wednesday, Aug. 29, noticed a man riding a bicycle without a light, which is required after dark, according to Cass County District Court documents. The officer drove past the man and ordered him to stop, but instead the man began pedaling faster and shouted an obscenity at the officer, court documents said.
BISMARCK — A recount of the votes cast in the primary for the North Dakota secretary of state race resulted in one additional vote for Roland Riemers— not enough for the Libertarian candidate to advance to the November election. The current secretary of state, Al Jaeger, said the recount showed one vote was added in Burleigh County, increasing the statewide vote total for Riemers from 247 to 248. Riemers of Grand Forks needed at least 300 votes during the June primary to receive his party's nomination and advance to the general election in November.