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WILLISTON, N.D. — The founder and CEO of Facebook spent Tuesday, July 11, in North Dakota, visiting Williston to learn more about the oil industry and taking a trip to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Mark Zuckerberg wrote a lengthy message on his Facebook page about the visit, encouraging followers to “get out and learn about all perspectives on issues” even while noting that “stopping climate change is one of the most important challenges of our generation.”
BISMARCK — About 76 barrels of oil and more than 3,000 barrels of saltwater were spilled in a contained release after lightning struck a saltwater disposal well site Monday night, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said Tuesday, July 11.
Canadian convenience store giant Alimentation Couche-Tard has agreed to purchase Minnesota-based Holiday Stationstores, in a deal announced Monday, July 10. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Couche-Tard expects the sale to close during the fourth quarter of 2018. Couche-Tard’s agreement with Holiday includes all of the issued and outstanding shares of Holiday Stationstores and certain affiliated companies.
BISMARCK—North Dakota counties will have added almost 900 jail beds by the end of 2017, the North Dakota Association of Counties said this week. The association cited a recent survey showing eight counties plan to complete jail expansion projects this year—some are already complete—totaling $230 million. That will increase county jail capacity by 886 beds, from 1,765 to 2,633.
CANISTOTA, S.D. — Former Circuit Court Judge Tim Bjorkman plans to announce his candidacy for South Dakota's U.S. House of Representatives seat. According to a press release sent early Monday morning, Bjorkman is inviting the public to a program and free supper at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Canistota Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Canistota Public School. Bjorkman, a Kimball native, will attempt to become the first Democrat to serve in that role since Stephanie Herseth Sandlin from 2004 to 2011.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — An American eel — far, far away from its natural home in the North Atlantic Ocean — was found in a southwest Minnesota lake late last month. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fisheries workers conducting a lake survey on Cottonwood Lake about 16 miles southwest of Granite Falls captured a female, 37.4 inch American eel in their trapnet late last month.
BISMARCK—The former head of the Minnesota Department of Transportation will take on the same role in North Dakota, Gov. Doug Burgum announced Friday, July 7. Thomas Sorel, the Minnesota transportation commissioner from 2008 to 2012, has been appointed director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Burgum announced. He succeeds Grant Levi, who retired in May after almost four decades in the department.
FARGO -- A man has been severely injured after a firecracker went off in his hand outside a downtown Fargo bar. According to Fargo police, crews were called to the 600 block of NP Avenue, near the No Bull restaurant about 8:11 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, for the report of a fireworks incident. Officers said a 46-year-old man found a firework in the parking lot located to the west of the restaurant, picked it up and lit it.
BISMARCK — The number of job openings in North Dakota is down almost 11 percent from a year ago, employment figures released Wednesday, July 5, show. Job Service North Dakota said there were 12,767 online job openings in June 2017, down 10.9 percent from the same month a year ago. Cass County saw the largest numeric decline over the past year, with 980 fewer job openings.
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — Officers believe alcohol was involved in an early Independence Day crash near Pelican Rapids that left a Moorhead man injured. The Minnesota State Patrol responded at 3:25 a.m. Tuesday to a one-vehicle rollover on state Highway 108 near Otter Tail County Road 113, about 2 miles west of Pelican Rapids, according to a State Patrol report. That's where Brandon Jack Arion, 28, was westbound in a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado when the pickup went off the road to the left, hit an embankment and rolled into the ditch, the report stated.