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JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Four Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail cars and two locomotives derailed upright on industry track Wednesday, Sept. 20, about 5 miles west of Jamestown, according to a BNSF official.
LARIMORE, N.D. -- A Larimore man was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving drunk following a crash that killed a 58-year-old motorcyclist in Grand Forks County. The North Dakota Highway Patrol responded to a crash at 9:15 p.m. Monday a half-mile east of Larimore on County Road 4 where Paul Albert Lilja, 43, had been traveling east in a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado pickup.
PIERRE — A Dallas, S.D., man who pleaded guilty to threatening to blow up a Veterans Affairs building was sentenced 18 months in prison.
GRAND FORKS --- The University of North Dakota has begun the search for a new dean of its College of Business and Public Administration. A university press release announced Monday, Sept. 18, the creation of an 11-member search committee assembled by UND Provost Tom DiLorenzo and chaired by Cindy Juntunen, dean of the College of Education and Human Development. The committee consists of a mix of staff, faculty and UND alumni. It also includes student Erik Hanson, who is vice president of the university's student government.
KILLEEN, Texas—A Texas woman's Facebook complaint has gone viral after she complained that a decorative item featuring cotton sold at a local Hobby Lobby was "wrong on so many levels." In the Facebook post, Daniell Rider writes: "This decor is WRONG on SO many levels, There is nothing decorative about raw cotton... A commodity which was gained at the expense of African-American slaves." "A little sensitivity goes a long way. PLEASE REMOVE THIS "decor."
BISMARCK—Opponents of a hog farm near Buffalo, N.D., are seeking another hearing at the North Dakota Supreme Court.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem joined other attorneys general in a letter to Equifax expressing concerns over the credit reporting agency's response to its massive security breach, his office said Friday, Sept. 15. The attorneys general asked the company to make its website less confusing, add customer service staff, make the hotline number available 24 hours a day and to disable links for its fee-based credit monitoring service. They said Equifax should reimburse consumers who have had to pay fees to freeze their credit.
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns signed former North Dakota State University defensive back C.J. Smith to the practice squad, the team announced Friday, Sept. 15, in a press release. Smith, a 5-foot-11, 188-pound cornerback, was originally signed by Philadelphia as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He appeared in 10 games for the Eagles last season and spent Week 1 of the 2017 season on the Eagles’ practice squad.
BISMARCK -- The University of Mary said it will add men’s hockey and is waiting for approval from the American Collegiate Hockey Association for affiliation. If the 408-team ACHA grants Mary’s request, the school plans to field a team for the 2018-19 season.
FARGO — Mayor Tim Mahoney will run for re-election in 2018, he told WDAY radio Thursday, Sept. 14. "I just have very much enjoyed being mayor and have a lot of things I still want to get the city to do," he said to Jim Shaw, guest host for Mike McFeely's show.