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Forum Communications photographer from Mitchell, S.D, wins top international honor MITCHELL, S.D. -- One of the Forum News Service’s photographers who works at the Mitchell (SD) Daily Republic was recognized Monday night as the Pictures of the Year International’s Sports Photographer of the Year.
GRAND FORKS — Casey Ryan, a Grand Forks doctor and former president of Altru Health System, will fill a vacancy on the North Dakota Board of Higher Education. The appointment was announced Tuesday, Feb. 14, by Gov. Doug Burgum. A release from Burgum's office identifies Ryan as a past instructor, course director and assistant dean at the UND School of Medicine, as well as a member of its faculty academic council since 2015. Ryan's appointment fills a four-year term to a vacancy left by board member Kari Reichert, whose term ends in June.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum reappointed Kathleen Neset to the State Board of Higher Education Thursday, Feb. 9. Neset, a geologist and president of Neset Consulting, was first appointed to the board in June 2012. She applied for a second four-year term and was among three finalists chosen by a nominating committee to be interviewed, according to a news release. The state Senate must confirm her appointment. Neset is currently the board's chairwoman. A second open seat on the board is expected to be filled next week, the governor's office said.
WILLISTON, N.D. — An estimated 300 barrels, or 12,600 gallons, of produced water spilled at an oil and gas well Thursday, Feb. 9, but the contamination was contained on site, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said. Oasis Petroleum reported the spill was caused by a valve that froze at a well about 7 miles southeast of Williston. The produced water, a waste byproduct of oil development, was contained within the diking of the well site. A state inspector planned to visit the site Thursday to monitor the cleanup.
FARGO — A former University of North Dakota police officer has been ordered to serve 10 years in prison after a child pornography investigation revealed he had collected more than 50,000 images and videos. Paul Bradley Meagher, 43, Grand Forks, also must serve 10 years on supervised release following the prison term in a sentence handed down Monday, Feb. 6, by U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson.
MINOT, N.D.—Country music star Jason Aldean, the latest Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year, is one of several headliners booked for the North Dakota State Fair in July. Little Big Town will open up the fair on July 21, followed by Brothers Osborne July 23, Thomas Rhett on July 26 and Lonestar on July 27. Aldean will play July 28. Aldean's newest album, "They Don't Know," is his seventh, and his first since 2014. An enduro race July 24 and a truck and tractor pull July 25 are also set for the grandstand. Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Feb. 10.
DEER RIVER, Minn. — A 22-year-old Remer, Minnesota, man was killed and a 19-year-old female passenger from Remer received non-life-threatening injuries in a Saturday night crash near here. A baby girl riding in the Chrysler Town and Country minivan was not injured. The man's name has not been released pending notification of relatives. The woman, Savannah Ellen Hinsz, was taken to Deer River Hospital. Deer River is about 15 miles west of Grand Rapids.
GRAND FORKS — A Grand Forks animal shelter went into lockdown Friday after receiving a phone call that threatened violence against its workers and animals, said Lauralee Tupa, executive director of the Circle of Friends Humane Society. The call came in about 2 p.m. Friday, and a male voice on the other end made the threat, Tupa said. The caller was upset about a pit bull the shelter had recently euthanized because it was aggressive toward people and had been deemed unadoptable, she said.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota lawmakers voted down a proposal to increase the speed limit on the state's highways Thursday, Feb. 2. House Bill 1184, introduced by Rep. Ben Koppelman, R-West Fargo, would have increased the speed limit on paved, two-lane highways from 65 mph to 70 mph, bumped the limit on divided multi-lane highways from 70 mph to 75 mph, and raised the interstate speed limit from 75 mph to 80 mph. The bill failed with only six members of the House voting in its favor.
KILLDEER, N.D. -- A 51-year-old Dickinson man, the driver of a Freightliner box truck, was killed in a head-on collision with a Freightliner semi truck Wednesday, Feb. 1, along Highway 22, about 20 miles north of Killdeer in western North Dakota. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the 2017 box truck was southbound just after 8 a.m. when it crossed the center line and collided with the semi’s left front. The truck came to rest on the shoulder, partially in the southbound lane while the semi came to rest in the east ditch.