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BISMARCK - Gov. Doug Burgum has directed state government agencies and encouraged North Dakotans to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff as a mark of respect for the memory of astronaut and public servant John Glenn. Glenn, who died Dec. 8 at the age of 95, will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, April 6. Burgum's directive is in accordance with a proclamation issued by the President Donald Trump on Wednesday and will remain in effect until sunset Thursday.
BISMARCK—Former University of North Dakota football coach and athletic director Roger Thomas will retire, the University of Mary announced Tuesday, April 4. Thomas' retirement will be effective June 30. Thomas, who has been Mary's athletic director since 2008, was UND's head football coach from 1986-98. He was then athletic director from 1999-2005. Thomas, the winningest coach in UND football history, was 90-43-1. He guided UND to five NCAA Division II postseason appearances.
MITCHELL, S.D.—An owner of a Mitchell hot dog shop was sentenced to the state penitentiary after what the defense and prosecution described as a "troubling case" involving the sale of illegal drugs. Jordan Muntefering, 27, of Mitchell, was sentenced Tuesday, April 4, at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell to 15 years for distributing MDMA — also known as ecstasy or Molly — and possessing MDMA with intent to distribute in a drug-free zone.
Fargo - Women in North Dakota make 71 cents to every $1 a man earns, giving the state the fifth worst rate in the nation. That comes from a report by the National Partnership for Women and Families. The group looked at income data from The U.S. Census. That differnce in wage gap comes to more than $15,000 a year. In North Dakota, 24,000 households are headed by women, and 25 percent of those households are living in poverty. Nationally, women are paid 80 cents on every man's dollar. In Minnesota, women are paid 81 cents to every dollar.
CASSELTON, N.D. — Five people were arrested on drug charges Monday, April 3, after the Cass County Sheriff's Office simultaneously conducted early-morning searches at four different locations here. The sheriff's office said multiple meetings with Casselton city leaders, the Central Cass School District and concerned citizens preceded "a lengthy narcotics investigation" that led to the arrests.
BELCOURT, N.D. — One person suffered life-threatening injuries and another suffered serious injuries when a police pursuit ended with a rollover 6 miles south of Belcourt. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said Belcourt police responded to a disturbance at Sky Dancer Casino after receiving a call at 2:30 a.m. Monday, April 3, prior to the pursuit. According to a Highway Patrol report:
STANLEY, N.D. — A Wyoming man died Saturday, April 1, when the pickup he was driving rolled in Mountrail County. In a report released Monday, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said: Steve McCament, 69, of Powell, Wy., was driving a 2015 Ford pickup north on County Highway 8, about 5 miles south of Stanley, when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road at 8:10 p.m.
KILLDEER, N.D. — The North Dakota Highway Patrol has released the identity of a 41-year-old Montana man who died Thursday, March 30, after he was run over by a service truck on Highway 22 near Killdeer. According to a report released by the North Dakota Highway Patrol: The incident happened about 5:43 p.m. Thursday about 30 miles north of Killdeer. A service truck was northbound on Highway 22 when insulation the truck was carrying blew off the truck bed.
KILLDEER, N.D.—A 41-year-old Montana man died Thursday, March 30, after he was run over by a service truck on Highway 22 near Killdeer. According to a report released by the North Dakota Highway Patrol: The incident happened about 5:43 p.m. Thursday about 30 miles north of Killdeer. A service truck was northbound on Highway 22 when insulation the truck was carrying blew off the truck bed. The driver of the truck stopped and the victim, who was a passenger in the truck, got out to retrieve the insulation.
ST. PAUL -- A man considered a person of interest in the 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling has filed a federal lawsuit against the county sheriff who investigated the case. Dan Rassier filed the suit Wednesday assigned to Judge Donovan W. Frank, according to court documents.