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BOWMAN, N.D. — A pipeline leak has caused a spill of about 300 barrels, or 12,600 gallons, of produced water about 11 miles south of Bowman, the North Dakota Department of Health said Tuesday, Jan. 17. The leak, in a gathering pipeline owned by Luff Exploration Co., was discovered last Friday. Officials were still working to determine the extent of the damage, but there were no indications that it affected water sources, said Bill Suess, spill investigation program manager. The health department and the North Dakota Industrial Commission are investigating. (FNS)
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota House easily passed legislation to limit the bonuses given to the governors’ staff and appointees Tuesday, Jan. 17. House Bill 1153 would limit recruitment and retention bonuses paid to an employee in the governor’s office or state officer appointed by the governor to 10 percent of their annual salary or $5,000, whichever is less. It came in response some controversy over bonuses paid to some of former Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s staff and Cabinet members in 2015.
DENVER — North Dakota State's unbeaten streak in Summit League men's basketball came to a crashing halt Saturday with a 79-55 loss at Denver. It was NDSU's second-worse loss of the season. The Bison suffered an 85-55 loss at nationally-ranked Xavier earlier this season. They also had a 17-point loss to North Dakota and a 16-point loss to Arkansas.
Grand Forks police have arrested a 30-year-old man suspected of committing two hit-and-runs two minutes apart Saturday morning, Jan. 14. Victor Garzamarichalar, Grand Forks, was arrested and charged Saturday with driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and following too closely.
MANDAN, N.D. -- A South Dakota man wanted on a warrant for criminal trespass charges turned himself in to authorities on Friday, Jan. 13. Michael Markus is accused of trespassing on the Backwater Bridge during a Dakota Access Pipeline protest Dec. 7, a release from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department said. Authorities say he cut and removed portions of the security wire. After a verbal confrontation, the suspect left the bridge. Law enforcement has made 586 arrests during protest activity since Aug. 10.
BISMARCK — Taxable sales and purchases were down almost 20 percent in the third quarter of 2016 compared with the same time period a year before, North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger announced Thursday, Jan. 12. Taxable sales and purchases totaled $4.6 billion in July, August and September of last year. Rauschenberger cited lower oil and farm commodity prices for the decline. The $4.6 billion figure is closer to what third quarter taxable sales and purchases were six years ago, Rauschenberger said, adding that a "new normal" may emerge soon.
The Red Pepper and its grinders are no secret to Grand Forks residents, and with the help of the internet, the rest of the country is hearing about them, too. In an article published by the website The Daily Meal, the sandwich is hailed as North Dakota's Best Sandwich and described as nothing less than a "local legend." Red Pepper responded to the publicity Wednesday with a tweet thanking the blog for the recognition. Minnesota's Best Sandwich credits were given to Manny's Tortas in Minneapolis.
GRAND FORKS -- Grand Forks Police are investigating a suspicious death that occurred Saturday afternoon, Jan. 7. First responders were dispatched to the 1100 block of North 55th Street Saturday at approximately 4 p.m. The deceased woman was identified by Lt. Brett Johnson Monday as 24-year-old Kristen Guillemette. The woman's death was unattended, Johnson said, meaning she died before authorities arrived.
MANDAN, N.D. – A Dakota Access Pipeline protester accused of terrorizing a vehicle full of journalists and recklessly driving a pickup in the protest area and then fleeing police turned himself into the Morton County Sheriff’s Department. James White of Cannon Ball, N.D., was wanted on felony warrants for reckless endangerment, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving and felonious restraint.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Senate overwhelmingly rejected a resolution that would have, if approved by voters, removed the State Hospital from the state Constitution Tuesday, Jan. 10. The change would have struck language from a section of the North Dakota Constitution that lists the State Hospital in Jamestown as one of the public institutions “permanently located” across the state. The resolution would have put the change to voters in 2018.