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BISMARCK -- A Hettinger resident claimed the $25,000 for life prize from the North Dakota Lottery on Friday afternoon, Aug. 31. The player, who chose to remain anonymous, opted for the one-time, lump sum payment of $390,000 before taxes, lottery officials said. The drawing was held July 2. The winner hit all five numbers except the lucky ball. The Lucky for Life top prize for the Thursday, Sept. 6, draw is $1,000 a day for life. That includes hitting all five numbers and the lucky ball.
BISMARCK -- A 76-year-old man killed in a single-vehicle crash northwest of Bismarck on Sunday, Sept. 2, has been identified as Richard Hoge of Baldwin, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. Hoge was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Impala eastbound on 97th Avenue Northwest about five miles from Bismarck when he failed to negotiate a curve and went into the ditch. The vehicle struck two large trees. Hoge was pronounced dead at the crash site, the patrol said.
FARGO — Legalize ND, a group backing Measure 3, which aims to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota, issued a statement Friday, Aug. 31, casting doubt on a poll released the day before that suggested only 38 percent support the measure. "It is completely nonsensical to believe that numbers have swung this drastically since we commissioned our own poll prior to making the ballot. It is quite simply malarkey that this could feasibly be accurate," said Cole Haymond, an adviser for Legalize ND.
FARGO — For want of a bicycle light, a man is now facing a felony terrorizing charge after reportedly leading police on a chase that ended when officers tackled the man off the bike he was fleeing on. An officer on patrol Wednesday, Aug. 29, noticed a man riding a bicycle without a light, which is required after dark, according to Cass County District Court documents. The officer drove past the man and ordered him to stop, but instead the man began pedaling faster and shouted an obscenity at the officer, court documents said.
BISMARCK — A recount of the votes cast in the primary for the North Dakota secretary of state race resulted in one additional vote for Roland Riemers— not enough for the Libertarian candidate to advance to the November election. The current secretary of state, Al Jaeger, said the recount showed one vote was added in Burleigh County, increasing the statewide vote total for Riemers from 247 to 248. Riemers of Grand Forks needed at least 300 votes during the June primary to receive his party's nomination and advance to the general election in November.
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GRAND FORKS -- Grand Forks police said a rash of counterfeit cash is making the rounds at local businesses. The department posted a photo of the bills on Facebook and circled the biggest clue that the money is fake -- “Motion Picture Use Only” is stamped across the back and in the top right corner on the front. Police Lt. Derik Zimmel said there are variations of the bills and others may have Chinese symbols printed on them. The bills are about the same size as real money, he said, but likely feel different.
GRAND FORKS - North Dakota ranks third in the country for states with the most impaired-driving deaths per capita, studies show. Half of the state’s 113 motor vehicle deaths in 2016 involved alcohol, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report. The national average is 28 percent. A national organization, Safewise, is aiming to reduce the number of drinking and driving fatalities and is offering free gift cards to Lyft users in North Dakota.
FARGO — A West Fargo father accused of injuring his 3-month-old son has been sentenced to five months behind bars and two years of supervised probation. Aaron Kempfer pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court to a felony count of child abuse in May. On Monday, Aug. 27, a judge sentenced Kempfer, giving him credit for having already spent 118 days in jail. He must also pay about $690 in restitution.
FARGO — "PBS NewsHour" anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff will be in Prairie Public's downtown Fargo studio to moderate a debate between North Dakota's U.S. Senate candidates. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., will debate at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, and Prairie Public will broadcast it live on its radio, television and online network. Woodruff will co-moderate the debate with Prairie Public's election coverage producer Matt Olien.