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GRAND FORKS -- The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences could pull the biggest part of its 10 percent budget cut — a sum of about $4.9 million — from its clinical departments. A UND news release sketched an outline of the school's portion of the campuswide budget reduction of about $32 million, a biennial cut from the 2017-19 budgeting period expected to flow from steep decreases in state appropriations.
PIERRE, S.D.—A proposed measure to make marijuana legal in South Dakota could be unconstitutional, said the state's attorney general. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley issued a statement Tuesday saying the initiated measure to make possession of one ounce of marijuana legal within the state "has numerous conflicts with other State laws." Jackley said the scope and effect of the law is unclear, and clarification will likely be needed.
GRAND FORKS -- The University of North Dakota football program has landed another NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision team matchup, this time against Utah State in a 2021 game. Utah State will host UND, a Football Championship Subdivision team, at Maverik Stadium in Logan on Sept. 11, according to FBSchedules.com. The online report, gathered through an open records request at Utah State, says UND will net $400,000 for the game. Utah State competes in the Mountain West Conference. The Aggies were 3-9 overall and 1-7 in the Mountain West a year ago.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Senate lawmakers defeated a bill Tuesday, March 28, introduced in response to Dakota Access Pipeline protests, with one legislator saying it would have a "potentially chilling effect" on free speech. Lawmakers voted 1-44 on House Bill 1193, which was prompted by instances of protesters who attached themselves to equipment to stop construction of the pipeline. The bill would have made it a Class C felony to cause economic harm of more than $1,000 while committing a misdemeanor offense.
A toddler reported missing early Tuesday has been found safe after his father and another man allegedly abducted him and stabbed the boy's mother. In a message on its Twitter page, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said 2-year-old Harlen Hulbert is safe after he was abducted at 6:55 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, from a home in south Minneapolis.
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- A Grand Forks native who once held the world record for shooting the most consecutive free throws has died. Dr. Tom Amberry, a retired podiatrist, died March 18 in Long Beach, according to media reports. He was 94 years old. Born Nov. 13, 1922, in Grand Forks, he was 6 feet 7 inches tall when he attended Grand Forks Central High School, according to Forum News Service archives. The left-handed shooter attended the University of North Dakota and played center for the basketball team.
GRAND FORKS -- Police have identified the man found encased in ice under a pier of the railroad bridge in downtown Grand Forks as Donald James Campbell, 31, of Cando. Police say Campbell also used the Northlands Rescue Mission as a temporary local address. According to Lt. Brett Johnson, criminal investigations bureau commander, police were able to identify Campbell first with personal effects that were discovered in the victim's possession. With that, they had a name to run a background check.
FARGO—The Republican National Committee is embarking on a large digital advertising campaign to put pressure on Senate Democrats in targeted states, including Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, to publicly commit to an up-or-down vote regarding Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court. The RNC said in a release that the six-figure ad campaign will also push for other Republican agenda items, including repeal of the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with the American Health Care Act.
LAKE ANDES, S.D. — An accidental shooting killed a 11-year-old Wagner boy Sunday, officials say. Officials with the Charles Mix County Sheriff’s office confirmed they responded to an incident of a shooting involving a juvenile between Lake Andes and Marty. Officials ruled it accidental. According to an obituary from Crosby Jaeger Funeral Home, 11-year-old Landon Martin died of an accident on March 19. No other information was available.
WARROAD, Minn.—A Canadian woman who was detained at a Minnesota port of entry Sunday, March 19, had a half-ounce of marijuana stashed inside her, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers said. CBP officials say a 26-year-old woman from Big Island, Ont., was crossing into the U.S. at the Warroad with two other Canadian citizens when the car was selected for a secondary inspection. The woman's name was not released by CBP.