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BISMARCK — North Dakota state agencies are fighting opioid overdoses under an executive order signed by Gov. Doug Burgum last month. The actions, described by the governor's office Wednesday, Oct. 18, stem from Burgum's order aimed at making naloxone, a medication designed to reverse the symptoms of an opioid overdoses, more available.
HANNAFORD, N.D.—Two semi drivers were injured Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 17, when their rigs crashed into each other in Griggs County. At 4:43 p.m., Patrick Kraemer, 60, of McHenry, N.D., was westbound on County Road 26 about 7 miles west of Hannaford when his a 2009 Peterbilt semi collided with a 2004 Peterbilt driven by Taylor Rose, 29, of Wimbledon, N.D., according to a news release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Both were sent to the hospital with unknown injuries.
BISMARCK — Dakota Access Pipeline donated $140,000 to emergency management departments in the seven counties along the controversial pipeline's route, Energy Transfer Partners announced last week. Three press conferences were held to present the donations Tuesday, Oct. 17. The donations were "offered in goodwill by the company" and can be used to purchase new equipment, perform additional training or for other purposes.
PRESHO, S.D. -- The fire chief for a small south central South Dakota community died while battling a blaze this past weekend, according to Lyman County officials. Presho Fire Chief Donald “Donny” Manger, 54, died while working at a structure fire Saturday, Oct. 14, in rural Lyman County.
STARK COUNTY -- Three were injured following a three-vehicle crash three miles south of Dickinson on Friday afternoon, Oct. 13. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, a 2011 Ford Escape was struck from behind by a 2001 Ford F150 as the Escape was waiting to turn east onto southbound 42nd St. SW from Highway 22.
STURGIS, S.D. -- The administration of a South Dakota high school on Thursday, Oct. 12, canceled its homecoming football game and activities after a racist comment was painted on the side of a car and the image posted a social media site. The stunt, part of an unsponsored car bash during homecoming, now involves the Sturgis Police Department for possible investigation, the Meade School District said on a Facebook post.
BISMARCK—More than 300 citations were attributed to added patrols under a distracted driving enforcement campaign in September, the North Dakota Department of Transportation said Thursday, Oct. 12. Of the 334 citations, 186 were issued for distracted driving. Law enforcement officers across the state worked 445 overtime hours for the "U Drive. U Text. U Pay" effort, according to a news release. Funding for the additional enforcement was provided by a federal grant through the state Department of Transportation.
BISMARCK—A judicial slot will be retained in Fargo after the retirement of District Judge Norman Anderson, the North Dakota Supreme Court said Tuesday, Oct. 10. The court received comments supported filling the vacancy in the East Central Judicial District, which is made up of Cass, Steele and Traill counties. It didn't receive petitions to relocate the vacancy.
Pink balloons were released during a candlelight vigil for 21-year-old North Dakota State University student Ellie Helm Monday, Oct. 9, on the NDSU campus. Helm was killed in an ATV crash Friday evening, Sept. 29, in Wisconsin.
BISMARCK—Citing confusion over recent news reports, Medica clarified Monday, Oct. 9, that it is not withdrawing its Medicare plans from North Dakota in 2018. The company is withdrawing its individual health plans from the North Dakota insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act, as previously announced by state Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread. Those plans are sold to people under the age of 65 who purchase coverage on their own.