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BISMARCK — Six lawmakers have been chosen as leaders for the North Dakota Democratic-NPL during the next Legislative Assembly. Sen. Joan Heckaman of New Rockford was elected Senate minority leader while Rep. Corey Mock of Grand Forks will be House minority leader for the state’s 65th Legislative Assembly. Lawmakers are meeting in Bismarck this week to organize for the next legislative session, which begins Jan. 3.
MANDAN, N.D. — Morton County Commission Chairman Cody Schulz urged Sen. Heidi Heitkamp to discuss the Dakota Access Pipeline during her meeting Friday, Dec. 2, with President-elect Donald Trump. Cody Schulz said he hopes Heitkamp, D-N.D., will make a direct plea to the new administration for federal resources to assist law enforcement and to expedite a decision on the final easement for the pipeline.
FARGO – The 55-year-old pilot of a Weather Modification plane died in a crash south of Fargo on Thursday, Dec. 1, North Dakota Highway Patrol Cpt. Bryan Niewind said. The twin-engine, Cessna Model 340 plane crash-landed about 4:30 p.m. about a mile north of Cass County 16 in a field about a half mile east of Interstate 29 near a stand a trees along the bank of the Wild Rice River.
John Hageman, a reporter with the Grand Forks Herald, has been hired to cover North Dakota state government, including the Legislature, for Forum News Service. In his role, Hageman will be the primary legislative reporter and work out of the North Dakota Capitol in Bismarck for Forum News Service, which is a content provider for Forum Communications Co. newspapers and several media partners.
FORT TOTTEN, N.D. — The public has been asked to help locate a Warwick, N.D., man who has been missing for more than two weeks. Virgil David Feather Sr., 65, last was seen Nov. 15 in Devils Lake, N.D., according to an emergency message sent by the Lake Region 911 Center in Devils Lake. The Native American has black hair, though a picture sent with the alert shows him with a white mustache and beard. He also has brown eyes, weighs about 220 pounds and is 6 feet tall.
FARGO—An airliner that took off earlier Wednesday from Grand Forks International Airport made a diversionary landing at Hector International Airport in Fargo after experiencing in-flight engine issues. Jordan Dahl, operations specialist at the Fargo airport, said Delta Flight 4813 was bound for Minneapolis before touching down early. The plane's pilots didn't declare an emergency situation, Dahl said, and brought the plane in as a safety precaution.
BISMARCK — The top North Dakota Department of Commerce official plans to step down Dec. 31. A news release issued Tuesday, Nov. 29, said Commissioner Alan Anderson will retire after more than five years with the agency. Anderson joined Commerce Department in May 2011.
DEVILS LAKE ,N.D. -- A Devils Lake couple was arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse after a maintenance worker discovered an infant and a toddler alone in an apartment,...
BISMARCK — A Fargo banking executive will lead North Dakota’s Department of Labor in Gov.-elect Doug Burgum’s administration. Michelle Kommer, who is the chief administrative officer and general counsel for Western State Bank, was named to the position Monday, Nov. 28, Burgum announced in an email.
GRAND FORKS -- A Grand Forks man caused a tense situation in downtown this weekend after police say he pulled a gun on a man near bar closing time Saturday morning, Nov. 26, and forced an officer to draw his own weapon during a brief foot chase. Willie Delvon Scott, 36, has been charged with reckless endangerment and terrorizing, both Class C felonies, and carrying a concealed firearm, a misdemeanor.