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BISMARCK - Amnesty International USA is calling on North Dakota officials to remove a roadblock to the Dakota Access Pipeline protest site and meet regularly with protesters and community leaders. In a letter to Gov. Jack Dalrymple, the Morton County Sheriff's Office and the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Amnesty International said no parking signs on Highway 1806 and reduced speed limit warnings would ensure safety at the protest site without a roadblock.
LANGDON, N.D.—A 31-year-old Langdon woman is dead after she was hit by an SUV Saturday, Aug. 27. Stella Brown was running with her dog on North Dakota Highway 5 about a mile outside of Langdon when she was hit by a 2003 GMC Yukon, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Aaron Olson, a 25-year-old from Langdon, driving the SUV was coming back from work when he fatally hit Brown from behind around 9:15 p.m. Saturday.
FARGO — A South Dakota man is charged in Cass County District Court with a rarely used statute that alleges he engaged in a sexual act with someone without using protection and without disclosing he was infected with HIV. Joseph Cox, 26, of Aberdeen, S.D., is charged with one count of transferring bodily fluid that may contain HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus.
WEST FARGO—Two women who worked for the West Fargo Hockey Association's bingo operation at the M&J Saloon in West Fargo have been arrested on suspicion of defrauding the operation of more than $10,000. Leah Willason, 39, of Fargo, and Amy Grieger, 41, of West Fargo, were arrested Thursday evening, Aug. 25, according to West Fargo police Detective Joe Birrenkott.
GRAND FORKS -- The Grand Forks Regional Airport Authority finalized a slimmer 2017 budget Thursday. The budget projects a roughly 9.4 percent drop in operating revenue from its original 2016 budget, from $4,315,149 to $3,911,451. That's due in part to a 52 percent cut in landing fees, brought on largely by FedEx's planned departure from the Grand Forks International Airport.
GRAND FORKS -- A man has been pronounced dead by medical officials after being found unresponsive Friday morning at the Hilton Garden Inn on the University of North Dakota campus. The 26-year-old had been staying at the hotel and was not affiliated with the university, according to a release from the UND Police Department.
SIDNEY, Mont. -- A 35-year-old Sidney man is being held in the Richland County Detention Center on the charge of deliberate homicide in the death of a longtime Sidney resident Wednesday morning just outside of Sidney. The Richland County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a Franz Construction employee at 9:01 a.m. Wednesday for medical attention for Terry Klein, 63, of Sidney.
CROSBY -- Two Noonan children were killed in a two-vehicle crash in a highway construction zone near Crosby early Tuesday. The driver, 31-year-old Lesley Gunderson, who suffered serious injuries in the crash, died after being airlifted to a Minot hospital. According to a North Dakota Highway Patrol report on the incident:
FARGO -- A full solar eclipse is coming next year, the first one visible from the continental U.S. since 1979. However, those in the Upper Midwest won’t be able to see a full eclipse when it happens Aug. 21, 2017. North Dakota will see a 75 to 80 percent obscured sun that day. A full eclipse will be seen from Oregon, through the central portion of the country and down to South Carolina.
THOMPSON, N.D.—Voters in Thompson rejected a $10 million school expansion Tuesday by a vote of 642 to 592. While 52 percent were in favor of the project, 60 percent was required for approval. The school district posted the unofficial results on Twitter at 11:15 p.m.