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BISMARCK — The U.S. Travel Association has named North Dakota's Sara Otte Coleman as its state tourism director of the year, the organization announced Monday, Aug. 13. The association cited a 35 percent jump in tourism-related employment in North Dakota under her direction. It also noted the promotional campaign featuring Hollywood actor and North Dakota native Josh Duhamel.
BISMARCK — North Dakota voters will decide whether to amend the state constitution this fall with language aimed at ensuring only U.S. citizens can vote in elections here, Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Friday, Aug. 10. A group led by former state Republican Party Chairman Gary Emineth, who's running for the state Senate in Bismarck this year, submitted 35,637 signatures last month, well above the 26,904 necessary to get a constitutional measure on the ballot. Jaeger's office said Friday 32,786 signatures were verified.
BISMARCK — Attorneys for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said this week the agency will need more time to review information from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline before completing an environmental study. In a status report filed in the U.S. District Court in North Dakota, the Corps said it has "almost completed its evaluation" but now expects to issue a decision by the end of the month. It had previously expected to complete the process by Friday, Aug. 10.
BISMARCK — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will visit North Dakota next week to tour a coal mine and an adjacent power plant, Republican members of the state's congressional delegation said Thursday, Aug. 9. Perry, a former Texas governor who was tapped to lead the Department of Energy last year, will tour North American Coal's Falkirk Mine near Underwood, N.D., on Aug. 13 before examining Great River Energy's Coal Creek Station next door. Coal Creek is the largest power plant in the state.
DEVILS LAKE -- A man who drowned Monday, Aug. 8, at Devils Lake has been identified. Daniel Chisholm of Grand Forks died Monday afternoon at CHI St. Alexius Health, Ramsey County Sheriff Steve Nelson said. Chisholm, 64, had tried to launch his boat into Six-Mile Bay but it was pulled onto the lake by wind, Nelson said. He swam out toward the boat and tried to catch it but he went under.
WAHPETON, N.D. – Authorities have identified an 84-year-old woman who was killed and two people who were injured in a home explosion Saturday, Aug. 4, west of Wahpeton. Mavis Onchuck, of Wahpeton, was killed in the blast, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Office. Cole Defries, 22, and Danielle Faller, 25, both of Wahpeton, were injured and were taken to a hospital where they were treated and released, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. The explosion occurred about 9:40 a.m. when the three people were in the home.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's fall duck flight is expected to be up 12 percent from last year, based on observations from the annual mid-July waterfowl production survey, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department reported Monday, Aug. 6. This year's duck brood index was up 37 percent from last year and showed 5.11 broods per square mile, an increase of 39 percent. Average brood size is unchanged at 6.76 ducklings per brood.
BISMARCK — A couple of key deadlines are coming up this week, for hunters in North Dakota. Wednesday, Aug. 8, is the deadline to apply for pronghorn licenses, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department said Monday. A total of 1,075 licenses are available in 10 open units: 1A, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4C, 5A, 6A and 7A. All licenses are valid for any pronghorn.
WAHPETON, N.D. -- One person is dead and two more are in the hospital after a home explosion in rural Wahpeton Saturday morning, Aug. 4. According to the Richland County Sheriff's Office, the explosion occurred around 9:40 a.m. when three people were inside the home. The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the explosion. The condition of the two injured people is unknown.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. -- A 12-person jury on Wednesday, Aug. 1, found a New Rockford man, who is age 48 or 49, guilty of the attempted murder of his wife and another individual between March 10, 2017, and April 25, 2017. The criminal complaint alleged Alexander Lail had attempted to arrange to have someone kill the two people and burn their homes because they had provided information to law enforcement officers regarding the defendant’s criminal activities.