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BISMARCK—Sen. John Hoeven's top staffer is leaving the North Dakota Republican's office for a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm, according to a Monday, April 2, news release. Ryan Bernstein will join McGuireWoods Consulting as a senior vice president, "assisting clients with matters before Congress, regulatory agencies and the executive branch," according to a news release from the K Street firm. He has overseen Hoeven's Senate staff since 2012 and was previously an advisor to three Republican governors: Jack Dalrymple, Hoeven and Ed Schafer.
ALEXANDER, N.D. -- A 89-year-old man from rural North Dakota, died after he was pinned between a fence post and a trailer near here on Friday, March 30. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Jacob Heen, 33, was backing up a truck and trailer to a fence to load cattle in a pasture in rural McKenzie county around 10:40 a.m.
LAKOTA, N.D.—A Grand Forks man has been ordered to spend more than four years behind bars for trying to sexually assault a juvenile boy in northeast North Dakota. Leo Lars Borgen, 52, was sentenced Thursday in Nelson County District Court to 10 years in prison for a Class B felony count of attempted gross sexual imposition. Five years of that sentence will be suspended, and he was credited 281 days for time served.
MAYVILLE, N.D. — The next president of Mayville State University now serves as associate provost at Murray State University in Kentucky. Brian Van Horn was selected Wednesday, March 28, by the State Board of Higher Education to serve as Mayville State's 17th president, starting no later than July. "Here we make an impact for life on students, and I appreciate North Dakota's commitment to affordability," Van Horn told board members during his interview.
FARGO - Vice President Mike Pence will speak Tuesday afternoon, March 27, at a public event hosted by the non-profit group America First Policies. You can learn more about the event here . Pence's speech will be streamed live on Forum Communication websites beginning at 2:15 p.m. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is also expected to speak.
BISMARCK – The superintendent of the North Dakota Highway Patrol will retire this summer. Col. Michael Gerhart Jr. announced Thursday, March 22, that he’ll retire from the position effective June 30. He’ll then become the executive vice president of advocacy organization the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association.
NOTE TO READERS: This video contains foul language and blood. FARGO – A man was shot late Wednesday night, March 21, after he allegedly brandished a large knife at police officers who responded to a domestic abuse disturbance call at a southside apartment complex, Fargo Police said in a news release. Orlando Estrada, 28, Fargo, was transported to a local hospital for his injuries, police said Thursday, March 22.
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn.—No one will be walking on the Indian at Park High School in the Twin Cities suburb of Cottage Grove again. The high school is removing a controversial Indian head mosaic from a hallway floor. Installed in 1965 to depict the mascot for the Park High School Indians, the mosaic had recently been criticized by students and community members.
TOWNER, N.D.—Charges are pending after a 77-year-old pedestrian was hit and killed by a pickup Monday night in Towner, according to North Dakota Highway Patrol. Thomas Miller of Towner died when he was hit by a 2016 Dodge Ram, driven by 60-year-old William St. Clair of Parshall at 6:44 p.m. Monday, a news release from the Highway Patrol said.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger has approved a petition format to gather signatures for an anti-corruption ballot measure, his office said Tuesday, March 20. Petition backers have until the end of the day July 9 to gather 26,904 signatures to place the constitutional amendment on the ballot.