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GRAND FORKS -- A 46-year-old Jamestown man was killed after the vehicle he was driving crashed into an overpass support on Interstate 29 about 23 miles north of Grand Forks Monday morning. The northbound Ford Explorer entered the median before striking the concrete support, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The driver, identified Tuesday as Brent Kimball, died at the scene. The accident happened around 8:30 a.m.
MAYVILLE -- A Mayville, man was killed this weekend in Marshall County in northwest Minnesota when a trench he was working in collapsed. Benjamin Bartle, 28, was working in a trench Saturday near Alvarado, Minn., when one side of the hole collapsed, causing him to be crushed up against the other side and buried up to his head in dirt, according to Marshall County Sheriff Jason Boman.
BRAINERD, Minn.—In this week's Northland Outdoors TV episode, we feature northeast South Dakota veteran trapper John Almquist who for 50 years, regardless of the weather conditions, has walked his prairie trapline, not for the money, but to connect with the outdoors on a very personal basis. And join the crew as they travel to the southwestern Minnesota town of Hendricks to see how Bank Brewing Co., a successful private craft beer business, is working to preserve quality wildlife management areas and create new, premiere wildlife habitat by serving up beer.
WILLISTON, N.D. - A broken well head caused about 500 barrels, or 21,000 gallons, of saltwater to spill at a well site over the weekend, but the spill was contained and recovered, authorities said. Zavanna LLC reported the spill that occurred Saturday at a saltwater disposal well about 7 miles east of Williston, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said.
BISMARCK -- Doug Burgum, the Republican candidate for North Dakota governor, criticized sexually aggressive remarks made by his party’s presidential nominee Donald Trump that surfaced over the weekend. “These comments are offensive, wrong and unacceptable,” Burgum said in a two-sentence statement provided late Saturday night. “It is disappointing that our presidential nominating system produced two flawed candidates.”
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., has dealt a loss to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its fight to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. In a decision issued Sunday, Oct. 9, a three-judge panel denied a motion requesting that work on the $3.8 billion pipeline be stopped in places where, the tribe says, the project will desecrate sacred land.
NECHE, N.D.—A routine theft investigation turned into one of the biggest drug busts near the Canadian border in Pembina County, according to law enforcement officers. Now a local business is under investigation to see if it was used to channel those drugs. It started with a search warrant for stolen, high-priced car parts at 52-year-old Renaud Duane Winkler's property off North Dakota Highway 18 in Neche, a city of about 370 residents approximately 90 miles north of Grand Forks.
BISMARCK – Fargo businessman Doug Burgum has raised nearly $1.6 million in his campaign for governor, according to his pre-general election campaign statement filed Friday. Since launching his campaign in mid-January, the Republican and former Microsoft executive has raised $1.58 million, including $62,515 in contributions of $200 or less.
FARGO — Fargo is one of the fastest-growing midsize cities in the country, according to a new analysis. A report released earlier this week by finance website WalletHub said Fargo is the ninth fastest-growing midsize city based on a study that compared 515 cities on 14 different factors, including population growth rate, college-educated population growth and unemployment rate decreases. Fargo ranked 13th overall in the study, which looked at growth between 2009 and 2015.
DEVILS LAKE -- A South Dakota man could spend the rest of his life in prison after investigators said he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl four years ago in Devils Lake. Wade Alan Steele, 43, of Huron, S.D., was booked into the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center on Wednesday on two gross sexual imposition charges in Ramsey County District Court.