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FARGO — Former North Dakota State volleyball standout Jennifer Lopez has been named the program's interim head coach, athletic director Matt Larsen announced Wednesday, May 17. Lopez has been an assistant coach at NDSU the past two seasons. She replaces Kari Thompson, who is leaving to be the head volleyball coach at Southern Illinois.
Just what is the best state in the good ol’ U.S.? In a topic sure to fuel debate, grandiose claims and a staunch homestate pride, one study aims to set the record straight. In its Best States ranking, U.S. News and World Report used more than 60 metrics — weighted by categories like health care, education, economy and crime — to determine the best and worst states.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- About 500 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into Devils Lake on Tuesday, May 16, after a fuel dispenser malfunctioned at the North Dakota Army National Guard Camp Grafton, the state Department of Health said. The incident happened about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday as an operator was fueling a tanker truck and the fuel dispenser failed to shut off, said Karl Rockeman, director of the health department’s Division of Water Quality.
WILLISTON, N.D.—A lightning strike at a saltwater disposal well over the weekend caused about 325 barrels, or 13,650 gallons, of produced water to spill near Williston, the North Dakota Department of Health said. The spill occurred Sunday, May 14, at a facility owned by Oasis Petroleum about 15 miles northwest of Williston, the health department said. Produced water, or brine, is a waste byproduct of oil and gas production.
The State Board of Higher Education will have a new student member this summer. Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed North Dakota State University student Jacob Dailey to serve a one-year term as a voting member of the board, according to a Monday news release. Dailey, an agricultural education student, will fill the seat held by outgoing student member Nick Evans, whose term ends June 30. Dailey is originally from Kansas and has served in legislative and executive positions in the NDSU Student Government, recently holding the office of president of that organization.
FARGO—Making its eighth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last nine years, North Dakota State's softball team found out Sunday night, May 14, it will be traveling to Norman, Okla.—the same place where the Bison won a 2009 regional. The Bison, with a 28-31 record, will play host to defending national champion Oklahoma (50-8) in a 1:30 p.m. game Friday, May 19. The Bison earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament by beating Indiana Purdue-Indianapolis in two straight championship games, 13-4 and 5-3, Saturday, May 13, at NDSU's Ellig Sports Complex.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Air Force has agreed to upgrade the North Dakota Air Guard's unmanned aircraft from Predators to the MQ-9 Reaper in the coming months, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said in a news release Friday, May 12. Earlier this month, the state's Adjutant General Al Dohrmann notified the senator that the active duty Air Force had signaled they would deploy the Reapers overseas, rather than sending them to the Air Guard in North Dakota, Arizona and Texas.
MANDAN, N.D. — A toxicology report shows the man found dead on the shore of the Cannonball River had alcohol in his system when he drowned in April. The Morton County Sheriff's Department said in a Friday, May 12 press release Damjan Nedelkovski, 35, of Glendale, Calif., had no drugs in his system, but a toxicology report did find alcohol.
OGDEN, Utah—Sarah Murphy's three-run triple with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted Southern Utah to a 7-6 win over the University of North Dakota on Thursday morning on the opening day of the Big Sky Conference tournament. The Fighting Hawks were playing in their first league tournament in program history. UND led 3-0 after the first inning but SUU answered with four runs thanks to three errors in the fourth inning. Of the seven SUU runs, UND pitcher Kaylin VanDomelen allowed just three earned.
KEENE, N.D. – Human error caused an oil storage tank to overflow in McKenzie County, causing an oil spill of 610 barrels, or 25,620 gallons, the North Dakota Health Department said Thursday, May 11. Crestwood Midstream discovered the spill Friday, April 28, at a transmission pipeline distribution point about 11 miles southeast of Keene, said Karl Rockeman, director of the Division of Water Quality.