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BISMARCK — The state Department of Health announced the state's first West Nile virus-related death of the year Thursday, Aug. 24. The central North Dakota woman was more than 60 years old and had "underlying medical conditions," according to a news release. She died while hospitalized.
FARGO -- The Fargo Police Department posted an update on social media Thursday, Aug. 24, regarding the search for Savanna Marie Lafontaine-Greywind , a 22-year-old woman who’s eight months pregnant and has been missing since Saturday. The update reads:
BISMARCK—Cheri Giesen, the executive director of Job Service North Dakota, will resign next month to "pursue other opportunities," Gov. Doug Burgum announced Tuesday, Aug. 22. Giesen was first appointed to her position in June 2014 by then-Gov. Jack Dalrymple before Burgum reappointed her last December. The state's workforce agency has about 160 employees and nine regional offices. Giesen's last day on the job will be Sept. 5, according to a news release. State Labor Commissioner Michelle Kommer will also lead Job Service North Dakota during an interim period.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party has hired Scott McNeil as its executive director, the party announced Tuesday, Aug. 22. McNeil previously worked in fundraising for a Washington, D.C., firm and in field operations in southern Illinois for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He has also helped run multiple statewide campaigns in Massachusetts, according to a news release. McNeil succeeds outgoing executive director Robert Haider.
FARGO -- ABC announced Monday afternoon that "American Idol" wannabes can audition in the Dakotas early next month. The show will hold auditions Wednesday, Sept. 6, in Fargo and Sunday, Sept. 10, in Rapid City, S.D. The two were listed as one of four newly announced open call cities. The ttwo others were Houston and San Antonio, Texas.
SEOUL — A U.S. Navy investigation is now underway into how the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker three times its size off the Strait of Malacca early Monday morning, Aug. 21, as the search for 10 missing sailors continues. The guided-missile destroyer is now at the Changi Naval Base in Singapore, and photos show it has a large hole in its side at the waterline.
BISMARCK—Appeals judges rejected a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Bismarck lawyer who argued his First Amendment rights were violated because of mandatory dues he had to pay the State Bar Association of North Dakota for political activity he did not support. The lawsuit, filed by the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix, argued that attorneys should be allowed to opt in to political spending by the bar association, an option provided by 18 states.
STREETER, N.D. - The body of a 25 year-old man was pulled from a body of water west of Streeter, North Dakota in Stutsman County on August 16th, 2017. Stutsman County Sheriff were initially responding to a report of suspicous vehicle tracks near a body of water on a gravel road. After no evidence of a vehicle they requested assistance from the Stutsman County Dive Team and it's Remote Operated Vehicle to search the area. The dive team was able to find a vehicle fully submerged at 1 p.m. and later that night at 8:30 p.m. they found a body.
FORT YATES, N.D.—Gov. Doug Burgum and Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II have signed a memorandum of understanding that directs state and tribal authorities on regulating an elk hunting season within the Standing Rock Reservation. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department and Standing Rock Game, Fish and Wildlife Department developed the memo to help coordinate elk management and law enforcement efforts relating to each other's authority within the boundaries of the reservation.
BISMARCK — Sparb Collins, the executive director of the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System, will retire later this year, the system's board of trustees announced Tuesday, Aug. 15. Collins has been the PERS executive director for 28 years, according to a news release from Gov. Doug Burgum's office. The system and its board will recruit a new director over the next few months, and PERS Chief Operating Officer Sharon Schiermeister will act as interim director during a transition period. Collins' last day will be Oct. 31.