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MANDAN, N.D. — Authorities have identified the two people arrested Saturday, Feb. 18, with more than 4 pounds of methamphetamine in Morton County. The Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday identified the driver of the car as Jocelyn Regalado, of Oregon, and her passenger, Junior Simental, after initially refusing to release their names. North Dakota law requires law enforcement agencies to release basic arrestee information.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- A woman is dead after being hit by a train in Detroit Lakes. At around 9 p.m. Saturday, Detroit Lakes police and paramedics responded to a report of an accident involving a pedestrian at a crossing at Washington Avenue and U.S. Highway 10, which is within sight of the town’s train station and downtown. Upon arrival at the scene, officers and paramedics found the victim just west of Washington Avenue on the railroad tracks.
FARGO — Passenger boardings continued to tick down last month at nearly all of North Dakota's commercial airports. The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission's monthly boardings report, released Thursday, Feb. 16, shows seven of the state's eight commercial airports had fewer boardings last month than they did in January 2016. The biggest percentage decrease was recorded in Dickinson, which posted a 13.6 percent decline that translated to 204 fewer boardings for the month, followed by a 12.2 percent drop in Williston.
Forum Communications photographer from Mitchell, S.D, wins top international honor MITCHELL, S.D. -- One of the Forum News Service’s photographers who works at the Mitchell (SD) Daily Republic was recognized Monday night as the Pictures of the Year International’s Sports Photographer of the Year.
GRAND FORKS — Casey Ryan, a Grand Forks doctor and former president of Altru Health System, will fill a vacancy on the North Dakota Board of Higher Education. The appointment was announced Tuesday, Feb. 14, by Gov. Doug Burgum. A release from Burgum's office identifies Ryan as a past instructor, course director and assistant dean at the UND School of Medicine, as well as a member of its faculty academic council since 2015. Ryan's appointment fills a four-year term to a vacancy left by board member Kari Reichert, whose term ends in June.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum reappointed Kathleen Neset to the State Board of Higher Education Thursday, Feb. 9. Neset, a geologist and president of Neset Consulting, was first appointed to the board in June 2012. She applied for a second four-year term and was among three finalists chosen by a nominating committee to be interviewed, according to a news release. The state Senate must confirm her appointment. Neset is currently the board's chairwoman. A second open seat on the board is expected to be filled next week, the governor's office said.
WILLISTON, N.D. — An estimated 300 barrels, or 12,600 gallons, of produced water spilled at an oil and gas well Thursday, Feb. 9, but the contamination was contained on site, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said. Oasis Petroleum reported the spill was caused by a valve that froze at a well about 7 miles southeast of Williston. The produced water, a waste byproduct of oil development, was contained within the diking of the well site. A state inspector planned to visit the site Thursday to monitor the cleanup.
FARGO — A former University of North Dakota police officer has been ordered to serve 10 years in prison after a child pornography investigation revealed he had collected more than 50,000 images and videos. Paul Bradley Meagher, 43, Grand Forks, also must serve 10 years on supervised release following the prison term in a sentence handed down Monday, Feb. 6, by U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson.
MINOT, N.D.—Country music star Jason Aldean, the latest Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year, is one of several headliners booked for the North Dakota State Fair in July. Little Big Town will open up the fair on July 21, followed by Brothers Osborne July 23, Thomas Rhett on July 26 and Lonestar on July 27. Aldean will play July 28. Aldean's newest album, "They Don't Know," is his seventh, and his first since 2014. An enduro race July 24 and a truck and tractor pull July 25 are also set for the grandstand. Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Feb. 10.
DEER RIVER, Minn. — A 22-year-old Remer, Minnesota, man was killed and a 19-year-old female passenger from Remer received non-life-threatening injuries in a Saturday night crash near here. A baby girl riding in the Chrysler Town and Country minivan was not injured. The man's name has not been released pending notification of relatives. The woman, Savannah Ellen Hinsz, was taken to Deer River Hospital. Deer River is about 15 miles west of Grand Rapids.