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With a $1.6 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot, North Dakota stand to score big if a winning ticket belongs to a resident. Ryan Koppy, sales and marketing manager for the state lottery, said the state taxes lottery winnings at 2.9 percent. If the winner lives in North Dakota, he or she will pay about $43 million in state taxes. In Minnesota, the 7.25 percent tax rate would add up to around $116 million. The winner will end up handing over about $384 million to the federal government for a 24 percent tax rate.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota and Minnesota experienced some of the most growth among heartland states from 2010 to 2016, according to a Brookings Institute study. Much of North Dakota's growth has been driven by an increase in energy extraction fields and the oil boom, the study claimed. The survey included 19 states in the "heartland region" stretching from Oklahoma to Ohio.
GRAND FORKS — A Grand Forks woman will go to trial on accusations that she beat a woman with a hammer as she sexually assaulted her. Rebecca Dakota Grant, 31, could spend life in prison if convicted. Grand Forks District Court Judge Lolita Hartl-Romanick refused to reduce her bond Thursday, Oct. 18, when the trial was rescheduled. Court documents allege Grant hit a woman she knew in the face, threw her to the ground and ripped off her pants in the kitchen of the woman's apartment just before 1 p.m. on May 22.
GRAND FORKS -- Tap water from Bismarck made quite the splash during the annual Drinking Water Taste Test on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Bismarck tap water was declared the best-tasting water in the state, with Wahpeton and Valley City water trailing behind. Judges Aurel Arndt, American Water Works Association treasurer; Grand Forks Herald columnist Marilyn Hagerty and Matt Henson of WDAZ-TV judged the top three samples during a blind taste test. There were nine samples total.
WASHINGTON—A bill introduced by U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., intending to increase border security and bolster the workforce passed Thursday through the Senate with a unanimous vote.
GRAND FORKS—A Grand Forks man who allegedly told police he tried to stab a woman to death because "she was a witch and he had to slay her" pleaded not guilty Wednesday, Oct. 10. Akmal Rashidovich Azizov, 20, could spend up to 20 years in prison if convicted on the Class A felony attempted murder charge. He's being held without bond because he told police he would try to kill the victim again if released, Assistant State's Attorney Haley Wamstad said.
GRAND FORKS—Grand Forks police on Wednesday, Oct. 10, identified the body found Tuesday morning on Washington Street as 25-year-old Tyler Rodriguez of Grand Forks. A passerby called police around 10 a.m. because a man was lying outside a vacant house at 720 Washington St. A press release said Rodriguez was dead when police arrived. Police said the investigation is ongoing and they have not determined how Rodriquez died. Sgt. Travis Benson said there is no risk to the public and foul play is not suspected.
EMERADO, N.D.—An northeast North Dakota woman pleaded guilty Monday to charges that she hit her daughter with a car while drunk. Eileen Grace Ward, 51, of Emerado, about 17 miles west of Grand Forks, will spend a year on probation. Ward allegedly told police she was backing her red Honda Civic to move it further down the driveway about 5:20 a.m. June 15. While backing up, she ran over her daughter, the affidavit said.
GRAND FORKS — A jury found a Lisbon man guilty of vehicular homicide Friday, Oct. 5. Text messages sent before the deadly crash show the passenger was afraid to be in the car. Kevin Lemna, 23, of Enderlin, texted his girlfriend that he was "prolly gonna die" and scared to be in the car with Jordan Lee Borland because he couldn't "even keep it straight on a straight road" hours before the rollover crash that killed him April 13, 2017. His texts also said he wanted to walk home and was "gonna jump out" of Borland's car "cause he's being dumb!"
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